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When to Worry: Food Allergies

It can be hard to notice food-allergy symptoms in babies. Here’s how to tell if your newborn could be suffering from one.

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-Did you know that 90 percent of food allergies are caused by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, or soy? With food allergies on the rise, it's important to be in the know. Symptoms usually occur within a few minutes to an hour after eating a specific food, but sometimes it can take days. If your baby is breastfeeding, he may have a reaction to food that you've eaten. Here are the three types of symptoms to watch for. One sign is a skin rash. Hives, those itchy bumps that look like blotchy mosquito bites that are classic allergic reaction. Eczema and itchy skin rash is another common symptom and it's often the first sign of an allergy. Stomach problems can also be a symptom. If your baby consistently vomits or has diarrhea after eating a particular food, he may have a food allergy or have a food intolerance, which is less serious. Blood streak stool is often a sign of a cow's milk allergy. Also watch for circulation and breathing issues. Pale skin, sneezing, and wheezing are all signs of allergen. And if your baby ever has difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately. He may be experiencing anaphylaxis, the most serious allergic response. Fortunately, your child may not have an allergy forever. More than 80% of allergies to eggs, milk, wheat, and soy go away by age 5.