Infant 6m-12m

I Think My Child Is Allergic To This Food!


Children are sometimes allergic to some foods, food allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to certain foods which it consider harmful. Most times, allergic reactions are mild but sometimes they can be fatal.

Having food allergy is an inherited predisposition, if you have a family history of allergies (food, asthma, hay fever) your child is more likely to develop a food allergy. Children with two allergic parents are especially at a high risk of developing an allergy compared to a child with non-allergic parents.

Most children usually grow out of allergies as they grow up. The first time a certain food is eaten e.g nuts or crabs the body does not react, but once the food is eaten again the body reacts by producing a range of symptoms to deal with the allergen.

Although food intolerance can have the same symptoms as food allergies, do not confuse them together as food intolerance doesn’t involve the immune system.


Symptoms

The symptoms usually develop some minutes or two hours after eating or touching the allergen food.

Symptoms include;

  • Rashes, hives, eczema or red skin
  • Itchy or swollen lips, mouth, tongue or throat
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Nausea
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Diarrhoea, blood in stools, abdominal cramps and bloating (especially in infants and young children when allergic to milk and soy)

In an anaphylactic reaction, the whole body reacts to an allergen. A combination of the symptoms above with more serious symptoms like difficulty breathing, wheezing, and a loss of consciousness are present. Seek medical help when you notice the symptoms of anaphylactic reaction

Foods that can cause food allergies include;

Any food can cause food reaction, and your child might not even react to any of the foods below but to other foods, but most of the food allergies are cause by these 8 foods;

  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans)
  • Sea foods (fish and shellfish).

Most tines, children outgrow their allergies for foods like milk, eggs and soy but rarely do they outgrow their allergy for peanut, fish and sea foods.

Identify the foods your child is allergic to and do not give them those foods as allergies can be sometimes life-threatening.

Treatment of a food allergy

There’s no cure for food allergy, recognizing the food that causes it and avoiding such food is the only way.

Here are some tips;

  • Check the food ingredients on the label of any product before buying it
  • be careful not to use any of the possible allergens in cooking food (cooking crayfish when your child is allergic to sea food.)
  • When eating out, tell the staff about your child’s food allergy and ask them for the menu.

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Why Kids Experience Flatulence


It is quite amusing when your baby breaks wind and you say to yourself ‘so you’re not left out in this farting business’ lols.

However, if your baby farts so loud and you think everyone would think you then you need to take a close look at your baby, there could be much more to these innocent farts. It is common for babies to be gassy in the first three months of life because their intestine is just maturing and in children of 6-12 months as when they are being introduced to complimentary meals.

If your baby is fussy with bloated and hard tummy, passing a lot of gas, burps often, crying a lot she could have a flatulence or gas pain and even colic/reflux.


Flatulence can occur under the following conditions

  1. Swallowing air when feeding:  Breastfed babies experience less of this because they can control how the milk flows compared to formula fed babies who could have challenges with the teat of the feeding bottle.
  2. The use of baby pacifier: pacifiers may help to stop your baby from crying but it encourages your baby to swallow air.
  3. Allowing baby to cry a lot: Babies cry a lot to communicate their needs but when you allow your child cry for a long time she will take in lots of air through the mouth.
  4. Lactose intolerance: Formula fed babies tend to be more at risk of developing milk protein allergy but breastfed babies can also develop an allergy to milk proteins from dairy product taken by the mother.

Intake of foods and drinks that tend to produce gas: Food such as beans and other high-fibre food, carbonated (fizzy) drinks can make your child gassy.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent your baby from having flatulence;

  1. Hold your baby uprightly during feedings: Feeding your baby in an upright manner helps the milk travel easily into her tummy, or you can tilt the feeding bottle to a 30 to 40-degree angle so that any air in it can go to the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Burp frequently: Burping your baby helps to expel any air that your baby may have swallowed. Burping should be done during and after feeding.
  3. Examine the feeding bottle’s nipple: if you are bottle-feeding your baby, you need to check the hole on the nipple. It should be just right –not too small or big because if it small your baby will have to gulp for milk and if big, the milk will flow too fast.
  4. Watch what you eat: what you eat is transferred to your baby through the breast milk. If you take, any food and you discover your baby has flatulence you have to eliminate it from your diet while you are still breastfeeding.

Ways to treat your baby’s flatulence;

  • Massage your baby’s abdomen: you can do this by laying your baby on the back, bend the knees, legs and apply gentle pressure on the stomach.
  • Baby’s leg exercise: move your baby’s legs in a cycling motion as she’s on her back
  • Warm baths
  • Use of gas relief drops
  • Gripe water
  • Burping

It is normal for a baby to experience flatulence but in few cases, it could be some of the tell-tale sign of a digestive problem if in addition to the flatulence sign your baby does not poop, has bloody stools, fussy, feverish, diarrhoea and vomiting.

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