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Is Your Infant Safe From Food Allergies?

Is Your Infant Safe From Food Allergies?

             Mothers feel very excited while introducing solids to their babies for the first time. Besides excitement they are surrounded by many suggestions about how to feed and what to feed which throw most of the moms in dilemma.

When the baby is ready to have solids, mothers concentrate more on meeting up the nutritional requirements which aid baby’s healthy growth. But it is equally important to recognize the possible food allergies that may result in babies and what foods are most likely to cause allergies.

Food allergy is referred to an abnormal reaction by body’s immune system triggered by consumption of a specific food. Even a small amount of allergy causing food can result in food allergy which shows the symptoms right after eating or within couple of hours.  

Signs of food allergies:

The signs and symptoms of food allergies may vary from person to person. They can be mild or severe and can involve one part of the body and more than one part of the body in some cases. Some of the most common signs of food allergies include:

  • Hives
  • Skin rash
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Redness and swelling of the face
  • Itching and swelling of lips, tongue or mouth.
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Fainting

How to avoid food allergies in babies:

            Most of the kids could be allergic to any food, but the common allergens may include milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, wheat and nuts such as walnuts, cashews. A baby can be protected from food allergy just by eliminating a particular food from his diet which causes allergy.

But many can get a doubt that how can a food allergy can be avoided if the baby has just started his solid foods? Then here is an answer which clears all your doubts. Follow these thumb rules, to keep food allergies at a bay from your child.

  • When a baby has started to have solids, feed him with a small quantity which should be not more than two teaspoons.
  • Introduce a new food at least four days apart. This gives you enough time to observe the allergic reactions if any and it could be difficult to find which food is the reason for the allergy if different foods are introduced at a time.
  • Introduce fruits, veggies and homemade foods rather than packaged foods. This will help kids to likely develop less food allergies.

Once a child has an allergic reaction, it can happen again and it might be more severe than the first time. So, it is better to consult a doctor who provides you an action plan for managing the allergic reaction when it might happen for the next time. 

Tips to Deal with Vomiting During Pregnancy

Tips to Deal with Vomiting During Pregnancy

During the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman’s body experiences many changes. The most common complaint heard from 90 percent of pregnancies is vomiting, also known as “morning sickness”. This is a normal part of the pregnancy but it is mainly caused due to the rapid hormonal changes. When a woman is pregnant, due to high estrogen production and hormonal activities triggers nausea and vomiting.

Some of the tips and home remedies to minimize morning sickness or vomiting and nausea are listed below:

  • Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is found to help in relieving morning sickness in pregnant woman and it doesn’t harm the fetus. Foods which are high in Vitamin B6 are brown rice, corn, nuts, fish and bananas.
  • Mint Leaves: The menthol properties present in mint leaves, helps to soothe the inner part of the stomach. Chewing some fresh mint leaves to drink its juice avoids vomiting sensation.
  • Lemon: Lemon juice is also a very good remedy to deal with vomiting during pregnancy. Smell fresh lemon peels to ease nausea and vomiting symptoms or squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water with some honey added to it, drink this every day in the morning to prevent morning sickness.
  • Carom seeds: Chewing one teaspoon of carom seeds in the morning, helps pregnant woman for better digestion and to deal with vomiting. Consuming too much of carom seeds will increase the heat level of body, so make sure to have them in right quantity.
  • Ginger: Ginger can be used to treat all types of nausea and is safe for pregnant woman. Using fresh ginger in your drinks such as tea and fresh grated ginger in your food can help to get relief from nausea.
  • Eating patterns:
    • Take several small meals throughout the day, instead of having large meals.
    • Don’t eat fried, spicy foods and avoid foods with strong odours that bother you.
    • Avoid having empty stomach. Sip on some fluids such as clear fruit juices or water and snack regularly between meals.
    • Take foods which are easily digestible, low in fat and high in carbohydrates or protein.
  • Regular Walks: Walking and light exercises are very helpful during pregnancy, unless your doctor says no to it. Walking is a perfect remedy to reduce vomiting as it is a safe exercise and aids digestion. Sitting in one position for a long-time trigger vomiting, so it is better to walk a little after your meals for faster and better digestion.

Seek medical help if you are suffering from severe and constant vomiting, as this may lead to dehydration if left untreated.