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How can I watch out for allergies when starting solid foods for my baby?

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To watch out for allergies when starting your baby on solid foods, serve him only one new ingredient at a time. Each time you give him a new food to taste, wait 3 to 5 days before you offer another new one. This way, if your baby has a bad reaction -- a rash, upset stomach, or food allergy -- it's much easier to figure which food may have caused the problem.

Also, serve new foods during the daytime, so you can watch for any reactions.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

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