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    Default Starting solids and allergies

    I've been eliminating things from my diet to find out what has been causing D's eczema and spitting up. So far eggs, dairy and soy are out. D just had his 6 month visit and because of what I've been going through the Pediatrician recommended I introduce solids very conservatively, starting with rice cereal. I will say that my Pediatrician is typically very laid back. As long as my children are healthy, he doesn't question my methods and only gives advice when asked. So I trust his judgement on taking solids a little more carefully than I did with MK - I never waited to introduce foods, did BLS and never really thought about it. But then again she showed no signs of any allergy or intolerance.

    My question is, those of you who have children with allergies and intolerances, what did you start with? How did you work solids?
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    Default Re: Starting solids and allergies

    I think you can still do BLS with an allergic kid. My second is allergic to eggs and I've done BLS with her. I just started by putting single foods on her tray, and as we've progressed I've been a bit more cautious about giving her mixed foods and table foods. And of course I check ingredients religiously! We mostly feed her diced or smushed soft veggies, fruits, and meat.
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    Default Re: Starting solids and allergies



    2 LO with multiple food allergies.

    Did *my version* of BLS with both.

    I made foods specifically for baby to eat, did one food at a time, waited 3 or 4 days before introducing another new food, kept a detailed food diary to keep track of what foods we'd tried and any reactions.

    Instead of doing "pure" BLS of giving baby whatever was on my plate, would cook some foods (sweet potato, butternut squash, etc) that were JUST for baby and ONLY had that single food.

    I WAS strategic in trying new foods that we could combine as ingredients and start being able to cook meals that everyone could eat.

    A helpful resource for starting solids with a food allergy baby.

    I would check with YOUR doc about when to introduce foods you suspect are triggers as well as "top 8" allergens (wheat, soy, milk, egg, peanut, treenut, fish, shellfish).

    Personally - I'd skip rice cereal and do some of the other BLS "first foods" like banana, sweet potato, butternut squash, avocado.

    DS1 - we found out about food allergies when he started solids.

    DS2 - we were super cautious about introducing new foods while starting solids; of the "top 8" we had intro'ed wheat & soy at home then got a little skittish about trying milk & egg at home so consulted with our ALLERGIST about how to proceed

    "baby" had allergy testing (SPT and RAST) at about 13 mo and based on the results + history our allergist gave us guidance about how to keep introducing foods

    for baby cows milk was iffy so we did an in office food challenge (IOFC) at the allergist office to trial cows milk (baby passed)
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
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    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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    Default Re: Starting solids and allergies

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*kst.7399 View Post
    Pediatrician recommended
    Unless your pediatrician is also a specialist - I REALLY encourage you to work with a board-certified allergist who specializes in children with food allergies.

    Also - if you're dealing with ALLERGIES (not intolerances) and there is a concern that these are allergies that could cause reactions such as hives / vomiting / problems breathing (vs. just delayed reactions / eczema / GI symptoms) you REALLY need to work with an ALLERGIST and ask whether you need to have an EpiPen for your LO.

    When we were starting solids with DS2 we actually found it reassuring that we have EpiPens in the house (for DS1) so if DS2 had a bad reaction we'd be able to help him quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    My second is allergic to eggs
    The nag in me coming out .... remind me .... do you have an EpiPen for her?
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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    Default Re: Starting solids and allergies

    I don't have an EpiPen but it's never a bad idea to have one on hand.

    So we did sweet potato tonight. I baked it and then added some breast milk to make it a little creamier. Handed him the spoon and let him rip. The first few tastes he made a face and of course he was more about the spoon, but he didn't get turned off when I would add more to the spoon. I noticed a rash under his neck at bath time. He gets splotchy and bumpy all the time - he's pretty pale - but will keep an eye on if it's still there in the morning. If it's a reaction, would it happen immediately or would it show up later?
    If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn

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