Special situation: allergic baby

How to introduce new products of small allergies? Although the principle of "gradually and gradually" remains the main and in this case, for particularly sensitive eaters there are nuances.

To offer the baby any food novelties one by one and a lot, watching his reaction. On the 1st day, start with 0.5-1 teaspoon (not more than 10 g); first give a new product, next to the familiar. In each subsequent day, increase the portion twice, until you reach the volume, put the baby by age. Adaptation to unfamiliar food takes 5-7 days; at this time, do not give the child any other novelties and watch how his body reacts: there is no rash or redness on the skin (it's these phenomena - doctors call them dermatitis - most often allergic to babies), itching, abdominal pains, regurgitation , diarrhea or constipation.

Problems still arise? Do not rush to immediately abandon the possible "enemy": continue to give the baby this product, but do not increase the portion 2-4 days. During this time, the baby's body can get used to the new food, and everything will work out. Several days passed, but the situation only worsened? Cancel the product, but only for a while: in 2-3 weeks the experiment can be repeated. If the allergic reaction is very severe, consult a doctor and give your child anti-allergic (antihistamine) drugs: for example, Fenistil (Novartis), Zirtek (UCB).

With new products you need to wait, when the allergic reaction in the baby is in full swing, but from already familiar to the child at this time to refuse is not necessary. But when the allergy is permanently present (for example, the rash passes, it appears again regardless of nutrition), it is not worth to give up the age-appropriate products. Remember, how the child's skin looked when you just started to introduce a new product to him, and take this condition as a starting point: observe if the rash or itching has worsened.

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What is worth remembering when choosing products for a child?

It is better for small allergy sufferers to shift the terms of acquaintance with products that often cause a reaction for several months: eggs, fish, vegetables and fruits of red and orange, citrus, sweets. For example, if usually fish are given to babies from 8-9 months, then for allergies - after 1 year. Do children with allergies need special hypoallergenic products: special mixtures, dairy-free cereals, vegetable, fruit and meat purees? They should be given only in the event that the usual does not "go" for the baby. The child's organism should receive training, so try to start with the usual, suitable crumbs for the age of baby food products.

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