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...
Baby Food Allergy Symptoms
Eczema, hives and dry, reddened skin (mostly found on the face).
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.
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.
Treatment Options for Food Sensitivities
Food elimination as discussed above.
Breastfeeding and Infant Food Allergy
Prevention of All Food Intolerances
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.
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.
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