Feeding the Infant With Possible Food Allergy: What's Best?

Jennifer S. Kim, MD


June 18, 2014

Localized, perioral reactions to acidic fruits (eg, berries, tomatoes, citrus fruits) upon direct contact with the skin are common. These reactions may consist of an erythematous rash or urticaria and are the result of irritation from the acid in these foods or high levels of histamine-releasing compounds within the foods. Systemic reactions do not occur, and therefore delayed introduction of such foods is not recommended.

Major allergens include soy, milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Rice is not a common allergen, although of note, it is the most common solid food associated with food-protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome.


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