How do I know if my baby is allergic to formula?

How do I know if my baby is allergic to formula?

Studies show that currently more and more children show signs of being allergic to formula milk. This is one of the greatest worries faced by mothers who don't breastfeed, but below we offer some tips and recommendations in the event that your baby is one of those who are allergic:

How do you detect an allergy?
The most frequent adverse symptoms are a rash, dry skin, welts, inflammation and vomiting. If your baby shows signs of one or more of these symptoms, don't delay in calling your doctor because he will know exactly what you should do.

An allergy to formula milk can also present other not so obvious symptoms, such as:
– Baby has a lot of gas or colic
– He vomits or spits up more frequently than normal
– That his feces are runnier or harder, and foul smelling.
– That baby develops a ring-like red rash around his rectum and it won't go away with the use of medicated cream.
– The he shows signs of swelling of his tongue, face or mouth (this occurs only with severe allergies).

Note: The Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommends that, in order to detect allergies at an early stage, you pay close attention to your baby's behavior when he eats; if he is uncomfortable, nervous or cries too much, he could have an allergy.

How can I prevent allergies?
Many specialists claim that the way to prevent allergies is to only breastfeed your baby for the first six months of his life. This is also true if baby's parents have allergies; find out what type of milk they drank when they were babies and what effect it had on them.

What to do after I have detected an allergy?
The first thing you have to do when you notice the symptoms is call your pediatrician who will be able to advise you on changing the formula and controlling the signs of allergies Don't forget that if your baby's problem is allergy-based, he will get over it by one year old, or at most by the time he is two; but doctors (at least the majority of them) will always try to have baby drink dairy milk again, because that is the best alternative to breast milk.



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