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Baby Food Allergies

By the time your baby is 7 months old, she has probably had a number of different kinds of solid foods. Most of them have likely gone down without any issues. However, it is possible that you may have run into some unexpected difficulties after starting solids.
If you have noticed adverse reactions (mild or severe) after your baby eats, she may have a food allergy. Food allergies in children occur in up to 6 to 8 percent of children under the age of three.
It is a commonly held belief that breastfeeding your baby directly prevents food allergies from developing. While there is no conclusive evidence that this is true per se, breastfeeding may delay the start of food allergies from developing by delaying your infant's exposure to those foods that can cause allergies.
Not all problems with food are necessarily an allergic reaction. Sometimes, an intolerance or sensitivity to certain foods is attributed to an allergy, even though it technically is not a food allergy. Some common foods that cause sensitivities are:
  • Cow's milk -- a common form is lactose intolerance (although a cow's milk allergy is also one of the most common types of allergies in infants)
  • Products containing gluten, such as grains, pasta, and cereal (known medically as celiac disease).
(Click Food Allergies in Children to learn more.)

Is My 7-Month-Old Teething?

Your 7-month-old baby may be going through a new stage -- teething! The first painful cries of a teething baby can be very difficult to figure out. Teething can be difficult to diagnose because there is little visible evidence to guide parents to the source of the discomfort.
When a baby begins teething, parents need to rely on other signs and symptoms that do not include actually seeing the first pearly whites pushing through.
A few of the first signs or symptoms of teething can include:
  • Excessive drool
  • Ear pulling
  • Irritability/crankiness
  • Biting/grinding
  • Low-grade fever
  • Facial rash
  • Decreased appetite for solid foods.
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