Pulled from Dr. Jay Gordon’s website is an article, with an excerpt here detailing common food allergies. Food allergies seem to be one of the most common reasons for an unhappy/uncomfortable baby. Happy reading!
By Cheryl Taylor, CBE
Food allergies, or reactions, are more common than many realize, particularly when dealing with the immature digestive system of a newborn! Many babies simply cannot break down some of the larger proteins without difficulty. There are times when symptoms begin so severely, or immediately, that it cannot be missed. More often symptoms increase with exposure and it is around six weeks when you begin to realize that there may be a food source causing the discomfort you are seeing in your child.
Common symptoms that are reactions to a food allergen are:
- Skin reactions – rash, eczema, cradle cap, hives
- Loose stools – blood visible in stool
- Nasal congestion – stuffiness, accompanying cough
- Persistent ear infections
- Colic – GI pain, heartburn, stomach cramps, reflux, gas
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Frequent interruption of sleep
The top 7 food allergens are:
- Citrus (acidic fruits)
- Peanuts/Tree Nuts