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Baby feeding and allergies

Your baby’s digestive system is still developing – it’s very sensitive and delicate, which is why they can’t cope with anything other than milk until around 4-6 months. As they grow, their appetite and feeding routines can seem to change from one week to the next. You might find that they’re still hungry after a feed, or perhaps you’re worried they’re not eating as much as they should or you’re concerned they have an allergy or intolerance.

This section looks at the most common feeding problems such as constipation and reflux (where your baby can’t keep their food down). It also looks at the sorts of foods that can cause allergies, when your baby should be introduced to solids, and it gives advice on ways to gradually reduce night feeds once your baby is feeding well during the day.


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    Allergy Prevention

    Did you know that if you or your spouse have a history or allergies, then there is a high chance that your baby will too? Don’t worry, there are ways to help in preventing allergies in babies, starting from when you are pregnant.

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    Night feeds

    Younger babies with small stomachs need smaller feeds more often, which means night feeds are essential for their development. As they grow, the need to feed during the night should naturally decrease.

    However, some babies continue to wake during the night whether they need to feed or not. This can be down to actual hunger, minor ailments, such as a cold, or it might be simply because they’re used to waking. Read on to find out more about the reasons why and how you can break the habit.

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    How to tell if your baby is still hungry

    It’s difficult to know exactly how much milk your baby’s getting if they’re breastfeeding. If your baby appears to still be hungry after a feed, it’s natural to wonder whether they are getting enough. The answer isn’t always to give them more milk, but to work out why your baby is still hungry. This article will help you to do just that.

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    Baby Constipation

    It’s common for babies to suffer from constipation and it can prove uncomfortable. There are varying causes of constipation – from a change in diet to a simple cold or dehydration. For other babies it becomes a frequent occurrence and can last for long periods of time.

    In this article you can learn how to identify constipation based on the size and consistency of your baby’s stools. We also give you tips on how you can ease your baby’s discomfort – such as how to check your baby’s feeds are being made up properly and how to give your baby a gentle massage, which can all help.

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    Baby reflux

    Bringing up a little milk after a feed is very common in babies, but if it begins to happen on a regular basis, it could be a sign that your baby has reflux. Reflux occurs because the valve which stops food from coming back up is too weak in young babies, and it can mean your baby doesn’t keep enough food down to get adequate nutrition. Read more about how to tell if your baby has reflux, and how you can help to reduce it.

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    Food allergies in babies

    If you suspect your baby has an allergy, how can you tell? And how can you pinpoint what it is they’re allergic to? Understanding which foods are likely to cause allergies and should therefore be avoided can also be confusing, especially as advice often changes over time, making it hard to keep up with what’s best for your baby.

    In this article you can learn some of the signs that may suggest an allergy and read which foods are usually responsible. You’ll also find a list of the foods you’re advised to exclude from your baby’s diet in order to minimise the risk of a reaction before the age of 6 months, when their immune system is more prone to reaction.

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    Food allergies and intolerences in babies

    Allergies and intolerances, while having some symptoms in common, have a few clear distinctions that set them apart. It’s important to know the difference as, while an intolerance can be unpleasant, an allergy can be potentially life-threatening. Both allergies and intolerances come under the umbrella term of Food Hypersensitivity.

    When it’s time to wean and you begin to introduce your baby to solid foods, it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for any signs of an allergy or intolerance. By taking it slowly and introducing foods one at a time, you’ll be able to pinpoint any reactions and their possible triggers. This article will highlight the common symptoms of an allergy versus an intolerance and explain how you can gradually introduce potentially problematic foods to your baby’s diet.

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    Milk allergy and intolerance

    Symptoms of cows’ milk protein allergy (CMPA) usually appear during the first few months of life. CMPA is more likely to occur between a week to a month after formula or cows’ milk is introduced and is rare in exclusively breastfed babies. In these rare instances, the milk proteins from your diet may pass through your breastmilk to your baby. However, you should only remove dairy products from your diet on the advice of a healthcare professional as they are an important source of key nutrients, like calcium.

    If your baby is allergic to cows’ milk then it is likely that they will also react to goat, sheep, buffalo and other animal milks. If you don’t think your baby is feeding as they should, it’s always best to seek advice from your doctor. However, this article will help you to understand more about milk allergies and learn how to identify possible reactions to milk.

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