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Management of Food Allergies

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Parent Handouts and Info - Parent


Lists foods to avoid before 12 months due to concerns regarding food allergies. Also notes symptoms of food allergies such as hives, eczema, rash, diarrhea, and gassiness, and provides suggestions regarding the safest ways to introduce new foods.


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Infancy (<1), Toddlerhood (1-3)

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Management of Food Allergies

Management of Food Allergies

Wait until 12 months before trying these foods.

  • Egg whites
  • Fish
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Cow's milk (low-fat or skim milk can be tried at 2 years)
  • Strawberries

Your baby may have allergies if you notice these things.

  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Gassiness

Stop feeding your baby the new food. Try it again in 2 to 3 weeks. If symptoms return, call your doctor or nurse practitioner to get help.

Adapted from Healthy Steps. Edited and Compiled by the Center for Promotion of Child Development Through Primary Care 2011

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