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Diving Deeper Into Baby Food Allergy Symptoms

Witnessing a food allergy reaction from your baby makes your insides twist. It not only hurts to see your child in discomfort but it makes your brain race…

“Was it the new seasoning for the lamb?

I know it’s not my vitamins…

What did I eat 3 days ago?”

And on and on…

Whatever symptoms your food allergy baby suffers from, it’s hard on the whole family. When you’re trying to get to baseline, it can feel like a nightmare — everything seems to be a symptom. You drive yourself crazy as a parent because you want a happy, healthy baby.

What makes it even more of a challenge? You’re told, “ It’s normal.” Babies cry, poop a lot, have skin issues, reflux, and so on. You don’t know what to believe and it’s confusing.

Here at Free To Feed, we have over 5 years of experience helping thousands of food allergy families. We’re here to tell you — it’s not a one-size-fits-all journey. Every baby and family has unique circumstances that require individualized care.

Today we’re diving deeper into baby food allergy symptoms, our experience with families, and resources you’ll want and need caring for your little one.

Top 10 Symptoms of Infant Food Allergies

Food allergens pass to your child either through your breastmilk or eating solid foods on their own. Sometimes, even coming into physical contact with allergens causes a reaction. If you've been told the lie, “food proteins don’t transfer through breastmilk,” read more from us on the truth here.

Those food proteins create an immune response, leading to all the symptoms your baby suffers with. Often food allergy parents like you tell us, “We just knew something was wrong, and we didn’t get answers to our problems.”

We know and trust that you know your baby best. But as a new parent, or if you have a new baby with a set of challenges, doubts creep in. Symptoms of infant food allergies are not only confusing for parents but the medical field too.

Scientific research from a survey of over 2,400 parents on food sensitivities revealed the most common symptoms: [1]

  • Colic

  • Failure to thrive

  • Eczema

  • Rash

  • Gastrointestinal issues

  • Bloody or mucousy stools

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Reflux

  • Vomiting

We’re here to say keep advocating for your baby’s health and keep trying to find answers. Knowing the main symptoms helps create a starting point on your journey.

No symptom or issue is too small, and your story deserves validation. It’s good to trust your parental instincts and powerful to have data (plus shared experiences) from other families. Education provides insight into your baby’s symptoms and gets solutions fast.

You are not alone. We’ve heard thousands of unique stories just like yours. After 5 years of serving food allergy families, we have more expert advice on symptoms that are too often dismissed or overlooked.

Plunging Into 3 Common Food Allergy Symptoms For Babies & Our Personal Experience

Free To Feed marches to its own drum. This mission started after concerned parents were disregarded and told they were the cause of their baby’s harm. While we honor and appreciate the medical community, we challenge it to do more for food allergies.

Infant symptoms remain highly debatable topics in the food allergy community.

Yes, babies cry, have icky-looking poops, and puke…but at what threshold? That’s what we’re talking about: When is enough, enough?

We’re sharing a little more about our thoughts and experience supporting families over the years. Maybe in hopes of saving other families time, energy, and heartache.

  • Colic Is Not a Diagnosis.

We know this one causes some stir for both parents and professionals because it’s still used regularly. Colic was originally defined as symptoms “lasting for 3 hours per day, 3 or more days per week, for 3 or more weeks, starting around 3 weeks of age…” Umm, what? No answers, just tons of crying.

We 100% believe sometimes babies just cry, but we also believe in underlying causes for such discomfort and distress. Food allergies and intolerances, imbalances of gut bacteria, and underdeveloped digestive tract represent the top three leading causes of colic, according to Mayo Clinic.[2] If you’re a food allergy parent, you likely understand the link between GI issues and your baby’s symptoms. We’ve heard too many horror stories of families suffering before they get help.

So, go ahead