Posted by Rowena on September 07, 2003 at 23:38:29:
In Reply to: Re: Rash..Eczema?? posted by Heather on September 07, 2003 at 20:11:32:
The earlier a food is introduced into a child's diet, the greater the risk of an allergy developing in suseptible children. It's not a sure thing. Approx 8% of all children will develop an allergy or intolerance to a particular food (including milk). 80% of these children will outgrow food allergies by the time they are 3 or 4 years old.
If a child has an allergy to a particular food. The symptoms will disappear when that food is excluded from their diet. If symptoms do not disappear there are also other allergies involved.
Rice cereal is one of the least allergenic foods available and that's why it is often recommended as the first food. Starting rice cereal sooner may result in an allergic reaction to rice cereal, but it will not automatically cause a child to be allergic to other foods or other things. Some children (and adults) are predisposed to allergies and there is often very little you can do to prevent them from occuring other than delaying exposure. Don't beat yourself up about starting solids early with your son. If his eczema is bad, chances are he may have developed eczema regardless of when he first started foods. Or it may well be that his eczema is due to things other than food. Far more people will have allergies to dust mite, pollens, mold or animal hair than to food.