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September 27, 2016 2 min read

Many parents look forward to being able to introduce baby to new foods, but it can also be nerve wracking for some, especially if food allergies tend to run in the family. That’s why it’s important to introduce new foods one at a time to be able to gauge if your baby has a reaction to a specific food. You should wait a few days before introducing another new food just to be on the safe side.

For most people these are the top foods that cause allergic reactions:

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Wheat

With some of these foods, it is suggested to wait until your baby is a little older to try them for the first time.

Typically, allergy symptoms will begin to show quickly after the food is consumed. The reactions can range from very mild to quite severe.

These are the symptoms to be on the lookout for after introducing your baby to a new food:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Face or mouth swelling
  • Loss of consciousness

While we still don’t know why some children have food allergies and others don’t, it is common for children to outgrow their food allergies by age 5.

Bring your child to an allergy specialist if you suspect that your child does have a food allergy. They will be able to diagnose your child, usually through a skin-prick test. Your child may need to avoid certain trigger foods afterwards, or cut the food out of his diet completely. Always make sure to have antihistamine medicine with you wherever you go or an EpiPen if it is prescribed. Lastly, let everyone who takes care of your child know about his food allergies, whether it be a teacher, grandparent, babysitter, friend, etc.


Written by Carrie Shan, Founder of Silkberry Baby

Silkberry Baby is an organic baby clothing brand located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Developed by Carrie Shan, a mother of two young children, the range was conceived to create a baby bedding and clothing product range as her daughter had an allergic reaction to synthetic fibres. After much research, she sourced natural, eco-friendly and sustainable fibers (mulberry silk floss and bamboo) that she found to be the best natural choices available for baby and toddlers' bedding and clothing.

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