Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Food Allergies in Infants and Babies

This is my life she gives me purpose everyday.
When Madi was 1 she had eczema (after we introduced her to dairy), we went to doctors, specialists, blood tests, skin tests, and the natural tonics and weatern/eastern doctors. Madi has been on every drug/cream to control her itch/rash. One day i said i can't do this to her anymore and i started researching and reading and took her off all meds and just gave her whole foods and today Madi is much better, happy and healthy... She still has food/outdoor allergies but i just give her vitamins and keep her away those foods like milk, peanuts and soy (sometimes you have to let a kid be a kid and have free days to eat things like, ice cream, cookies, pizza), the older kids get the stronger there immune
 system gets to fight off there Allergies so say yes to organic whole foods and say no to putting chemicals and additives on or inside ur kids.
 Wednesday April 19th 2006, 8:41 pm
Filed under: Disease
By Lucky Balaraman

Is your baby susceptible to bouts of unexplained itchiness that you thought were merely a phase or skin sensitivity? Is her nose sometimes stuffy or runny? Is she cranky for no apparent reason and is she trying to tell you something?
Is emitting large quantities of intestinal gas a regular affair for your infant? Is his tummy a little more bloated than other kids’ and does he struggle to pass even soft stool or diarrhea?
If the answer is ‘”yes” to most of these questions, read on. Your baby might be dealing with a food allergy.
First of all, don’t panic. It’s not as serious as it sounds. Food allergies are a common problem amongst babies and adults alike.
There are many possible reasons for food allergies. Your infant could be allergic to cow’s milk or your child could be having some problems dealing with solids when you’re trying to wean him/her. Here are some possible causes for food allergies:
· Introduction of allergenic solids in baby’s diet before four months of age
· Allergy towards cow’s milk
· Allergy towards other foods like dairy products, fish, nuts, or wheat
· Heredity
· Enzyme deficiency which causes lactose intolerance
· In rare cases, a serious undetected illness or condition
Although food allergies in most cases are merely a nuisance and not life-threatening, parents still need to know the type of food or food group to eliminate from their baby’s diet. By avoiding, rotating the diet and playing food detective, we can minimize the discomfort and symptoms of food allergies as much as possible.
First, try to eliminate the following products from your infant’s diet.
· Dairy products
· Soy
· Egg (or at least white of egg)
· Wheat
· Peanuts
· Tree nuts
· Citrus fruits
· All types of food additives (reduce introduction of canned, packaged or ready-to-eat food)v · Shellfish
If you’re not sure whether your baby is indeed suffering from a food allergy, observe your baby very closely and monitor his/her diet to see if she is experiencing any of the following allergic reactions:
· Rashes on face or other body parts that are red and scaly
· Hives
· Swollen hands and feet, puffy eyes
· Dark circles under the eyes
· Throat soreness and tongue
· Sneezing, running or stuffy nose
· Wheezing
· Persistent cough
· Ear infection
· Red and scaly rashes around the anus
· Abdominal discomfort
· Diarrhea or soft stool
· Poor weight gain
· Bloating of the stomach
· Gassiness
· Fatigue, headaches
· Irritability, moodiness, hyperactivity
· Sore muscles and joints
If you’ve determined that your infant is, indeed, suffering from a food allergy, try substituting some of the allergenic foods with non-allergenic foods like apples, apricots, barley, beets, grapes, cranberries, mangoes and oats.
Other non-allergenic foods include asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, chicken, broccoli, lettuce, rice, safflower oil, salmon, sweet potatoes, rye and honey.
Food allergies, as mentioned earlier, are quite common among infants and can be dealt with easily. The most important thing is for us to detect them, minimize reaction and symptoms, get advice from a professional and eliminate the allergies’ immediate causes.
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