Baby Food Allergies – How to identify them.

In our experience we were fairly lucky in that Sydney didn’t have baby food allergies as such. He was a breastfed baby and he was fine with formula when we weaned him at six months. When he reached one year old we decided to give him cows milk, which he enjoyed , however his skin wasn’t great. We had a few visits to the doctor but nothing was really identified as being a a major problem. We changed detergent, bathed him in emollient cream as advised but nothing seemed to improve his skin. He had raised pimples similar to a heat rash on his arms and legs. Determined to get to the bottom of this we asked friends and family to see if they had any ideas and Sydney’s grandad suggested goat’s milk. We looked into the benefits of goat’s milk  and realised that people who had issues and allergies with cow’s milk could tolerate goat’s milk. We found that goat’s milk was easier to digest and of course a great source of calcium so we decided give it a try.

Sydney took to the goat’s milk really well and within a week his skin really improved. We have never looked back…Sydney now likes a cup before bed and he likes it on his cereal on a morning.


In our research we found that “Allergic reactions take place when your baby’s immune system mistakenly treats a harmless substance as a harmful one. Baby food allergy symptoms include diarrhea, eczema, nausea, constipation and watery or red eyes. Very rarely, a serious reaction known as allergic shock can occur. This can cause the throat and tongue to swell dangerously, which could lead to choking. In this situation, professional medical help must be sought immediately”

Baby food allergies should not be confused with food intolerance. A baby with food intolerance would have difficulty in digesting a particular type of food, which can be caused by many other things besides an allergen. In either case, diagnosis should be made by a medical professional.

In order to prevent baby food allergies such as these, or to identify foods to which your baby reacts, it is important to follow these simple guidelines –

1. Try to delay feeding your baby solid food until he is at least 6 months of age. His immune system will be better developed by this stage.

2. Only introduce one new food at a time and wait for a few days to see if a reaction occurs. It will then be easy to spot the “problem” food and eliminate it from your baby’s diet.

3. Avoid foods that are known to be more likely to cause allergic reactions. Examples of such foods include eggs (particularly the whites), shellfish, gluten and citrus fruits.

4. Decide whether or not your baby is at a particularly high risk of developing allergies — for example, do you suffer from an allergy yourself? This can often lead to an increased risk of allergies for your baby, although not necessarily to the same allergen (i.e. the substance responsible for the reaction).

5. Discuss any concerns with a medical professional.*

Good luck to all those parents at this exciting stage and we hope this article helps!



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  1. catherine says:

    Great info, my daughter has many allergies, still waiting for her to grow out of them….hoping she will….

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