Food allergies in infants
The ideal food for a baby is, of course, his mother’s breast milk. Meanwhile, even with breastfeeding, food allergies sometimes develop in infants. The development of food allergies in infants, as a rule, indicates that the mother has eaten a certain product, and the infant has a response.
Food allergies in infants can develop to citrus fruits, honey and nuts, strawberries and tomatoes, chocolate and sweets, to rich meat and even in some cases chicken. Of course, food allergies in infants can also be found on other food products, which, in principle, are not irritants, but each child’s body is individual in this regard.
If the baby’s nutrition already for some part consists of artificial feeding, or the mother is just going to introduce it into the daily diet, and there is a suspicion that food allergies may develop in the baby, since when breastfeeding he often has reddening of the skin cheeks, it is worth consulting an allergist before introducing complementary foods. A qualified specialist will resolve the issue of the presence of food allergies in babies, which could be inherited, if any. In addition, the child will undergo allergy tests, which will show which foods the body responds to with an allergic reaction. In most cases, food allergies in infants are caused by the presence of cow’s milk protein in the diet, which is present in all milk cereals for children. Other babies have allergic reactions to casein , which is found in mother’s breast milk substitutes.
With the development of food allergies in infants to cow’s milk, it is necessary to exclude milk porridge from the child’s diet. It is not worth worrying about the deficiency of nutrients in the child’s body, since the prohibition of milk cereals is not forever, but only until the baby survives an allergy to its protein.
If a child is on a diet with an artificial breast milk substitute, if he or she detects an allergic reaction to casein , doctors advise replacing it with a hydrolyzate . Such food, of course, will cost the parents more than the usual artificial feeding, but it is considered curative, and for any mother, nothing is more expensive than the health of the baby.
If you find a food allergy in a baby, you should not start using hormone-based ointments. Such drugs are usually prescribed only as a last resort, for example, when diagnosing atopic dermatitis. It may be that at the pediatrician’s appointment, the baby has only minor rashes on the skin, and the doctor will diagnose atopic dermatitis. In such a situation, it is necessary to seek confirmation from a dermatologist-allergist.
If for a long time a food allergy in a baby is found to a certain product, then this product must be excluded from the diet for at least a few months.
A mother needs to be extremely careful and attentive in the process of assembling her child’s diet. New products are introduced literally one gram at a time, in the process of which the child’s condition is constantly monitored . At the same time, you should not limit the children’s menu to only those products that are not considered allergens. You can give your child baby puree containing, for example, plums or cherries – these berries rarely cause allergies.
When preparing baby food on your own, vegetables should be soaked before boiling. When feeding a baby with meat broth, it is better to give secondary broth.