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A Complete Guide to Your Baby Nutrition During the First Year

So, you have a baby. And you want the best for your baby. Your little girl or your little boy needs the best start in life and nutrition has the first place to get it.

Take a deep breath and relax. You have everything you need to make sure your baby will be happy and healthy and grow up to be strong, smart and healthy.

Your Baby’s Nutritional Needs

Even though your baby is tiny, it has a tremendously high nutritional need. He or she has a very high need for fats and protein and very little need for carbohydrates. They need tons of vitamins and minerals. Protein, fat, vitamins, minerals are the building blocks of life. This is what we make our bodies of (unhealthy fats come from excess carbs). When you put the good stuff in, you get a strong healthy body.

Fortunately, breast milk is a complete and balanced food for your baby. You don’t have to worry about the balance of fats and proteins because Nature has done it for you. 

Breastmilk is a Perfect Food

But, breast milk isn’t forever. When babies start eating baby food we need to pay attention to the fats and proteins. And even more so when you start your baby on solids. You may wonder how do you know if your baby is eating enough? Fortunately, babies have a strong appetite when they’re feeling healthy. They will let you know when they need more and when they had enough.

Many people want to know what baby foods to give by the various ages. This is a very hard topic. It depends on your culture, health, and where you live. For example, in parts of Africa and Asia, it’s very normal for a baby to continue to breastfeed exclusively until they’re nearly two years old. Yet, some babies want to eat the same things their parents are as soon as six months old.

In many cultures, it’s normal for a child to breastfeed occasionally until they are four or five years old. Your baby will desire breast milk as long as the breast milk is fulfilling its nutritional needs. As you feed your baby healthy solid food, it will begin craving those foods to fulfill its nutritional needs. You will find that the natural cycle of decreasing breastfeeding and increasing solid feeding becomes normal and happens automatically.

Most Nutritious Baby Food

Without a doubt, breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. It is what Nature has intended. It is a perfect blend of proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. It is exactly what your baby needs as he or she grows up.

Breastfeeding is not just about nutrition. In the first few days after birth, the mother doesn’t actually produce breast milk. She produces a colostrum that is filled with protective molecules and is especially rich in antibodies, including sIgA. There are even probiotics that will pass from the mother’s body into the baby. These protect the baby in the first few days from some of the most serious illnesses.

And it goes far beyond that. As a mother is breastfeeding, her body will respond to changes in her baby and produce the antibodies the baby needs to fight off illnesses and infections. Several studies have been done that show within hours that a mother will begin to produce the antibodies to a bacteria or virus only her baby has. The antibodies then passed through the breast milk into the baby to fight off the infection. 

Breastfeeding

It is recommended to allow your baby to breastfeed as long as they choose to. Removing breast milk from your baby before they are ready could result in nutritional deficiencies. When your baby starts eating solid foods, how much milk they choose to eat could vary. They may want a few sips or they want to make a few meals. As your baby grows, their desire for breast milk will diminish.

One long-term study showed that breastfeeding reduces food allergies through adolescence (Grasky 1982). Other studies show breastfeeding reduces the incidences of ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases.

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Formula Feeding

Unfortunately, there are some babies that cannot drink breast milk. An allergy to different proteins within the milk cause this allergic reaction. Other women feel intense pain while breastfeeding. For some issues, there are treatments so a baby can breast feed. For others, the only formula may work.

When it comes to an allergic reaction to breast milk, many allergy professionals are actually recommending that women continue to breastfeed their baby, but severely and instantly change their diet to remove all possible allergens. Oftentimes, the baby is not allergic to the proteins found in the milk, but the food the mother eats. The most common allergens include wheat, cow’s milk, soy, nuts, fish, and shellfish. Once the mother removes these allergens from the diet, often times the baby can feed normally. 

The incidence of cow's milk allergies is up to seven times greater in babies who are fed artificial baby milk instead of human milk (Lawrence 1994). Whether this is due to the heavy processing that destroys all healthy aspects of the milk or the horrible conditions the cows are raised in is still being debated.

The biggest problem with formula feeding is that the cheapest and most available formulas (the formulas that are often recommended by doctors) are filled with genetically modified ingredients, toxic chemicals, and the top allergens. They are packed with genetically modified soy, corn, and milk from cows that were fed genetically modified soy and corn. They often contain chemicals such as artificial flavors and colors, along with preservatives that are known to be toxic to fully grown adults.

You also take your baby’s life by the bottle. Studies have shown that not being breastfed for infants increases the risk of infectious morbidity, childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome. For mothers, breastfeed failure is associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, retained gestational weight gain, myocardial infarction, and the metabolic syndrome.

If you are formula feeding, we recommend you try removing every allergen from your diet that you possibly can. Work with a doctor to try breastfeeding, as it is healthiest for your baby. If you are unable to breastfeed and you must stick with the formula, it’s recommended you stop feeding formula as soon as possible.

Here are the recommendations for organic baby formulas from Amazon.com. You can read reviews and decide which brand is better for your baby.

Vegan & Vegetarian Baby Nutrition

There is a growing trend that is absolutely horrifying pediatricians. And that is forcing a baby to be vegan and vegetarian.

Vegetarianism is not as distressing, but still not healthy. As long as the baby is receiving sufficient breast milk it will obtain the proteins necessary for healthy growth. But, once your baby starts eating solid foods, pediatricians recommend feeding small amounts of quality, organic meats in order to meet their protein needs.

Babies, infants, toddlers, and children need less food overall, but a higher percentage of proteins and fats than adults do. It is because they are growing so fast and building so much tissue that they need this continuous supply. In most cultures, it is virtually impossible to obtain the correct amounts of protein on a vegetarian diet.

Veganism is even worse. In a vegetarian diet, protein can be obtained from milk, yogurt, eggs, and several other animal products. In veganism, even these products are removed from the diet.

In adults, less than 1% of all vegans are actually healthy. Nearly all vegans return to eating a diet with small amounts of meat because they become sick. It’s even worse when this diet is forced upon children and babies. Even with an advanced nutritional degree, I have a difficult time preparing a diet that meets the proper nutritional needs with only vegetables. For someone who has little to no nutritional education, it is impossible. There are several deaths every year associated with forcing a child to become vegan or vegetarian and it is severely prosecuted. (FDA, 2016)

We recommend that children and babies be placed on a diet of vegetables, fruit and quality meats regardless of the belief of the parents. In fact, in many areas, raising a child as vegan or vegetarian is rightly considered child abuse. Many doctors will report parents who forced this unhealthy diet upon their children.

Baby’s First Foods

There are many signs that your baby is ready for solid foods. One of the biggest ones if they start grabbing the food you’re eating. Whenever they are ready to start eating food, it is perfectly safe to give it to them. There are a few foods we recommend you avoid early in life, and we’ll go over those later.

You don’t have to wait until your baby has teeth. Many of the softest foods are ready for your baby to eat even before teeth come in. The biggest thing you want to make sure is that your baby is not eating chemicals or bites that are too big and may cause him or her to choke. You also want to make sure that your baby can hold its head up and has a good swallow reflex.

The best first foods for your baby are any puree of a meat, fruit or vegetable. Apples are one of the first choices, along with bananas. And the best way to introduce your baby’s food is to eat it while you are pregnant. That way, your baby is used to the nutrients that are provided by certain foods. Plus, if they see you eat the food, they will automatically want it.

Start introducing solid foods, or pureed solid foods, when your baby starts showing interest in the foods you are eating. Most of the time, they will begin to take one bite and only one bite. As they move on and crave more and more food, it is perfectly healthy to give it to them. The best time of day to feed your baby solid food is whenever you are eating a meal that you can supervise them to the fullest extent. Remember, babies are unable to chew without teeth, so foods must be pureed into the smallest pieces as possible and they must have your full attention so they don’t choke.

Important Tips

  • Start introducing the pureed foods at very small portions: ~ 1-3 Tsp of puree a day.
  • It is best to focus on one specific food for 2 to 3 days to make sure there is no allergic reaction.
  • Once the baby tasted several "single" fruit and vegetable purees, you can try and mix few fruits/vegetables together. This will form a "baby soup".​
  • It can take two months or more of tastings and gradual portion increasing until the baby food can actually replace one meal.
  • If you suspect certain food to cause an allergy, stop giving it for a while. You may try and give it again in several weeks.

Here is an example schedule for baby food tastings:

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Introducing whole pieces of solid food to your baby is a little bit more challenging. First, your baby will need teeth in order to be able to chew. Otherwise, you run the risk of choking when the baby inhales the larger pieces. Pediatricians do not recommend any solid food until your baby has teeth. But you don’t need to worry about introducing solids to your breastfed baby too early because many children will breast feed for several years. Breastfeeding introduces more nutrients, so your baby has a healthier start in life.

And of course, let your baby eat with their hands. Young children have a very difficult time using utensils. When they eat with their hands not only are they able to feel the texture the food, which may increase their desire for it, but it also helps their dexterity as they learn better hand-eye coordination. Frankly, we think adults should eat with their hands more often. It’s a lot of fun.

Problems with Introducing Solid Foods

If you try introducing solid foods too early to your baby, you may come up with various problems including reflux, constipation, and gas. That’s why we were recommended letting your baby guide you to what they want to eat. Some babies choose to eat foods very early, while others wait.

If you introduce solid food to your baby and they experience reflux, we recommend using blander food, like bananas, oats, or applesauce. These are a little bit easier on the baby stomach. Reflux is often caused by wheat products, soy, and processed foods. The worst foods you could possibly give a baby that experiences reflux is anything that comes out of a box or jar.

After you introduce solid foods to your baby, they may experience constipation. As long as they are not constipated for more than a day this is actually considered normal. Solid food takes longer to digest than liquid food. Just don’t let your baby not have a bowel movement for more than a day. This can cause pain and other damage to your child.

Baby’s First Food List

Whole, natural foods. Never anything from a box.

Below, we talk about why some of the most popular foods to give your baby are actually some of the most dangerous. We give you strong evidence that many of the problems children are facing today actually come from processed foods, grains, and chemicals.

Meats, vegetables, and fruit are the top picks for feeding your baby.

We recommend meat first, and many health departments are changing the regulations to match pediatrician recommendations. The reason for this is because the iron and zinc in meats, along with the proteins, are easily absorbable for children who have been breast feeding. Their system is already designed to break down animal proteins because that is what is found in breast milk. The nutrients within meat are easily absorbable. 

Healthy meats are any whole cut of beef, chicken, pork, fish, and eggs. Eggs are an ideal choice because they are complete nutrition. In addition, it is one of the easiest to digest foods in the world and taste wonderful. You want to make sure you’re getting your meat from naturally raised and local sources. This way you can avoid growth hormones, excessive antibiotics, and risk of contamination.

Baby Portion Sizes

The stomach of an adult human being is only about the size of two fists put together. For babies, it is the size of a baby’s fists. Look at your baby, you should realize that this is an exceptionally tiny amount of food that your baby needs. It may only be a few tiny bites.

Watch your baby as he or she eats. Babies are very good at telling you when they want something and when they don’t. Do not force a baby to eat if they don’t want to. As your baby grows, the feeding amounts will grow with them.

What to Give Your Baby for First Finger Food

Your baby is a tactile creature. They want to push their fingers into everything (which is why we cover electrical sockets when they are young). It is rarely difficult to get a baby to eat finger food. Because you’re cutting up the food into tiny pieces, your baby will be presented with the challenge of using his or her fingers to pick up the food. The food should be large enough that they can pick it up, but small enough that it does not present a choking hazard.

All Red Crosses throughout the world present classes on CPR. Many of them offer classes specifically for baby and infant CPR. As a good parent, you should check out these classes. Many of them are free. If your baby chokes on finger food, then you are prepared to clear their airway without causing harm to your child. Anytime your baby does choke on food, you should visit the doctor to make sure no damage was done to the esophagus.

Since your baby’s first food is going to be purees and other mashed up foods, it should not present an issue. You can serve your baby finger food on small dishes or small plates. That way they can really get their fingers into the food and begin to work the fine motor skills necessary later in life.

We have some information later on for how to make these purees. We’ll also talk about when your baby should start eating things like yogurt and table food.

When your baby has introduced to healthy foods right away, there’s no need to learn how to improve your babies eating habits. They will already be eating the healthiest foods possible and getting the best start in life. It’s only when you introduce grains, cereals, rice and another nasty processed foods, than you have a problem with picky eaters and obesity.

Vegetables for Babies

All vegetables are healthy for your baby. But, you want to avoid introducing some of the toughest vegetables to your child right away.

Any vegetable that is soft and easy for you to chew is good for your baby. Food such as cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and squash (winter and summer squash). Avoid potatoes for now and the harder winter squashes unless they’re very well cooked.

You can make a vegetable puree for your baby by placing either the cooked or raw vegetable into a food processor or blender with enough fluid to process it into a paste. Remember, babies cannot chew solid food without teeth. And even after they have teeth, hard vegetables can prove too much.

Introduce green vegetables to your baby slowly. Many lettuces, collards, and other green leafy vegetables can be bitter and very difficult to digest for your baby. While they are exceptionally healthy and should be a big part of your diet, avoid giving your baby constipation with large doses of green leafy vegetables.

Fruits for Babies

Fruit purees for your baby or one of the easiest solid foods to introduce. Babies enjoy the cooling and sweet taste of the fruit. And fruit is easier to puree than vegetables. Again, simply place your fruit into a food processor or blender in order to break down the fibers into a thick paste.

All fruits are very healthy for your baby, just avoid ones with small seeds until your baby is used to eating solid foods. That would include strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries among other fruits with small tiny seeds.

Foods to Avoid for Your Baby

There are several foods that your baby should avoid until their digestive system is healthy enough to handle them. The top one doctors focus on is honey, and that is because of the increased allergy risk. However, honey has been used with babies since humans have first started using honey.

HONEY

Honey for babies is a controversial issue. Many doctors recommend avoiding honey until your baby is 3 years or older. Traditional healers recommend honey to be given early. Here’s why for both. Honey is nearly pure sugar, except for the high amounts of minerals and anti-allergen compounds. In real, pure honey, we agree it may be beneficial to use honey rather than white sugar. However, honey may contain botulinum spores which can lead to dangerous poisoning, and that is enough of a reason to wait with honey until the kids are older.

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The other foods to avoid are some of the most popular ones to give babies. Wheat and soy are two of the top allergens and digestive irritants out there. However, those two industries donate a lot of money to doctors and dietitians and have done a fantastic job producing commercials in order to trick you into buying their unhealthy products.

WHEAT

The first to avoid is wheat products. Humans do not produce the enzymes to break down complex carbohydrates, such as the ones found in wheat, until they are over 2 1/2 years of age. That means every Cheerio, every breadstick, and every processed food you give your baby merely ferments in their digestive system and produces toxic waste products. This includes the most popular baby cereals, baby snacks, and other processed foods.

In addition to being unable to digest wheat products, the consumption of wheat in early childhood has been shown in a recent Swedish study to block the absorption of calcium and zinc. That means your baby will have weak bones and a weakened immune system without these minerals.

SOY

You should also avoid soy. This includes any processed foods or formula that contain any soy products or soy isolates. Soy contains phytoestrogens that mimic our body’s natural estrogen production. In babies, this can accelerate the growth process unnaturally. What may seem like normal growth spurts, could actually be the uneven growth of bones, muscles, and other tissues. Also, soy has been linked to 14 different cancers and increases the risk of childhood leukemia.

Soy blocks several neurotransmitter systems: vasopressin, oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, choline and GABA. This may cause autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, seizures, stuttering, ADHD and multiple other neurological disorders.

RICE

Rice should also be avoided because of the uncertain risk of arsenic poisoning. Arsenic is not tested in processed foods, so you won’t know it is in there until there is a mass recall.

Basically, we eliminated all processed foods. It may not be as convenient for you, but your baby will be much healthier. And later in life, suffer many fewer problems.

Recipes for Homemade Baby Food

Healthy Baby Food Ideas

One of the greatest things about living in today’s age is that we have access to so many fruits and vegetables that people do not have in the past. Thanks to the wonders of travel, we can get fresh tomatoes in the North during the winter and cool cabbage in the middle of summer.

As a parent, feeding your baby fresh fruits and vegetables as one of the top things you can do. There are hundreds of different types of fruits and vegetables available, most of them year-round. Of course, you’ll be much better off if you choose to eat seasonally for your area.

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Unhealthy foods encompass grains, rice, cereals, wheat, soy, and all of the processed foods. Like we said earlier, a baby just cannot digest these types of foods because they lack the enzymes required for digestion. And besides, when you fill your diet up with these nutrient-poor foods, you push out all of the healthy foods. What good is filling up on substances that are more sugar than anything else when you want to build a healthy body?

The most nutritious baby recipes aren’t actually recipes at all. They are fresh fruits and vegetables, and meats, that are served individually. Your baby can learn to like the various individual flavors. Then, as they grow up they will have an appreciation of various foods. You’ll get the bonus of your child not being a picky eater, reduce risks of diabetes, and the best chances of them living a long healthy life free of diseases.

How to Make Nutritious Baby Food

Making baby food might be one of the most fun aspects of being a parent. You will need at least a food processor or blender, but having a vegetable purer or grinder is better. If you have a special machine, follow the instructions that came with that machine to produce baby food. Otherwise, simply toss cut up chunks of whatever fruit or vegetable into your processor and grind up into a paste.

As your baby grows and can start handling larger chunks of food, you don’t have to puree the food into a paste, but leave it in small chunks. Because your baby enjoys fresh fruits and vegetables, your baby’s first finger foods can be the very foods he or she has been snacking on.

If your baby is ready to graduate up into meals, you can use the very meals that you’re eating yourself. Of course, we assume you’re eating the very fruits, vegetables, and meats that we recommend as part of a healthy diet. As your baby sees you eating healthy fruits and vegetables, they will want to eat them, too.

Now, meat has always been controversial. Creating baby food with meat requires absolute cleanliness and freshness. From your local butcher, you can get very fresh cuts of meat. Avoid grocery stores that have their meat shipped in already cut up and packaged. Many times those meats can be contaminated without you knowing it. As an adult, your immune system can fight off traces of bacteria and viruses. Your baby cannot.

Once you assure that your meat source is fresh, make sure you clean all of your utensils and processors thoroughly. Often times, you can use a mixture of vinegar and salt to clean and disinfect. The recipe is as simple as the other baby food recipes we have here. Add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of vinegar and wash well.

Your baby can eat anything for breakfast as well. Breakfast foods are merely a socially constructed agreement. If you want, you can have pizza for breakfast. You can have chocolate. We recommend that you have healthy food, however. In many cultures, there have been traditional breakfasts that often consists of a fermented food, such as yogurt or a fermented vegetable, a meat product, such as eggs, lots of vegetables and some sort of grain. As a baby, we recommend sticking with the fermented food, the meat, and the vegetables. Skip the grains from now. As soon as your baby can eat food, your baby can eat yogurt.

The same goes for dinner. There is no specific baby food for dinner just like there is no specific food for adults. If your baby wants, feed them an egg for dinner. Your baby can have eggs as one of their first foods because they are so healthy.

Healthy Finger Foods for Babies

Once your baby begins to use his or her fingers to pick up food, some of the healthiest baby snacks are simply cut up pieces of fruits and vegetables. Remember, your baby is going to play with the finger food. So you want to make sure the baby’s finger food size matches what their mouths can chew and what their throat can swallow. Always make sure food is cut up small enough to avoid a choking hazard.

Some of the easiest finger foods your baby can have are softer fruits and vegetables, like blueberries, raspberries, and other ripe and squishy fruits and vegetables. One of the additional benefits of very ripe fruits and vegetables is that you can freeze these baby finger foods and have them ready when your baby is teething. As your baby is cutting their gums, the cool fruits and vegetables melt quickly, providing relief from the pain and give a boost of nutrition.

Remember with finger foods, a baby with no teeth cannot chew. Any fruit or vegetable has to be able to be gummed to softness or swallowed whole. The same thing is applicable for the finger food for a baby with only one or two teeth. It is only once your baby has a full set of teeth that they can have finger food. And only after you teach them to chew properly.

When you mix again various vegetables, remember your green leafy vegetables. These are one of the best baby finger foods for iron and magnesium but tend to be bitter. These two minerals are often overlooked or supplemented poorly in processed foods. Green leafy vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition and provided a huge amount of antioxidants that can help your baby grow happy and healthy.

Baby Eating Problems

There are many problems a baby can have when it comes to eating. Some of them are of concern, some of them are not.

The healthiest thing you can do is to show your baby that when they eat, they should focus solely on eating. We’ve had questions saying that a baby won’t eat without toys are or their baby doesn’t eat without the TV. This is because the parents have allowed it to be so. A baby will naturally focus on their food because they have not yet developed an attention span. Remove the distractions of the toys and the TV and your baby will gladly a turn their attention to the food.

Sleep is also a big issue. Some babies won’t fall asleep without eating first, which is not a cause of concern. Digestion takes a lot of work and a lot of energy. And in a baby, they have become used to feeding and then sleeping. This habit eventually wears off. If you feel your baby is sleeping too much, please contact a physician.

The same goes for a baby who falls asleep without eating. If a baby is hungry, they will request food. Of course, by request, we mean crying. If they fall asleep without eating, they were not hungry. Again, if this happens often, contact a physician.

In the beginning, babies are not accustomed to what it feels like to have a full stomach. That only comes later in life. It also takes time for them to realize what feeling full actually means. Often times, a baby will eat too much and vomit shortly after. This should not happen too often and come under control fairly quickly. If not, a physician might have to intervene and a discussion of food allergies should be had.

A serious problem is a baby eating a lot of food but not pooping. It does not take long for food to enter a baby’s digestive system and be quickly expelled. Blockages are often caused by the very foods we recommend against grains and soy. If a baby has not defecated in more than 3 days, this may be a medical problem, if not a medical emergency.

Normally, babies eat anywhere from every 2 hours to every 6 hours. This time varies as they grow up, as certain growth spurts may cause them to feed more frequently, or seems like your baby won’t stop eating. We have a great article over here that talks about baby growth spurts. It may be able to help you when you believe your baby is eating too frequently or eating too much at night. It might also give you some clues as to why your baby doesn’t like eating at all. But, if your baby is not eating for 3 days, this is a medical emergency.

Of all the problems with babies eating, stopping a baby who’s eating too fast ranks low on the list. While some babies take far too long to eat, a few end up eating and swallowing too fast. This is often a learned behavior by watching the parents. You can slow down your child by giving them smaller bites, rationing the food, and demonstrating yourself the behavior of slowly eating. If none of this works, you may have a medical issue and you should consult a physician.

Your baby eating hair or eating sand is a more common problem. And how to stop this behavior has been searched since the beginning of time. Babies learn by using all of their senses, which includes putting things in their mouth to taste. Once a baby associates poor taste to various objects, they tend to stop eating those objects. But, if those objects taste good, a baby will continue eating them. It’s one of the reasons children put coins in their mouth. The combination of salt from various hands, metallic flavors, and some molds create unusual and new tastes.

When your baby eats his or her fist, they are not actually eating it. It is a comfort reaction where they suck on portions of their body. It’s similar to sucking a thumb. It is similar to why babies kick after they eat, they have just received nutrition and sugars, they are happy and excited. Since babies have very few other means of expression, they do what they can.

If your baby is struggling with finger food, we have two recommendations: allow them to struggle through for a little while or consult a physician for signs of mental or physical impairment. Some children just take a little bit longer to discover a fine motor control. Do not expect your baby to master eating with his or her fingers quickly.

Baby Food Allergies

What Causes Food Allergies in Children?

An allergy is an immune response that is disproportional to the allergen. In other words, the body over reacts to common substances.

You will see several signs of food allergies in babies, they are quite vocal about their displeasure. But mostly, you’ll see on your baby an allergy rash.

Other signs of allergies include crying, fever, swelling, and hives. You never want to ignore these symptoms. While most babies only have mild reactions to the allergens, rarely it can become serious and life-threatening. As soon as you suspect an allergy in your baby, visit the doctor to confirm the diagnosis or figure out what the problem really is.

Most Common Food Allergies

Sources differ on what is exactly the most common food allergies in children. In recent years, many children have been developing allergies to wheat, soy, and milk. Other fast-growing allergies include eggs, pork, and nuts.

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Let’s take a look at some of these types of food allergies. Many formulas are composed of wheat, soy, or milk, hence the reason why your baby may become allergic to formula. Since these are ingredients that are sourced at the cheapest prices, they are often the lowest quality. In addition, they are sourced from genetically modified ingredients and have been shown in independent tests to have pesticide residues that far exceed levels acceptable for adults. Some infant formulas contain so much of the pesticides, they will actually be listed on the ingredient label.

PEANUTS

Some people are allergic to peanuts. But, they may not actually allergic to the peanut if they are fine with other legumes, such as peas and beans. It’s actually a mold that grows on peanuts, and this mold is rarely removed by manufacturers of peanut butter and peanut products. It’s so common, that even organic peanuts will contain the mold. Only avoiding peanut products will limit your chances of having an allergic reaction.

EGGS

Your baby may experience egg allergies. Studies are now linking vaccines to the increase of egg allergies in children. It’s because many vaccines are grown on egg protein media. When the numerous vaccines are injected into your baby before their immune system is actually active, it can over react to not only the virus, but the egg, and other toxic chemicals that are found in vaccines. Once this allergy develops, it’s rare that it goes away. And it can be made worse with repeated vaccinations throughout life.

MILK

Milk allergy in children and babies has been around for a long time. You see, we’re not actually supposed to be drinking the milk of another animal. On top of that, the milk available to most people has been pasteurized and homogenized and defatted to the point that all that’s left is cow flavored sugar water. The beverage most people think of giving to young children is one of the worst drinks they could possibly have. In fact, certain alcohols have more nutrition than milk.

When children are young, they will often reject food or drinks that contain what they are allergic to. Their bodies will know what is causing them pain. If your child is displaying allergy symptoms, you’ll want to pay attention to what they like and dislike. They can give you a good clue as to what the food is they are reacting to.

Allergy Testing for Babies

Depending on where you live, allergy testing in infants and babies rarely happens. Many doctors will wait until a child is 3 or 4 years old before doing a proper allergy test. That’s because the immune system is not developed in a child until they are two and a half years of age or older. A baby’s body simply cannot react to allergy testing because it does not have the immune factors the allergy test looks for.

When looking for allergy treatments for your baby, seek out first to eliminate the source of the allergen. You can also seek out an herbalist and naturally oriented doctors to give advice on how to reduce your baby’s exposure.

Many other treatments that help reduce allergy symptoms in adults are not available for babies. Sometimes, your baby may even outgrow the allergy.

Conclusion

Endeavor to expose your baby to his many new foods possible. Stick to healthy food such as meats, vegetables, and fruits. Avoid processed foods, cereals, grains, rice, and anything that comes out of a box. Avoid anything with chemicals what were the ingredients you cannot pronounce. Your baby will thank you for the heads up in life that feeding a natural diet will begin.

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