When my oldest son was a little baby, I remember how excited I would get every time he would hit a new milestone. I remember his first few smiles, the first time he rolled over, watching him learn how to wave, etc. One of my favorite memories was watching him take his first bite of baby food. The surprise and wonderment on his face was SO adorable. Although introducing your little one to solid foods can be extremely exciting, it can also be a little nerve-wrecking. What if this food hurts my baby’s tummy? What if they don’t like this food? What if they develop food allergies? With food allergies so prevalent in today’s society, these few simple tips are great ways to help reduce the risk of food allergies in your baby.
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Reducing the Risk of Food Allergies in Babies
Don’t start solid foods until your baby is an appropriate age. It’s important that when you feel your baby is ready to start eating solid foods, that you consult with your doctor. Most doctors recommend waiting until your baby is around 4-6 months before introducing solid foods.
Start with the right kind of food. When you do start feeding your baby solid foods, it’s important that you start with foods that will be easy on your baby’s tummy. I always start with liquid cereal, then move up to pureed fruits and veggies. Once your baby has teeth, you can move on to soft fruits and veggies, etc.
Introduce a variety of foods early, regularly and quickly. Both of my babies had super sensitive stomachs. That’s why I decided to introduce solid foods to my babies one at a time. If your baby doesn’t have any sensitivity, then doctors recommend that you start introducing new foods without haste once your baby shows interest in food. Keep at it and keep re-presenting foods to babies each day; over time most babies will eat most of what you offer. Since 77% of allergies are caused by foods other than peanuts, it’s important to introduce a diversity of foods early and often.
Mix SpoonfulOne into your baby’s food. SpoonfulOne is a great way to safely introduce your child’s immune system to diverse foods that could potentially cause food allergies later on in life.
Created by a pediatrician, allergist, and mom of 5, SpoonfulOne is a daily wholesome protein mix-in containing small amounts of peanuts, milk, shellfish, tree nuts, egg, fish, wheat, and soy. Because it’s been shown that avoiding these potential allergens increases the risk of food allergies, SpoonfulOne helps prepare your child’s immune system at an early age by introducing them to such foods in very small amounts. This early exposure helps your child’s immune system to recognize these foods, thus reducing the risk of food allergies in adulthood.
The best part of SpoonfulOne, is that it’s super easy to use. Once a day, empty one packet of spoonful into whatever your baby is eating. Plus, the fact that it’s contained in packets, makes it perfect for on-the-go situation. Talk about a simple solution to helping your little one reduce the risk of food allergies. Who knew that one simple spoonful could make all the difference?