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