Many parents come to April and I with questions about when and how to introduce new foods to their child once he or she is symptom free and growing strong.
Of course, this is something you should talk about with your child’s doctor or dietitian. After all, every child – and every child’s allergy – is different. But we’ve also put together a transition guide that we think you’ll find helpful. Here are a few highlights:
- Only introduce new foods when your child is well.
- Introduce foods one at a time so that, if your child does have a reaction, it is easy to identify the culprit.
- Start with foods that are least likely to cause an allergic reaction.
- Leave 1-2 weeks between the introduction of a new food.
- Give small amounts of foods first. Start with a “pea size” amount and gradually increase over several days if there are no symptoms.
- If symptoms occur, stop the food being tested and discuss with your child’s doctor or dietitian.
- Continue to give your child foods that have already been introduced and tolerated.
- Again, always follow the advice of your healthcare professional.