Ideas to introduce the top 8 food allergens to your baby

Hey there. Early and often is a recommendation for introducing the 8 common foods that cause allergic reactions. So let’s keep up with the early and the often part of the AAP recommendation. 

 

A quick review: what’s a reaction look like?

Before we go there, let’s review what a food allergy reaction looks like. Remember if you suspect a reaction call 911 or go to the emergency room. 

Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild symptoms are hives, rash, red splotchy skin or itchy nose. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, repetitive vomiting, weak pulse. Symptoms usually start 2 minutes to 2 hours after exposure. Anaphalaxis is the most dangerous reaction to a food allergy. It can happen quickly, and it can be deadly. For some people, anaphylaxis can make it hard to breathe or hard for the body to circulate blood. When this happens, the treatment is epinephrine.

 

 What should I feed my baby?

Here are some ideas for introducing the top 8 allergens to your baby. How much do you need to do? So the research at this time is limited to peanuts. The studies show about 6-7 teaspoons of peanut butter a week is ideal! We don’t know for other foods, but likely about the same. But that is hard! So just try for as often as you can. Introduce them after your baby is already eating other solids too.

 

Peanuts

  • Bamba (peanut puffs were used in the original studies)
  • Peanut butter thinned out with breastmilk or formula (spoonfed)
  • Peanut butter mixed into baby cereal
  • BLW? Try strips of toast with a thin layer of peanut butter
  • Peanut & banana puree
  • Avoid pure peanut butter, its a choking hazard

 

Soy

  • Cooked tofu
  • Mashed edamame
  • Soy yogurt without added sugar

 

Eggs

  • Soft scrambled eggs
  • Omelet egg strips
  • Egg and avocado

 

Wheat

  • Soft bread
  • Soft pastas
  • Cereal puffs
  • Softened cheerios or wheat baby cereal 

 

Milk

  • Whole fat plain yogurt
  • Plain ricotta cheese

 

Fish

  • Fish patties
  • Fish and sweet potato puree

 

Shellfish

  • Pureed or finely chopped up shrimp, crab, or lobster
  • Shrimp or crab broth (boil the shells and offer the broth)

 

Treenuts

  • Mixed nut spread, almond butter or cashew butter: use similar ideas as with peanuts above
  • Avoid whole nuts in young kids as they are a choking hazard
 
 

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