Food Allergies

Your baby is more likely to have an allergy if one or both parents or brothers or sisters have allergies, asthma or eczema. If there is an immediate family history (mother, father, sister, brother) of allergies, speak to your health care provider. You may need to wait to start some foods until your baby is older.

  • Watch for allergic reactions when you offer new foods. Follow the steps on how to start solid foods on page 21 this booklet.

If you see anything unusual after introducing your baby to a new food, call your health care professional immediately. A reaction will often occur within 24 hours of eating a new food.

Look for these signs:

  • difficulty in breathing
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • skin rash
  • watery eyes
  • coughing
  • runny nose
  • a lot of bloating or gas
  • unusual crying or being very cranky during the daytime.

To Learn More…

Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education:
Health Canada:
Canadian Paediatric Society: