Allergies and Solids

Eleisha - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Okay so I am not criticizing anyone or their beliefs on BF and solids, I am just after how people feel about introducing solids. Here's my daughters and my story.
For the first 8 weeks, my daughter refused to BF (we had a terrible experience with my baby screaming for 1 hr, a midwife forcing her on my breast and me crying too). So she refused. I expressed and fed her for those 8 weeks and have now finally got her BF properly and we have not looked back. (in that time she never once had a bottle of formula). We got to 3 months and she stopped gaining weight. I had copious amounts of milk, and she just stopped feeding. I decided to give her rice cereal for breakfast. From then on she started to gain weight, and she now has 3 meals per day. Ava is 5 months now, and eats a variety of foods (homemade only) which include yogurt, egg, fish and wheat. WHO says to exclusively BF for 6 months and while this works for some people, it just did not work for me and my child. They recommend delaying introducing these foods to reduce allergies. However, the rate of allergies over the past few years has increased dramatically. I am wondering if delaying the introduction of these solids actually increases the risk of allergies. Since introducing these foods and other solids my daughter has displayed NO allergies... Just wondering how you feel and what your experiences are?
NOTE - My daughter still has 5 BF per day!

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Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Kim:

Woah Michelle.... i think that was a bit harsh. It seems as though you are attacking Eleisha (by your use of captials.) People do many things differently and Eleisha is just sharing her story. I have had Anaphylaxis training and know just how bad a reaction can be.
I have heard recently that reports are beginning to come out that now question if 'not' introducing certains foods before a certain age makes any difference. They are now saying this as despite all the information out there of what foods to give when and what to avoid the rate of allergies is not decreasing.
A close friend of mine has also mentioned to me that our western beliefs differ a lot compared to her experiences in Asian countries where things such as nuts are given earlier than two and the rate of allergic reaction is low.
Perhaps we are too strict in what we give our children and if we give certain things at different stages we may become more tolerant of so called "dangerous" foods.
Only time will tell!
Keep up the good work Eleisha (8 weeks of expressing and bottle feeding is a mammoth task), hope Ava stays fit and healthy and allergy free!!



 



 





sometimes the truth comes off harsh... putting your child in danger because u feel like it isn't exactally good parent and as someone tha't deals with allergic reactions you'd think you would know that

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Kim:

Woah Michelle.... i think that was a bit harsh. It seems as though you are attacking Eleisha (by your use of captials.) People do many things differently and Eleisha is just sharing her story. I have had Anaphylaxis training and know just how bad a reaction can be.
I have heard recently that reports are beginning to come out that now question if 'not' introducing certains foods before a certain age makes any difference. They are now saying this as despite all the information out there of what foods to give when and what to avoid the rate of allergies is not decreasing.
A close friend of mine has also mentioned to me that our western beliefs differ a lot compared to her experiences in Asian countries where things such as nuts are given earlier than two and the rate of allergic reaction is low.
Perhaps we are too strict in what we give our children and if we give certain things at different stages we may become more tolerant of so called "dangerous" foods.
Only time will tell!
Keep up the good work Eleisha (8 weeks of expressing and bottle feeding is a mammoth task), hope Ava stays fit and healthy and allergy free!!



 



 





sometimes the truth comes off harsh... putting your child in danger because u feel like it isn't exactally good parent and as someone tha't deals with allergic reactions you'd think you would know that

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Eleisha:



Quoting Michelle:

I think you got lucky you introded some VERY dangerous foods to your daughter... my daughter has a milk allergy and soy and wheat...none of which she has EVER had directly at 13 months yOU LUCKED OUT and i'd hope before you have another child you do some research about what YOU COULD done to your child





 






I am very sorry to hear that your daughter has milk, soy and wheat allergies, no doubt that is very difficult.  From my interpretation of your post, I feel you almost resent the fact I "LUCKED OUT".    I may have "LUCKED OUT" in that Ava has no food allergies, however, I do not feel criticizing the way I have chosen to raise my child will fix the allergies your daughter has.  This post was to gain some insight into how people introduce food to their children.  It NEVER criticized delaying introduction of foods or made anyone feel inferior for EBF for extended periods.  In fact I fully support EBF for as long as anyone chooses.  I have the belief that whatever works for your child and you is the best...  "A mother knows best".  I had fully intended to EBF for 6 months and perhaps beyond, but unfortunately it just didn't work out that way; similarly you had hoped your daughter would not have any allergies, but it didn't work out that way either. I would also like to point out, before introducing the so called "dangerous foods" i consulted my GP, and followed his suggestions.  I also spoke to my CHN in regard to introducing these foods, as well as did ample research of my own.  I am a qualified Childcare Assistant, have my first Aid certificate and have been trained to recognize the signs of Anaphylactic Shock, and use of an epi pen.  More importantly, I am her mother... which makes ME the best person to decide whether or not she is ready for these foods.






 






I will remind you again that my original post NEVER criticized or questioned how you chose to parent your daughter; and neither does this one.  Perhaps before you decide to degrade me again you will endeavor to find out ALL of the facts.  I am again sorry that you felt the need to criticize my parenting; but perhaps you should look at the real reason your angry??





i'm not upset you lucked out good for your daughter although just so you know she can still have food alelrgies to things she's fine with now... i'm not angry about my daughters allergies they are part of life and she was NOT introduced to anything early *we found her allergies by taking things out of my diet as seh's nursed* i'm not angry but i do think it's irresponsible to put your child in danger over something that could totally be prevented in MOST cases.you may be the mother but theres TOns of studies showing what you did put your daughter at risk and any educated mother would NEVER purposely do that if there childs safety and well being was first

Eleisha - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

I think you got lucky you introded some VERY dangerous foods to your daughter... my daughter has a milk allergy and soy and wheat...none of which she has EVER had directly at 13 months yOU LUCKED OUT and i'd hope before you have another child you do some research about what YOU COULD done to your child


 



I am very sorry to hear that your daughter has milk, soy and wheat allergies, no doubt that is very difficult.  From my interpretation of your post, I feel you almost resent the fact I "LUCKED OUT".    I may have "LUCKED OUT" in that Ava has no food allergies, however, I do not feel criticizing the way I have chosen to raise my child will fix the allergies your daughter has.  This post was to gain some insight into how people introduce food to their children.  It NEVER criticized delaying introduction of foods or made anyone feel inferior for EBF for extended periods.  In fact I fully support EBF for as long as anyone chooses.  I have the belief that whatever works for your child and you is the best...  "A mother knows best".  I had fully intended to EBF for 6 months and perhaps beyond, but unfortunately it just didn't work out that way; similarly you had hoped your daughter would not have any allergies, but it didn't work out that way either. I would also like to point out, before introducing the so called "dangerous foods" i consulted my GP, and followed his suggestions.  I also spoke to my CHN in regard to introducing these foods, as well as did ample research of my own.  I am a qualified Childcare Assistant, have my first Aid certificate and have been trained to recognize the signs of Anaphylactic Shock, and use of an epi pen.  More importantly, I am her mother... which makes ME the best person to decide whether or not she is ready for these foods.



 



I will remind you again that my original post NEVER criticized or questioned how you chose to parent your daughter; and neither does this one.  Perhaps before you decide to degrade me again you will endeavor to find out ALL of the facts.  I am again sorry that you felt the need to criticize my parenting; but perhaps you should look at the real reason your angry??

Kim - posted on 11/11/2009

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Woah Michelle.... i think that was a bit harsh. It seems as though you are attacking Eleisha (by your use of captials.) People do many things differently and Eleisha is just sharing her story. I have had Anaphylaxis training and know just how bad a reaction can be.
I have heard recently that reports are beginning to come out that now question if 'not' introducing certains foods before a certain age makes any difference. They are now saying this as despite all the information out there of what foods to give when and what to avoid the rate of allergies is not decreasing.
A close friend of mine has also mentioned to me that our western beliefs differ a lot compared to her experiences in Asian countries where things such as nuts are given earlier than two and the rate of allergic reaction is low.
Perhaps we are too strict in what we give our children and if we give certain things at different stages we may become more tolerant of so called "dangerous" foods.
Only time will tell!
Keep up the good work Eleisha (8 weeks of expressing and bottle feeding is a mammoth task), hope Ava stays fit and healthy and allergy free!!

Michelle - posted on 11/11/2009

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I think you got lucky you introded some VERY dangerous foods to your daughter... my daughter has a milk allergy and soy and wheat...none of which she has EVER had directly at 13 months yOU LUCKED OUT and i'd hope before you have another child you do some research about what YOU COULD done to your child

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There are several reasons why people become allergic to foods. Introducing solids early is just one of them. There are also several other reasons to wait to introduce foods. Starting solids early is linked to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in the long run. If your child's stomach isn't ready for them it can cause adverse reactions such as diarrhea, vomiting or constipation. It seems like a lot of parents are starting solids really early and I don't think there's a way of knowing how many parents started solids early "back in the day." Maybe more parents are starting them early now and that's why allergies are on the rise. Just because a child doesn't exhibit an allergy to a food now doesn't mean that they won't at any point in their life. If a child eats peanut butter as an infant with no reaction that doesn't mean they won't become allergic as a toddler. Everyone has their own opinion and their own parenting styles. My daughter is 6 months old and is EBF. I would just rather wait until I know that her system is ready.



http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-al...

http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/articles....

Tammy - posted on 11/11/2009

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I was wondering about introducing solids early too as of all the info on increased risk of developing allergies, my son is 4 months and I have started giving him solids at dinner because of poor weight gain. I think children are just becoming more prone to allergies as the years go by, just like obesity is more increasingly common etc with the increase of fast food restaurants and computer/Wii/Nintendo games.

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