If your baby has a diagnosed food allergy such as Cows Milk Protein Allergy you will be advised by your baby's dietician on how to proceed safely with weaning. Please make sure to speak with your baby's dietician before starting to wean them as they will want to monitor their progress and ensure safe weaning. If you do not have a dietician please speak to your GP before weaning your baby and request a referral if there is a diagnosed allergy that requires specialist weaning advice.
The video below has a mother talking about weaning her baby who has a cows milk protein and corn allergy.
If you have a family history of food allergy, asthma, eczema or hay fever or your baby has eczema please speak to your GP before starting to wean them as you may need to be particularly careful about introducing foods which could trigger a reaction.
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Allergy Uk advise that the following signs may be seen in a child who suffering from a food allergy. Click here to access their guide to spotting the signs of food allergy.
*Click here* to access Allergy UK's guide on spotting the signs of a food allergy.
What Are the Symptoms of Food Allergy in Babies and Children?
- A flushed face, hives, a red and itchy rash around the mouth, tongue or eyes. This can spread across the entire body.
- Mild swelling, particularly of the lips, eyes and face.
- A runny or blocked nose, sneezing and watering eyes.
- Nausea and vomiting, tummy cramps and diarrhoea.
- A scratchy or itchy mouth and throat.
- Please call 111 to seek medical advice if any of these signs appear after your child has eaten.
Allergies can cause a rare and severe reaction caused anaphylaxis. This is a medical emergency and you should call 999 immediately if you see any of these symptoms in your baby.
- Wheezing or chest tightness, similar to a severe asthma attack.
- Swelling of the tongue and throat, restricting the airways. This can cause noisy breathing (especially on breathing in), a cough or a change in voice
- A sudden drop in blood pressure (called hypotension) leading to shock.
- Dizziness, confusion, collapse, loss of consciousness and sometimes coma.