As a new dad myself food allergies were at the top of the list I had to worry about for my new baby boy Bruce’s health. You best believe that before we tried anything that wasn’t specifically baby food we looked up common food allergies, how to avoid allergy issues if necessary and found some handy information on how to properly use an EpiPen. 🕵️♂️
While most pediatricians recommend waiting for your baby to reach six months before you start giving them solid foods we ended up feeding Bruce a month or two earlier. (DaysoftheDad always recommends checking with your pediatrician as they will tell you what signs show they are ready and what foods they suggest to start off)
Throughout the research, DaysoftheDad has found some pretty interesting information that I feel must be passed on to future parents to help generations to come! 🙌
I’ve learned that about 8 to 10 percent of children under 18 have a food allergy. Among them the most common are milk, nuts and peanuts, wheat, soy and eggs. Plus an easy way to know if parents need to stay away from a certain food is to know your family history since food allergies are hereditary most of the time.
In case you didn’t listen in science class like my fiancee and many others who aren’t complete nerds like me. 🤓 Know that a baby becomes allergic to something when his/her immune system becomes sensitized (“made sensitive to” or like Superman with kryptonite in other words) to it by making antibodies (Osmosis Jones 😆).
Parents please make sure to keep an eye on them for a while as well since your child can become allergic to the substance the first or hundredth time they come in contact with the food/substance. Oh and another cool thing most parents don’t know that I learned from “What To Expect The First Year” is this: “Food allergies are often outgrown with experts saying that 80 to 90% of egg, milk, wheat, and soy allergies disappear by 5 years old.” So make sure to keep up to date with your pediatrician to see if this might be the case with your little one. 😉
Another tip great tip is to make sure a food allergy is what is really happening with your child. Sometimes what we see as an allergy can often just be an intolerance. For example babies with Celiac disease are unable to digest gluten. Again your pediatrician will be your best friend as they can administer tests specifically designed to detect if your child is allergic to the food or if it’s just an intolerance.
- runny nose and eyes
- abdominal pain or discomfort
- in severe cases anaphylactic shock
How to deal with allergies daily plus contingency plan!
Allergies of all kinds can make a kids life a nightmare especially if they are sensitive to the substance even through smell and touch. I’ve worked with a person that was so sensitive to hazelnut that everyone had to keep it away from work. If it was even in the perfume women wore or in the coffee creamer we used they would have to be medically helped like Miss Puff on Spongebob.
You have to learn how to handle and avoid these situations so that you an protect your little prince or princess to the fullest against allergic reactions. AAP’s article “Kids’ Allergies Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics” helps out a ton with this so I’ll relay the info for ya 😊
Allergies suck and can get in the way of school, fun and family time. Here are some common treatments parents have asked their pediatrician about:
- Antihistamines – These are medicines like Claritin or Benedryl, they can help with a runny nose, itchy and/or watery eyes and excessive sneezing. I have used it to help with itchy skin due to things like poison ivy as well as if I breakout in hives. Could cause drowsiness so make sure to take that into consideration.
- Nasal Corticosteroids – Flonase or Nasacort are two brands that come to mind for those that don’t know any. They usually have to be used daily for them to work and are widely used.
Now that you know that your child has allergies I suggest taking the “Bubble Boy” approach. 🤣 Lmao just kidding, but honestly you do need to take precautions such as reading labels on the things your child eats or drinks and even screen foods in such places as children’s events or playgroups.
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Also it’s a big deal to have a game plan on how you or the person watching the child will react in the case of exposure. Tell anyone that takes care of them such as school teachers, baby sitters, grandparents, etc.
Need to know how to use an EpiPen?
Here’s the step by step process to help you out!
I really hope that this blog helps out a ton of parents now and in the future. Parenting can be one of the hardest and confusing experience to go through which is the reason DaysoftheDad relentlessly looks for information we believe is useful or interesting to know to help out!
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