Food Allergies in Babies

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 by 1 Comment
Food Allergies in Babies

When my daughter was born, I decided to nurse her. My mom fed us formula, and my mother-in-law did the same with her four kids, so I was breaking with tradition.

I received all kinds of advice, including the importance of making sure my daughter would take a bottle.

She did learn to drink water from a bottle, and when she was three months old I decided I could leave her with my mother-in-law while my husband and I went to the movies.

I bought formula instead of pumping, and with a little coaxing, she drank the whole bottle. I put a burp cloth on my shoulder and patted her on the back. She let out a big burp, and I figured all would go well for a night out.

That changed quickly enough. My baby started crying. Not the fussy kind of crying. It was more of a I’m in pain kind of cry. I held her up in front of me looking into her little face, talking to her when suddenly she vomited.

I’m not talking spit up, I’m talking projectile vomiting. I stared in horror! I’d never seen anything like it!

At the time I didn’t know it, but this was my first indicator that she had a dairy intolerance. My son also had a milk allergy. They both outgrew it, but it took almost three years.

There are over 160 allergenic foods, but 90% of the time they fall within these eight food groups:

  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts (such as walnuts or almonds)
  • Wheat

Information on food allergies in babies is constantly evolving. My pediatrician helped me wade through it all.

While my kids experienced vomiting and diarrhea, other symptoms related to food allergies in babies also includes hives, skin rash, coughing or wheezing, trouble breathing, and more. If you see anything like this, be sure to talk with your doctor.

Photo credits: TheGiantVermin

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Donna Sundblad

Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer's Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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    My youngest had a hard time with formula, all formula, and I was only able to nurse a very short time. I ended up with him on soy formula and he even threw that up.