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Food Allergies in Your Baby's First Year

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Does anyone in your family have asthma, hay fever, eczema or food allergies? If so, your baby might have a food allergy, too. Discuss your family history with your doctor and make sure you know what to look out for.


Food allergies happen when the body mistakes a food for something harmful. The immune system fights back, creating an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of Food Allergy

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and typically appear within minutes (in some cases it may take hours, but this is unusual). The symptoms may include: 

Examples include:

  • Hives (blotchy, pale bumps on the skin surrounded by red patches), swelling, redness and rash
  • Stuffy or runny nose with itchy, watery eyes
  • Vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea

If you think a certain food is causing an allergic reaction, stop the food and get medical advice. 

  • Swelling of the mouth, tongue, and throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Problems swallowing, hoarse (rough) voice, trouble speaking
  • Pale or blue colour of the face or lips
  • Feeling faint, weak, or passing out
  • Hives that are spreading 

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see signs of a severe allergic reaction.

For advice on preventing or managing food allergies, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 to talk to a registered dietitian. Or speak with the community nutritionist at your local public health office.


Resources & Links:

HealthLink BC: Reducing Risk of Food Allergy in Your Baby
HealthLink BC: Eczema and Food Allergy in Babies and Young Children
HealthLink BC: Food Allergies
HealthLink BC: Allergic Reaction

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