Diagnosing food reactions in babies
A true food allergy usually causes an immediate reaction after the baby eats a particular food. The most common symptoms of a food allergy are itchy skin, itchy or swollen tongue and lips, sneezing, a runny nose, shortness of breath, vomiting, and coughing.
The symptoms of food intolerance are more likely to be tummy pain or colic (you may see him pulling his knees up to his chest or arching his back in pain) bloating, wind, diarrhoea, and sometimes vomiting. Agitated behaviour, and hot flushing may also be symptoms.
Never try to diagnose an allergy or intolerance yourself: If you suspect your baby is reacting to a food, seek a proper diagnosis from your doctor, so that your baby can get the correct medical treatment.
The most severe from of allergy is called anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that needs emergency medical treatment. Symptoms may include itchy skin, swelling on the lips and tongue, tightening of the throat, difficulty breathing, and appearing to be losing consciousness. Your baby may look pale and clammy. Left untreated, anaphylaxis can cause loss of consciousness and in rare cases may be fatal.
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