So many children seem to have food allergies these days. However, there are some things you can do now that may help prevent your infant developing one.
Food allergies can cause problems like eczema or, in extreme cases, lead to life-threatening allergic reactions that can end in a fatality.
Common foods that can cause allergic reactions are: peanuts, eggs, fish, cow’s milk, wheat and tree nuts.
Researchers aren’t sure why the number of children with food allergies is on the rise, but it is.
Food allergies tend to run in families, so if you have a family member with an allergy, you’re more likely to develop one.
The Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy has detailed guidelines offering practical steps to take that may help reduce the risk of infants developing allergies.
The society has recently updated three key recommendations. They focus on the right time to introduce a variety of solids, when and if infants should be given allergenic solids such as peanut butter and cooked eggs and advice regarding hydrolysed milk. If you need advice or clarification about these recommendations, please consult your GP.
Remember, your infant or child could develop a food allergy at any time, regardless of what steps you take.
If this happens, stop the food and see your doctor. Signs of an allergy can include: runny nose, rash, itchy skin or mouth, sneezing, hives, eczema, mild swelling of lips, nose and eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea or nausea.
If they have a serious reaction such as a swelling mouth, tongue, lips or they have difficulty breathing or collapse, call 111 immediately for an ambulance.