From pureed veggies to nut butters and puffs—one of the most exciting milestones when raising littles is watching them try new foods! As food becomes an everyday part of their routine, a diverse diet is essential in helping them get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. But introducing new foods can understandably cause concern in parents, especially when it comes to the most common food allergens.
How do you know if your child is showing signs of an allergic reaction after eating a new food? Learn more about our top five signs to watch out for.
Most food-related allergy symptoms occur within minutes of eating or being exposed to allergen proteins, but allergic reactions can still occur within 2-4 hours of ingestion.
First-time exposure, especially with infants, is more likely to cause a mild reaction if your child has food allergies. However, if an allergy exists, repeated exposures can develop into more serious reactions.
An allergic reaction can be seen in the skin, eyes, and mouth, and in more severe cases, can affect your infant’s breathing, stomach, and heart. If you’re looking for signs of an allergic reaction in your little one, here’s what to watch for:
1. Skin (Face or Body)
Although hives, nausea, and vomiting are the most common allergic reaction symptoms for infants, all children will respond differently. Whether it is redness of the skin or anaphylaxis, when a reaction does occur, immediately stop feeding that food to your little one and seek medical assistance.
What’s the difference between an allergic reaction and intolerance?
When you have a true food allergy, your immune system causes the reaction. Your immune system targets the food protein as being harmful, and overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.
If you have a food sensitivity or intolerance, your digestive system triggers the reaction when it is having difficulty digesting a certain substance in the food. Symptoms of food sensitivity or intolerances often include gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain or cramping, heartburn, and nausea.
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