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How long do we wait and what symptoms should I see if we suspect that the child is allergic to some food? - we asked dr. Marianne Polgárr pediatrician, gastroenterologist, head doctor of the Buda Allergy Center.

Eczema can also be a sign that a child has a food allergy

When should we start introducing new foods?

Based on the recommendations in the current report, formulated by the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, it is recommended that children be breast-fed until the age of 4-6 months, or longer thereafter.

Changes during the feeding period

During the add-on period, the children's body encounters more strange, unidentified material that they may react to in a very different way. When it comes to eating new foods, it is most common for a child to have a change in their bowels. The color, average and odor may differ from the one used before. Mild skin conditions may also occur, and two smaller blemishes or blemishes may cause concern in the baby.

One at a time

It is important to always taste one new food at a time so that we can identify what is causing the symptoms. In such cases, it is worth suspending the appetite for food and observing whether the symptoms go away. If so, try giving it back to the baby a few days or weeks later. It is common that we do not experience any symptoms.

Symptoms of food allergy

In infants and young children it may indicate food allergy if the skin is dry, itchy, eczema. If you have an outbreak, you will have abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, congestion or blood in your stool. If this is the case, do not try to diet again, but seek medical attention. It is important to note when the baby received what new food and when his symptoms began. In the event of complaints, continue to follow the instructions given by the pediatric gastroenterologist.

Diet eliminates the symptoms

If we know exactly what causes the symptoms, then the child should not consume that ingredient, so the symptoms will disappear. The most common complaint concerns the consumption of milk and eggs. In such cases, the allergen should be completely eliminated from the diet, but in most cases not for the elderly. 80-90 percent of children develop allergies by the age of 4-5 years, and if their symptoms do not appear, then foods that previously caused problems can be gradually reintroduced into the diet and reused.Related articles in Food Allergy:
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