Allergy Aware Diet
Allergies & Nutrition
Symptoms in infants usually occur in the skin and gastro-intestinal tract. They range from dry, scaly or weeping areas of the skin, unpleasant itching, rashes and pimples right up to a sore bottom. Regular vomiting, diarrhoea and blood in the stool after eating a specific food are signs that could indicate an allergy.
The role of breast milk in allergy prevention
Breast milk is the best-suited food for allergy prevention in infants. In the first few hours after birth, the milk is especially high in immunity agents and support the child's resistance. It can be called the first oral vaccination. Breast milk is matched best to the needs of the infant and provides all the nutrients that the baby needs. Intolerance to breast milk is extremely rare. Exclusive breastfeeding protects the child because it excludes giving any other milk and hence too early contact to possible allergens such as cow milk or soy. If supplemental food is added later, then breastfeeding is still possible and even desirable. This is because new supplemental food is more compatible together with breast milk. This also applies to gluten, a protein component that is found in most types of grain. Therefore, it is super if grain-porridge is prepared with breast milk and for 1-3 breastfeeding meals to still be maintained generally in addition to supplemental food.
Our recommendation for a low-allergen diet:
Allergy prevention with breast milk can be supported very well by choosing the right supplemental food. Boiled vegetables and fruit are suitable as the first supplemental food because they trigger allergies much less than raw fruit and vegetables.
Mono-grain porridges, which only contain one variety of grain, are very well suited to gently adding food. Gluten-free millet porridge can, for example, be prepared with fruit or vegetables as a milk-free meal. Combining grain with breast milk into a grain porridge is particularly advantageous.