Table of contents:
- How does an allergy arise in the first place?
- What is the best way to start with complementary foods?
- Should I follow special diet rules as a preventive measure?
- How do I get my child to eat the right things?
Allergies are increasing. Babies and toddlers are not immune from this either. But no reason for excessive caution. Our expert knows how to recognize allergies in your little darling and how to deal with them if necessary.
If the baby has diarrhea or rashes, is constantly plagued by infections and never seems to be completely fit, one can assume that my child has an allergy. Especially when parents are affected themselves, after all, the problem can be inherited. But how do you know whether you actually have an allergy or whether you are simply over-anxious? We went through the most important questions for you with nutrition trainer Kerstin Sagmeister (www.apfelgruen.info).
How does an allergy arise in the first place?
Statistically speaking, a child has about a 15 percent risk of developing it - if neither parent is allergic. If this is the case, the risk increases to 20–40 percent for one affected parent and 40–60 percent for both. "In the event of an allergy, the immune system treats certain substances as foreign bodies and forms antibodies. This causes reactions such as watery eyes, genetically predisposed babies have special milk powders that minimize the risk of an allergic reaction."
What is the best way to start with complementary foods?
“Don't be overly careful. Leaving out food always means giving up nutrients. That can quickly create defects in the very little ones."
Should I follow special diet rules as a preventive measure?
No. Not even if there is a genetic disposition. It is better to observe the children closely and to react quickly if there are any signs. "Leaving out food always means leaving out nutrients. This is particularly dangerous in small children, it can lead to a deficiency, which in turn can lead to development and growth disorders," warns Sagmeister.
How do I get my child to eat the right things?
Sagmeister recommends approaching the matter in a playful way: "Try to explain to the offspring why certain foods are problematic. Draw up an immune system, foods and antibodies in bright colors so that it is easy for the child to understand. Play that out while shopping Ingredient game: what's in there that can also be put in the stomach? " And then of course it is important to set a good example yourself. So cook as fresh as possible and avoid ready-made meals.