Different Food Allergies A Baby Might Be Affected By

by Linda Shaw, MD, FAAP What do you want to know? Come ask the experts! A selection of answers to your...
by Linda Shaw, MD, FAAP

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The question:
Is it safe to feed a one-year-old chocolate or peanut butter? Why are these foods to be avoided in the first year?

The Pediatrician Answers:
If you do not have a significant family history of allergy, then chocolate and peanut butter are probably not a problem for a 1 year old (as long as there is no choking hazard for the item containing the chocolate or peanut butter!)

The recommendation to avoid these foods in the first year is made because these items are highly allergenic in allergy-sensitive people.

Symptoms of a food allergy can be as simple as skin problems (itchiness, rashes or hives) or intestinal troubles (abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting), or as dangerous as swelling of the respiratory passages, shortness of breath, fainting or anaphylactic shock.

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the most common food allergens are:



  • egg
  • milk
  • shellfish
  • peanuts
  • soy
  • wheat

If your child experiences symptoms of a food allergy, avoid any further contact with that food item, rinse his or her mouth and see a doctor.PregnancyAndBaby.com


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