Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

About six per cent of chil­dren aged three and un­der have a food al­lergy. At this age, signs your baby might have an al­lergy can in­clude skin re­ac­tions and res­pi­ra­tory or in­testi­nal symp­toms like hives, itch­ing, cough­ing, vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea and blood in the stool. It’s pos­si­ble for ba­bies to have al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to foods be­fore they’ve eaten them, as they can de­velop al­ler­gies to the foods their mother eats through her breast milk – most com­monly milk and dairy prod­ucts, peanuts and shell­fish. Once ba­bies start on solids they can de­velop al­ler­gies to other foods. In­tro­duc­ing new foods one at a time will make it eas­ier to work out which food is re­spon­si­ble for a re­ac­tion if an al­lergy does de­velop.

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