Research suggests that introducing common food allergens, particularly nuts, can help reduce the risk of a child developing a food allergy. BUT when you are a parent of a baby just starting out on solids, it’s often the last thing you want to do, isn’t it? We want to play it safe. Choking is a worry and adding in the risk of an allergic reaction doesn’t sound like the best thing to do!It’s a bit like crossing a road. It carries risk but it needs to be done in order to live life. You are aware it carries a risk - that’s why you look before you cross the road. You are aware of the rules of the road and you process the risk.With allergens, the ‘rules’ we need to be aware of are the list of allergens and the signs that your baby is having an allergic reaction. This is the equivalent of ‘looking as you cross the road’, as well as knowing ways to introduce those allergens.

What are the most common food allergens to be aware of?

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