What is a Wheat Allergy?
A wheat allergy is an allergic reaction to wheat or any of its components, such as gluten. Symptoms of a wheat allergy can include skin rashes, hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and wheezing.
Caring for a Baby with a Wheat Allergy
Caring for a baby with a wheat allergy can be challenging but with careful planning and preparation, it can be manageable. Here are some tips to help you care for your baby with a wheat allergy.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Reaction
It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a wheat allergy reaction. These can include:
- Skin rash
- Swelling of the face, tongue, or mouth
If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Read Food Labels Carefully
When shopping for food for your baby, it’s important to read all food labels carefully. Look for wheat, wheat gluten, and other ingredients that may contain wheat. Some of these ingredients include hydrolyzed wheat protein and wheat starch. Always be sure to check for these ingredients if you are not sure.
It’s important to be prepared in case of a wheat allergy reaction. Learn how to use an epinephrine auto-injector (if prescribed by a doctor) and have it with you at all times. Also, have a good understanding of the symptoms and be prepared to seek medical treatment if necessary.
Give Your Baby a Healthy Diet
Your baby will need a healthy and balanced diet. There are many wheat-free options available for babies. Some examples include rice, potatoes, corn, quinoa, oats, beans, lentils and other grains that do not contain wheat. Talk to your baby’s doctor to ensure that your baby is getting the proper nutrition.
Caring for a baby with a wheat allergy can be challenging, but with careful planning and preparation, it can be managed. By being aware of the signs and symptoms of a reaction, reading food labels carefully, and giving your baby a healthy and balanced diet, you can help ensure that your baby stays safe and healthy.