Weaning Tips: Introducing Nuts

Early introduction of peanuts is thought to help the immune system tolerate peanut proteins. Nuts should be incorporated into an infant’s diet from 6 months of age to prevent sensitivity and maintain tolerance. Research suggests that introducing peanuts between 6-12 months of age can reduce peanut allergy in high risk infants e.g. those with significantContinue reading “Weaning Tips: Introducing Nuts”

Babies and chocolate

Despite Easter being a Christian festival and holiday, it often comes with an abundance of chocolate eggs. With Easter coming up this weekend some of you may be wondering, can you give chocolate to your baby? Chocolate ideally shouldn’t be given before the age of 2 due to the caffeine and sugar content, however inContinue reading “Babies and chocolate”

Food allergen avoidance: Top tips

Avoiding allergens can be harder than you think. Here are my tips to keep your child safe: Ensure that you have the support of a medical team if your child has a food allergy, and seek support from a qualified children’s dietitian for diet advice. Food Labels – Within the EU food labels should clearlyContinue reading “Food allergen avoidance: Top tips”

Egg Allergy

Egg allergy like many other allergies is caused by the immune system reacting to the protein as if it is harmful, and around 2% of children suffer from an egg allergy, however just like milk allergy, they often outgrow this. Despite this, egg allergy can be dangerous, and children’s reactions can range from a skinContinue reading “Egg Allergy”

Cow’s Milk Allergy: choosing a plant based alternative

Other animal milks such as goat or sheep’s milk are NOT a recommended alternative to cow’s milk in cow’s milk allergy, as these proteins usually cause the same allergic reactions due to their structures being so similar. Plant based milks are usually recommended as an alternative after 6 months of age IN FOOD e.g. forContinue reading “Cow’s Milk Allergy: choosing a plant based alternative”

Cow’s Milk Allergy

Cow’s milk allergy is the most common allergy I see as a paediatric dietitian, and it can be very distressing for babies and their families at an already stressful time. Cow’s milk is not the same as a lactose intolerance as it involves the protein rather than the sugar in cow’s milk. Risk Factors: FamilyContinue reading “Cow’s Milk Allergy”

Allergies

Do you think your baby or child has a food allergy or intolerance? Over the next few weeks I will be covering the most common food allergies I see in children. Today’s post is an overview of allergies, however if you are concerned about a specific food allergy or intolerance feel free to get inContinue reading “Allergies”