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Babies are more likely to have an allergy if there is a history of asthma, eczema or hayfever in the family. A food allergy typically causes an immediate reaction after eating the food – usually seconds or minutes after eating it. Typical symptoms are:
More severe allergy symptoms are the same as above and/or:
The most common food allergies are:
A food intolerance has a more delayed reaction, which may not manifest until hours or days after eating. The most common effects of food intolerances are:
The most common food intolerances are the same as for allergies. Introduce these foods after your child has reached six months, and try them one at a time monitoring your child very closely to check for a reaction of any sort, in which case you should consult your GP or if it’s a very severe reaction (such as difficulty breathing or any swelling occurs) take your baby to the local Accident and Emergency department.
For more advice on baby food allergies visit the NHS website.