Weaning – How to introduce spices into a baby’s diet
When I decided to introduce spices into my little one’s diet I did wonder about the best method to use when doing this. If I was to include two or three spices in one of her meals, how would I know (if she reacted to any of them) which one she was allergic to?
Thankfully this wasn’t an issue as my little one isn’t allergic to anything (that I am aware of), but at the time there was no way of knowing this.
So, better to be safe than sorry I say! I chose to follow the ‘four day rule’ as I did when I first introduced solid food into my little one’s diet. And I would ALWAYS recommend that you do the same. For example, introduce a spice cooked within food and serve to your little one. Then wait four days before introducing another one.
Some parents may prefer not to do this and dive straight in, but it is necessary as introducing spices one at a time does allow you to eliminate particular spices if your little one has an allergic reaction. Saying that, aromatic spices are from natural sources so allergic reactions are pretty uncommon.
Nevertheless, when introducing a new spice/ spices it is important to keep an eye out for the following reactions:
- tummy upsets
- skin rashes
- swelling of the lips and face
- runny and blocked noses
- itchy watery eyes
Please be particularly cautious if you have a family history of allergies to particular spices.
If in doubt, consult your GP or Health Visitor.
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