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Healthy diet: Expert lists signs of food allergies among infants – News9 LIVE

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Food allergies and intolerances are increasingly common among babies, sometimes due to enzyme deficiencies present at birth or developing over time. Distinguishing between an allergy, involving an immune system response, and an intolerance, affecting digestion, empowers parents to navigate their baby’s diet confidently.

Food allergies are very common among infants (Image: Freepik)

New Delhi: As new parents embark on the exciting journey of introducing solid foods to their infants, concerns about food allergies and intolerances often arise. Identifying these signs early can significantly contribute to keeping your baby safe and healthy. Whether it’s a lactose intolerance causing a tummy ache or a reaction to peanuts, being aware and informed is crucial for providing your baby with the best start in life.

Kiran Meena, Co- founder at ParentsnKids and The ParentZ App, said, “Food allergies and intolerances are increasingly common among babies, sometimes due to enzyme deficiencies present at birth or developing over time. Distinguishing between an allergy, involving an immune system response, and an intolerance, affecting digestion, empowers parents to navigate their baby’s diet confidently.”

Role of technology in monitoring infant health

Technology can be a valuable tool in monitoring your baby’s health. Baby growth & health tracker Apps for children are easily available and simplify tracking vaccinations, feeding habits, medications, and overall growth. By logging your baby’s diet and any reactions, you can quickly identify patterns and share vital information with healthcare providers.

It’s essential to note that these online apps are recognized and verified as safe to use.

Signs of food allergies and intolerances

Signs of food allergies include flushed skin, hives, swelling of the face or tongue, diarrhea, coughing, vomiting, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness.

Conversely, signs of food intolerances may manifest as stomach cramps, bloating, gas, diarrheic, constipation, eczema flare-ups, chronic fatigue, or behavioral changes like irritability or restlessness.

Certain foods like cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, strawberries, citrus fruits, and tomatoes are common triggers, but any food can potentially cause a reaction.

Prevention Strategies

To minimise the risk of food allergies and intolerances in infants, several preventive measures can be taken.
“Firstly, exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months provides essential nutrients and antibodies that support the infant’s immune system and digestive health,” the expert said.

When introducing solid foods, it’s important to do so gradually, offering one new food at a time and closely monitoring for any adverse reactions.

Additionally, delaying the introduction of common allergens such as peanuts, eggs, shellfish, strawberries, citrus fruits, and tomatoes until later stages of infancy can help reduce the likelihood of allergic reactions.

Furthermore, creating an allergen-friendly environment by reducing exposure to environmental allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and pollen can also contribute to minimizing the risk of allergies.

Recognising signs of food allergies or intolerances in infants requires vigilance, consultation with healthcare professionals, and proactive preventive measures such as breastfeeding and careful introduction of solid foods.

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