Spotting an Allergic Reaction
There are several signs to watch out for that may indicate your baby has a potential allergy or intolerance to a food. Many of these signs and symptoms may also occur due to a variety of different environmental factors such as laundry soap, illness or even teething. The odd appearance of a rash might simply be due to the acidity of foods like kiwi, oranges, or even tomatoes; sensitivity to the acidity of fruits is common in babies younger than 10-12 months of age.
Gassiness is another symptom that is often due to temporary food intolerance and not to an actual food allergy. Your baby may become gassy because his immature digestive system may simply be reacting to and trying to process a newly introduced food. Digestive upsets tend to be nothing more than temporary tummy troubles rather than an actual food allergy or food intolerance; think of the way broccoli makes many adults gassy.
Of all of the signs, the closure or tightening of the throat is the most difficult to determine in babies. If your baby’s face begins to swell then it is possible that his throat is beginning to tighten and close also; please be sure to seek immediate attention if swelling occurs. Watch for these symptoms, note the food that you have fed your little one and continue to keep a close watch on your baby to see if the symptoms progress or subside. Breathing or other respiratory difficulties as well as swelling should be reported immediately.
Here are the signs that your baby may have an allergy to a food:
Sudden loose or diarrhea stools
Sudden rashes or red splotches on the skin and bottom
Irritability and/or gassiness after a new food or meal
Breathing or other respiratory troubles after a new food/meal
Swelling of the face, lips and/or tongue
Closure or tightening of the throat