Food allergy is an abnormal immune response to food. The symptoms of the allergic reaction may range from mild to severe. They may include itchiness, swelling of the tongue, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, trouble breathing, or low blood pressure. This typically occurs within minutes to several hours of exposure. (Wikipedia)
This is an aspect of feeding that is so important to me and it should be to every parent everywhere in the world.
- Anyone can have an allergic reaction to any kind of food.
- An allergic reaction could range from rashes, swollen lips, face or limbs, an itch, breathlessness, it could come as a combination of two or more symptoms and sometimes it could be life threatening.
When feeding children new meals:
- Check the ingredients in them to be sure your child is not allergic to them
- Some foods like egg, fish, groundnuts, soybean, wheat, milk etc are more likely to cause allergies so carry out an allergy test before starting children on any of these food ingredients
It is important to take babies and toddlers through an allergy test when trying a new food ingredient for the first time.
- Take a small amount of the new food ingredient and feed baby with it
- Watch baby for any form of reaction from that moment till the next day and the day after.
- While waiting do not try any other new food.
- If baby shows no reaction, good.
- If there is a reaction discontinue feeding baby the ingredient causing the reaction.