What about food allergies?

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Find out more about food allergies.

What about food allergies?

Parents of premature babies often tell us that they are especially worried about their baby developing food allergies.

There is no evidence that premature babies are more likely to develop allergies to food than any other baby.

Should my baby avoid foods if there is a family history of food allergy?

If you have a family history of allergies to food (for example nuts, milk, eggs etc.), health professionals generally now advise that parents should not exclude these foods from their baby’s diet when weaning. 

Eczema and food allergies

Some research suggests that introducing peanuts in an easy to eat way (for example, smooth peanut butter) early on in the weaning process can reduce the risk of developing the allergy. However, if your baby has had eczema and they also have a parent with a history of allergies (food allergies, asthma, hay fever or eczema) parents should always check with their health professional before introducing food with peanuts, such as peanut butter.

I found starting on puree at six months and putting some finger food on the tray at the same time useful for hand and eye coordination.

Gemma, mum to Lilliana