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Baby and Toddler Food Allergies

Vanessa T.
VANESSA T.
Pediatric Dietitian
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Milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, shellfish and more! With so many possible food allergies, parents often wonder how and when to introduce these foods to their kids safely. Tinyhood's Registered Dietitian, Vanessa, is here to help.

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Wheat and Dairy Sensitivity vs Allergy
SHRUTI

How to figure out if my son has outgrown his dairy sensitivity (he is now 15MO) and what are best ways to introduce dairy that wouldn't hurt his GIT and still help him develop tolerance to dairy products. Thanks

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Shruti,

While some infants who develop a sensitivity to milk outgrow it by 1-2 years old, others have a true allergy that persists. The same is true for wheat. I would highly recommend checking with your Pediatrician and/or Allergist prior to doing a food challenge to make sure it is safe to do.

That being said, we typically recommend introducing milk in baked goods first. Heating milk denatures the protein, which means your child should be able to tolerate this better than fresh milk. Try a muffin or other baked good that contains milk first and continue incorporating these foods if tolerated. From there, most doctors will recommend trying a very small portion of yogurt or milk to see how it goes. If he seems to tolerate this, you can slowly start increasing the portion and incorporating dairy as part of his regular diet.

Thanks!
Vanessa

SHRUTI

Thank you Vanessa. This information is super helpful.

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Avocado
DIAMOND, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

Are avocados a good first food?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Diamond,

Yes, avocado are a good source of carbohdrate, protein and healthy fat for your little one. You can purée the avocado for a more traditional approach or, if you are considering the Baby Led Weaning method, you can cut a ripe avocado into strips for a finger food your little one can explore!

Thanks,
Vanessa

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Eggs
LILY

Is it ok to give my baby eggs as a first food or does that increase the risk of an allergy?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Lily,

Recent research shows that introducing common allergens like eggs, peanuts and wheat as early as 6 months does not increase the risk for allergy and are safe to give. That being said, I would recommend introducing a few low risk foods first like infant cereal, fruits and veggies before moving on to higher risk foods. Also, if you have a strong family history of allergies, you may want to ask your doctor before introducing eggs and be sure you watch for reaction closely the first few times you offer them.