Most babies are not fussy as a result of food allergies. Most times these colic symptoms are due to growth spurts, acid reflux and/or normal baby development.
All breastfeeding mothers should try to avoid dairy products within
the first few weeks after baby's birth, as all newborn babies have digestive systems that are immature.
A mother should notice a difference in her baby’s behavior after eating certain
foods, but fussiness on its own, is not a sign of food sensitivity. Here
are some symptoms of food allergy to look out for...
Allergies are more common in non-breastfed babies. Colostrum contains high concentrations of sIgA, and anti-infective, which coats the baby's gut. This prevents the passage of foreign proteins and germs that cause allergic reactions.
Even just a small amount of formula can alter your baby's gut protection against bacteria for a month! This can increase the risk of allergies and diabetes. If the mother's breast milk is not available, donor breast milk should be considered first. Formula should always be used as a last resort.
A family history of specific food sensitivity, asthma and/or eczema. If both parents have allergies, their baby is 80% more likely to get it, if only one parent is affected, baby has a 30% chance of being allergic.
Also, if you introduce solid foods too soon, or formula before the age of 6 months, your baby is more likely to develop an allergy and/or less serious food sensitivity. Read more about this below...
Cow Milk Sensitivity ~ Dairy Allergy
When babies have a sensitivity towards cow's milk, it is the
protein in the milk that causes the milk allergies, not the lactose. This
is why switching to lactose fee products will not help. A milk protein
allergy can cause all of the symptoms mentioned above.
Most babies with an infant milk allergy, will most likely be allergic to
soy and beef as well. Breastfeeding mothers will need to eliminate all
forms of cow’s milk protein, including cream, yogurt, butter and cheese.
Also anything containing casein, caseinate, sodium and/or calcium
caseinate, lactalbumin or whey. The mother will need to start reading labels on
purchased foods, that may contain cow’s milk protein.
Most of these babies will outgrow their sensitivities, by the age of two.
It's best to wait at least until your baby is six months old, before trying to
introduce dairy products again.
Babies with egg allergies, may also be allergic to: albumin, dried eggs, egg powder, egg solids, ovomucin, ovomucoid, ovovitellin, ovalbumin, livetin and Simplesse. Egg allergy symptoms are the same as the symptoms mentioned above.
Peanut Allergy ~ Peanut Intolerance
One in every 150 children, are affected by peanut allergy. A peanut allergy can be quite severe in some cases.
Traces of peanuts can be found in almost anything, it can even be found in baby formula, ice cream and cereals.
Nut allergy symptoms are also the same as the symptoms mentioned above.
Why Wait to Introduce Solids?
Your baby's digestive tract needs to mature before you start to introduce solid foods. Why? Because of two things, namely: Allergens and Enzymes.
If you give your child solid foods before the six month mark, the lining of your baby's intestines are not sealed off properly against allergens yet. This causes problems like eczema.
Before the six month mark your baby is also not producing sufficient Enzymes for breaking down foods. So when you give your baby foods before this period, it might result in runny stools, gas issues and undigested food (which means that your child is not absorbing all the nutrients in the food).
When trying to prevent infant food allergies, pregnant mothers can avoid all foods, that have caused allergy problems in themselves and their families; this will give the baby a better chance at not being allergic. Mothers should remember to replace the eliminated food, with another food option or with an equivalent supplement.
Breastfeeding exclusively for at least four months, can reduce the risk of infant allergy, the occurrence of eczema and the development of asthma.
To prevent baby allergy, keep your baby and yourself, away from:
~ Dairy products, for a year from birth.
~ Eggs for the first two years.
~ Peanuts, nuts and fish should be avoided for the first three years.
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