Sunday, March 16, 2008

Foods known to cause allergies in babies

This list of baby foods to avoid contains foods known to provoke allergic reactions or digestive problems in babies. This doesn't mean that all these foods will make your child unwell. But if you're worried that your baby is very sensitive - maybe because you have a food allergy yourself - then it is definitely worth avoiding them for the first year, at least.

Baby Foods To Avoid - Foods Likely To Cause An Allergic Reaction Or Digestive Problem
Eggs (especially the whites)
Cow's milk
Peanuts or peanut butter
Shellfish - lobster, prawns, crab and shrimp
Gluten - contained in wheat, oats and barley
Fish - particularly plaice, tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines
Berries - especially strawberries
Citrus fruits - orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime and tangerine
Sesame seeds/sesame oil

Baby Foods To Avoid - Foods That Present A Choking Hazard
Large chunks of fruit or vegetables, raw or cooked
Large chunks of meat
Whole grapes or cherry tomatoes - always cut into quarters
Raisins - wait until your baby has teeth and is chewing well

Baby Foods To Avoid - Honey
NEVER give honey to a baby under one year of age.

Honey can contain botulism spores. In babies, the spores can grow and produce life-threatening toxins.

Do not use honey to sweeten yogurt, or in any other form, before your baby's first birthday.

Credit: Homemade Baby Food Recipes

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