Concerned about allergies?

Concerned about allergies?

What can help prevent allergic reactions to some foods?

Delaying the introduction of solid food until your baby is ready for it and continuing to breastfeed while you introduce solids may help prevent allergic reactions to some foods.

Once your baby is ready for solids at around 6 months, a good approach is to introduce one food at a time, every 2-4 days.  That way, if your baby does react to a food, you’ll be able to work out which food caused the reaction.

If your baby does react to a food, see your doctor.

Call 111 within New Zealand (use the appropriate emergency number in other countries) if your baby has a serious reaction (such as swelling lips, mouth, tongue, face and / or throat or difficulty breathing).

If you think your baby might have an allergy to a food, or there is a strong family history of allergies, talk to your doctor.

See Food recommendations for infants at risk of allergy.

This page last reviewed 09 June 2013.
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