Other studies suggest that early weaning can trigger allergies as the stomach is not ready to properly digest proteins etc at 4 months - hence health visitors are supposed to reccommend not weaning until 6 months.
We thought my son might have some foods allergies to begin with - but I'm pleased to say he doesn't! He started off getting a rash from cows milk (in his cereal etc), but by 8 months he was fine with yoghurt and cheese and by 12months was drinking whole milk without any reaction. He also reacted to wheat, strawberries and tomatoes but that only lasted a few months. The one thing that brought him out in horrendous hives was egg, so we've tried a little every 8 weeks until he stopped reacting to it about 2 months ago- now scrambled egg is one of his favourites! Tomato occasionally still gives him a slight rash but it doesn't seem to bother him so we don't worry about it. With this in mind, I know some who would have just kept their baby off the food for good and decided they had an allergy, but as my boy showed they can grow out of these things - only a doctor shoul diagnose an allergy and in that case I would definitely reccommend against trying to introduce the foods slowly unless under strict medical supervision! Either way if you're worried you should always take your little one to see a doctor, they'll know the best course of action for you.
Posted: 10/08/2010 at 19:43