Purees, baby led, early, late, organic, homemade…there are so many things to think about when you start weaning your baby but trying to wean a baby with food allergies is even more daunting.
Whether you have a diagnosed allergy, suspect a sensitivity or just want to introduce food slowly and safely, following some simple steps can help you minimise the chances of a serious reaction and keep track of any symptoms.
In this video I share my advice, based on my experience of weaning two babies with food allergies.
These steps aren’t foolproof unfortunately. Since we have started weaning baby A she had a bad allergic reaction to Banana, so make sure you are aware of the symptoms of an allergic reaction and know what to do.
We are part of the Hipp Organic #weanteam and their nutritionist, Helen, has also given us some expert advice
“Introduce each new food on its own so that you can watch carefully for signs of an allergy. Then if you see any symptoms you can be fairly sure which food has caused it. Once each food has been accepted singly these can be mixed together.
It can help if you keep a diary of what your baby ate and exactly what happened so that you don’t forget anything which may be important when you see your doctor; this will also help them to make the right diagnosis.”
HiPP Organic offer some good advice on how to identify and manage allergies and intolerances and you can use the search tool on their website to see which products are suitable for specific dietary needs.
Here is a reminder of 5 simple steps to follow:
Only introduce one new food every 3 days
Start with the least allergenic foods
Give your baby a small amount and watch for reactions
Keep a food diary
Know the signs of an allergic reaction and how to treat it.