Our guest blogger today is Missy a.k.a. Marketing Mama…
Like many parents, I was taught to introduce solids very slowly to my baby.
Start with cereals, then fruits and veggies. Wait two to three days between new foods to watch for an adverse reaction. I followed the rules carefully with both my children. With no history of food allergies in our family, I wasn’t very concerned with my first child, Alex. He loved solid foods and never had a negative reaction.
We had an entirely different experience with my 18-month old daughter, Avery.
Her food allergy story starts with a serious case of eczema. Our pediatrician put me on notice early on: food allergies are at the root of about 40% of all cases of children with mild to severe eczema. That made me nervous. When she was six months old, I began introducing solids. I followed the rules, and watched her closely for symptoms.
I later learned that although people can develop food allergies to anything, only eight foods are responsible for 90% of all food allergies in America: eggs, milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts and almonds), fish and shellfish. I also learned (too late) that allergens can transfer to children through breast milk.
I started to worry about food allergies as we neared her first birthday. When she tried cow’s milk, and later ate cake at her first birthday party, she got really itchy, agitated and had red marks on her skin (now I know they were hives).
I gave her children’s Benadryl and were determined she get food allergy testing at her 12-month well-baby check.
With only one week until that appointment, I served Avery scrambled eggs (with milk) for dinner one evening, not realizing it was one of the most common food allergens. Within 2-3 minutes she became inconsolable, had red streaking and hives on her face and trunk. Her eyeballs turned pink. She was coughing. Read the rest of this entry »