Introducing New Foods: A Transition Guide for Babies and Kids with Food Allergies

Many parents come to April and I with questions about introducing 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.
  • When introducing new foods, do it 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 new food.
  • Give small amounts of foods first. When introducing new foods, 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.
Introducing new foods to kids with allergies

Visit our blog about introducing solid foods to your child’s diet. 

Take care,


Published: 10/12/2017
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