Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How to Avoid Food Allergies

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Many parents are worried about choosing the appropriate solid foods to avoid allergies. How to Avoid Food Allergies? To help you choose the right foods, here are some steps that can be your guide.

Start gradually
Introduce foods one by one at a time to your baby. This is to anticipate the possibility of allergies. If it does not provide one by one, you will have difficulty determining which foods that trigger allergies. For example, if you provide three new food throughout the day and the children showed an allergic reaction, you will not know which foods are a trigger.

If the food is healthy and has a balanced nutrition, it's up to you to introduce these foods to your baby. But each time offering a new food, wait three or five days before adding new foods into the menu list. You do not need to eliminate all other foods that are consumed by a baby , but do not add other new foods.

Recognize food allergens
There are more than 160 foods that can trigger allergies. But, the following eight food is the trigger of 90 percent of allergy cases. Therefore, it is worth waiting for older babies consume some food before the next, especially peanuts. In fact, many experts recommend waiting until the child is three years before trying the bean.
Here are eight major trigger food allergies:
1. Milk
2. Egg
3. Bean
4. Bean trees (like walnuts or almonds)
5. Fish
6. Clam
7. Soybeans
8. Wheat

Symptoms of food allergies
Food allergy symptoms usually appear immediately after food is consumed, in a matter of minutes to hours. If you introduce new foods to your baby, try to pay attention to the emergence of the following symptoms:
1. Hives (itchy disease with red spots)
2. Red rash
3. Vomiting and / or diarrhea
4. Coughing or wheezing (sound that arises when a person breathes, which is caused by narrowing of the channel-winded)
5. Difficulty breathing
6. Lost consciousness or fainting

Protect babies from allergies
Many doctors still recommend to wait until the baby was a little older, nine or 10 months before introducing these eighth foods. And some doctors recommend to stay away from nuts and shellfish until the baby was three years old.
In addition, whole cow's milk should not be given to infants younger than one year. This is because the milk protein can irritate the stomach. However, yogurt and cottage cheese is recommended, because the protein from dairy products will be parsed. And less likely to cause stomach upset"
In addition, according to some experts, you should wait until the child is at least one year to introduce honey. Because, honey, potentially causing serious illness known as botulism (food poisoning) in infants.


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