Thursday, 2 July 2015

Highly allergenic foods

Some foods are more likely to cause allergies in children who already have a food allergy. You may need to seek advice from your doctor or dietician before you introduce these to your child. 

When you introduce new foods to your baby, try to only introduce a new one every 3 or 4 days and keep a dairy diary of any potential reactions. It will allow you to spot any potential patterns that you may not otherwise have noticed. 

A dairy can help identify trigger foods.

The following foods are likely to be responsible for over 90% of food allergies:

  • Soy and soy products - e.g. yogurt and tofu. 
  • Peanuts  
  • Egg 
  • Gluten- found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt.
  • Fish and shell fish. 
  • Tree seeds
  • Celery
  • Mustard  
  • Sulphur dioxide (used to preserve some food items, e.g. apricots. You can usually find sulphur free dried apricots in health food shops). 

Problems such as hayfever, asthma and eczema tend to run in families and may be associated with higher rates of food allergies in babies. 

The advice about when to introduce these can be a bit confusing for parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics say there's no evidence to delay waiting till the child is over a year to introduce these foods unless there is significant family history of food allergies in your family. There is some evidence that giving some foods such as peanuts may make your child less likely to be allergic. 

Some extra websites to check out:

As ever, if you are unsure, please contact your doctor or dietician for further advice!