How do I know if my baby has an allergy?
If you’re worried your baby has an allergy, don’t panic. Almost every baby will suffer from allergies and illnesses at one time or another. It’s all part of their development as they’re building up a strong immune system.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is your body’s reaction to a particular food or substance. They’re pretty common, 1 in 4 people suffer from them, and they occur a lot in babies and children.
What are the symptoms of allergies for babies?
Babies react differently to different allergies, look out for these signs to help you catch them early on:
• Blocked and runny nose
• Red, watery and itchy eyes
• Itchy skin or a visible rash
• Swollen lips and throat
• Stomach cramps
The good news is most allergic reactions are mild and should clear up on their own or be easily managed. But if your baby is having a severe reaction and is having trouble breathing, call 999 for urgent medical care.
Can I reduce the risk of my baby developing allergies?
Breast milk gives your baby the best protection. Its unique nutrients helps to build a strong immune system that is able to fight off allergic reactions as well as illnesses. It also reduces the risk of exposure to food allergens that can be found in cows’ milk-based baby formulas.
If you choose not to breastfeed, for whatever reason, there are formula milks which helps to reduce the risk of allergies. Speak to your midwife or healthcare provider when choosing the best formula for your baby’s needs.
Why do babies get allergies?
All babies are different, some are born with allergies or intolerances and some can develop them throughout their life. The good news is, babies are resilient and often grow out of their allergies as their immune system develops. But some can suffer longer term into childhood and even adulthood.
Inherited allergies are common. For example, if one or both parents have an allergy such as hay fever or eczema then there is a higher chance that this will be passed on to your baby.
Important advice for you
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.
Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.
Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer. It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.
Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.
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The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.