To help you navigate this tricky terrain, we’ve put together a list of five things that will help you take care of your little one. We hope it helps!
1) Know the basics: Before introducing any new food or product to your baby’s diet, always read labels carefully and make sure they are free from allergens such as milk or seeds. Also, carefully monitor your baby’s reactions to those products, and if any negative side effects occur, stop using the product immediately.
2) Get organized: When dealing with food allergies you need to remain organized, even if you are a stay-at-home parent. Keep a record of everything your child eats and any reactions they might have to foods. That way, if any problems do occur, you’ll know exactly what it was that caused them.
3) Make sure they’re not ‘hidden’: Many allergies and intolerances aren’t caused by the main ingredients in food, but rather by ingredients like wheat and gluten that are added to it as ‘processing aids’ or ‘spices’. These are often found in ready meals and sauces.
4) Begin with a clean slate: Don’t assume that you can keep feeding your baby the same things you’ve been giving them if you suspect an allergy. Food allergies tend to become more difficult to manage when introduced into the diet of older children, so your job is to remove any risks before they get a chance to spread. Don’t adopt a “wait and see” approach to allergies.
5) If a reaction happens: If your baby has a food allergy, you’ll need to act quickly to avoid any life-threatening scenarios where the reaction can result in anaphylactic shock. In such instances, call emergency services immediately and do NOT induce vomiting. The only thing you should try is to calm the child down or give them something that can help stop their breathing. Parents who are unaware of their child’s allergies might think it’s okay for them to induce vomiting so the child will get rid of the food, but this is fraught with danger, as it can lead to major problems if they do not remove all of the offending substance from their system.
6) Teach your child: If you have a baby that has food allergies, it’s important to teach them what foods they can and cannot have. Take them grocery shopping with you and let them pick out some of their own foods. This will help them understand better what is good for them and make the adjustments easier when you go to introduce new foods for the first time.
It’s always a good idea to consult a doctor before introducing any new food or product into the diet of your child. That said, we hope that you find these tips helpful. If you are concerned at all about your child’s development, contact us today and let us know how we can help!