Baby and Toddler

Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?

A differential diagnosis means distinguishing food allergy from food intolerance or other illnesses. If a patient goes to the doctor’s office and says, “I think I have a food allergy,” the doctor has to consider the list of other possibilities that may lead to symptoms that could be confused with food allergy. One possibility is

Diagnosing Food Allergies

To diagnose food allergy a doctor must first determine if the patient is having an adverse reaction to specific foods. This assessment is made with the help of a detailed patient history, the patient’s diet diary, or an elimination diet. The first of these techniques is the most valuable. The physician sits down with the

Common Food Allergies

In adults, the most common foods to cause allergic reactions include: shellfish such as shrimp, crayfish, lobster, and crab; peanuts, a legume that is one of the chief foods to cause severe anaphylaxis, a sudden drop in blood pressure that can be fatal if not treated quickly; tree nuts such as walnuts; fish; and eggs.

Introducing Solids

Start with small bits of soft fruit such as bananas or vegetables such as soft cooked green beans. Other good finger foods include bits of toast, arrowroot biscuits or other teething biscuits, unsalted soda crackers, cheese cubes, and other fruits and vegetables. He will be interested in what others are eating and willing to try

Infant Potty Training

“Infant toilet learning is what I consider to be the perfect labor of love” It started out innocently enough. My third son was just 3 months old when something inside me said, “Not another bout of diapers, please!” I knew there had to be a better way than the conventional toilet training used with my


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