But what is a food allergy? The short answer is a food allergy occurs when the body thinks the food is poison and launches an attack.
What are these foods?
6. Tree nuts
The most common food allergies are milk, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy and wheat.
Most children grow out of allergies to milk, soy and eggs at around 1 year of age. If they haven’t grown out of it by then they may still outgrow them by early childhood. It’s also important to note that milk and soy allergy have a large percentage of cross reactivity, which means that many children will have both a milk and soy allergy.
If your child has symptoms of food allergy and you suspect they may be allergic to a food, consider keeping a food symptom diary and recording what, when and how much your child eats as well as when her symptoms occur. You should also consider getting her tested for food allergies to confirm what you suspect.
Infant food allergies are often difficult to prove because food allergy testing is not commonly done on babies. Food allergies in babies are very real however, so read the article above to figure out how to determine which foods your baby has a reaction to and eliminate them.
If your child is in fact allergic to a food it is important to attempt to eliminate all sources of the offending allergen. For some foods such as milk, eggs or soy this is very difficult because these foods are extremely common in processed foods. For this reason it may be a good idea to ask your child's allergist how severe it is and how necessary it is to eliminate the food completely. Some foods can be consumed when an ingredient in a food however not by itself.