Babies and Allergies
Ok, so you know that diaper commercial where they say, “ Live, Learn, and then you get Luvs.” Well, babies and allergies should have the same moto. When my little gal was 4 months old, all I could think about was starting her on solid foods. I was going to be the “boho chic” mama who makes it from scratch, and gets really creative about mixing fruits and veggies. Yea right! I researched everything there is to know about allergies and what my babe needed to stay away from, and was prepared to follow it like a “good mama” should.
Well, thennnnn the AAP came out saying this:
“Although solid foods should not be introduced before 4 to 6 months of age, there is no current convincing evidence that delaying their introduction beyond this period has a significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease regardless of whether infants are fed cow milk protein formula or human milk. This includes delaying the introduction of foods that are considered to be highly allergic, such as fish, eggs, and foods containing peanut protein.”
Translation: So, what they are basically saying is that you CAN really give your 6 month old any foods to start, and there really are no rules anymore on foods to avoid, well except honey, but we will touch on that topic later. Well, annnnnd choking too!
So, you Live, Learn, and then you realize to stop being such a BIG BABY about foods and have some fun! Just like the Luvs commercial (PS: I use pampers)
Once I learned this, I stopped being such a freak and started introducing some of these “high allergy” foods. After all, they seem to be the fun ones anyway!
Here’s the scary list:
• Peanut butter
• Grapes (choking hazard)
• Acidic fruits (lemons, oranges)
Disclaimer: If you (the parents) have allergies then you might want delay introducing those foods you have allergies to, or at least talk to your doc about them first.
Here are some fun first food ideas: You can also check out more First foods HERE
*Scrambled eggs with a little cheese
*Peanut butter on Mum Mums
*Strawberries dipped in cream cheese
*Avocado with lemon drizzled over the top
*Peanut butter and bananas (you could even melt the peanut butter here)
*Hard boiled yolk and applesauce mixed together (I bet you are drooling at the thought of this!)
*Tofu (not too much of this though, especially for girls)
Ah ah, uh, uh, Lets talk about choking
It’s freaking scary! Im not going lie, I have had to slap a green bean out of my tiny human’s mouth, and I didn’t think my heart would ever stop racing. Annnnd, some of the foods on the “scary list” above are also on the “scary choking list”! Grapes are a BIG problem. If you want to give them to your kid, then you are going to have to cut them up SO teeny tiny. Like, get out your little knife and quarter up the grape, maybe even smaller than that. Come on, who has time for that! Grapes aren’t so cool now, are they?! Maybe just leave the grapes till later, and let them be used to make your wine! Weiners AKA hot dogs. No bueno! And, did I mention they are made from lips and ass from a cow? Again, just ban them from your house until you hit up a ball game and cant resist! Even then, you are going to have to cut the thing pretty small. Just tell your hubby to look away! Peanut butter can be a choking hazard too, but I don’t think you should stay away from it! Just don’t slap on a huge dollop. Have you ever seen a dog eat peanut butter?! Um, can we get this pup some water! So, just use a small amount and have milk or water available.
So, this is the one food you should really wait until they are over the age of 1 to give. It’s because of a little culprit called “botulism”. Little guys under 12 months of age are more susceptible to this, and their little bodies cant handle it. Botulism is basically a bacteria that can contaminate honey. These bacteria are typically harmless to older kids and adults because their mature digestive systems can move the spores through the body before they cause any harm. But very young babies haven’t developed the ability to handle the spores yet! So, just put the little honey bear away until after the first bday!
I hope this post has relaxed some of you first food mamas out there! Have a GRAYT time with food, its SO fun!!