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Allergies: what to look out for

A small number of babies develop allergies to certain foods. If baby’s brother or sister, or either parent has a diagnosed allergy, then your baby has a higher risk of developing an allergy as well.


 Allergy NZ is an organisation which provides more information about allergies.

Signs of an allergic reaction might include skin rashes, breathing difficulties, and swelling. These signs may not appear straight away, they can sometimes take a couple of hours to become obvious. In very rare cases serious food allergies can lead to anaphylaxis, which can cause swelling of the throat and mouth, restricting the airways and can be life threatening.

Among other benefits, breastfeeding may lower the risk of allergy in babies:

  • Breastfeed –breastfeed your baby for at least the first six months, and continue to breastfeed for as long as you can after you have introduced solids. Don’t introduce solids before 4 months.
  • Take it slowly –when your baby starts solids, introduce just one new food at a time. Try a new food for 2-4 days to see how your baby tolerates it, then you can try another food.

There is no reason to delay introducing any foods to your baby unless you know they have a diagnosed allergy to a certain food.

If you do suspect your baby has a food allergy, make sure you talk to your health professional or a dietitian before you start changing their diet - you don’t want your baby to miss out on important and nutritious foods for no good reason.

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Tania's Comment

Hi there, Since putting Hope onto the Farex Cereal range, she has come out in quite bad eczema, can you still get the plain Farex Cereal (with nothing added) Baby rice gives her very runny motions.

Reply from The ForBaby Team

Hi Tania,
Thanks for your message, and I’m sorry to hear your little one has come out in eczema.
Farex baby rice cereal is still available - and rice is one of the least allergenic of all the grains, that’s why it’s a great first food for babies.
Eczema may be caused by a number of factors so it’s good to also look at other things that may have changed in your baby’s environment.
For more individualised advice for your baby, it’s a good idea to call our dietitians on 0800 55 66 66 to discuss further.
Kind regards, Kate & the ForBaby Team.

Nix's Comment

Hi there my boy is 7 months old and he has what looks like eczema on both his cheeks they are there permanently sometimes more enflamed than other times. What could of caused the eczema in the first place? He's bottle fed and on basic solids. Thanks

Reply from The ForBaby team

Hi Nix,

I am sorry to hear your little one had eczema. Eczema can be caused by several different factors so I suggest you take baby to see the doctor who can help work out what may be the cause. In some cases, certain foods may trigger eczema & your doctor may suggest doing a skin or blood test to identify whether a certain type of food is an issue for your baby. But remember, eczema can be caused by several other things apart from food and it can be tricky to pinpoint the exact cause.

The ForBaby team

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