Seafood Allergies in Babies: A Guide
If your baby has been diagnosed with a seafood allergy, it can be a scary and overwhelming experience. Caring for a baby with a seafood allergy is different than caring for a baby without one. Here is a helpful guide on how to care for a baby with a seafood allergy:
Identify the Allergy
The first step in caring for your baby is to identify the specific seafood allergy your baby has. Common seafood allergies include:
- Shellfish: shrimp, lobster, prawns, crabs, etc.
- Mollusks: clams, oysters, mussels, octopus, etc.
- Fish: salmon, tuna, cod, trout, etc.
Understand the Risks
Seafood allergies can induce a wide range of reactions, from mild (itchy skin or a rash) to severe (anaphylaxis). It is important to educate yourself on the risks associated with your baby’s allergy in order to properly identify and respond to a possible allergic reaction.
In order to prevent exposure to the allergen, make sure you read food labels carefully and always ask when eating out. Even trace amounts of seafood can cause a reaction, so it is best to be extra vigilant.
Know How to Manage a Reaction
If your baby does have a reaction to the seafood, the most important thing to do is remain calm and act quickly. Depending on the severity of the reaction, you may need to administer an epinephrine injection and call 911.
Seek Support & Accommodations
Caring for a baby with an allergy can be overwhelming, so it is important to seek support from friends and family. Your healthcare provider can also provide helpful resources and advice on how to best care for your baby. In addition, you can reach out to your baby’s school and daycare centers to make sure they are aware of your baby’s allergy and accommodations are in place.
Caring for a baby with a seafood allergy can be difficult, but with the right tools and help, it can be done. Keeping your baby safe and healthy always comes first.