DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor of any kind! If you have a concern or question about your baby’s health or potential allergies, pleeeease talk to your pediatrician or general doctor!
This is the final post is this “series” on allergens. There are a few common food allergies and intolerances that folks have: eggs, dairy, nuts (peanuts and others), and gluten. Check the other posts by clicking the highlighted words!
The official stance on gluten
I tend to follow the guidelines from the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics! So here is what they have to say (click the link to read more):
- introducing allergens early can help prevent food allergies (a second source)
- a baby is more susceptible to a gluten intolerance if his parents or siblings have a gluten intolerance
Signs your baby may have a gluten intolerance
These signs usually show up within seconds or minutes. Occasionally they’ll show up a few hours later. (Source: National Institutes of Health)
- excess gas
- failure to thrive
- skin rashes
- excessive vomiting
If an intolerance exists, here are some alternatives you can offer
It’s tough to avoid grains, but it’s not impossible. You could check out the Paleo or Whole30 diets, which don’t include any grains.
For baked goods, you can generally swap flour for the following:
- almond flour (1:1 ratio)
- coconut flour (good to use if the recipe doesn’t call for much flour!)
- gluten-free flour (1:1 ratio)
- oat flour (1:1 ratio) << just ground up quick or steel cut oats