Everything you need to know about introducing allergenic foods

What does a food allergy look like?

A reassuring fact

For most children, food allergies disappear before the age of 7.

Which foods can cause allergic reactions?

Things to keep in mind

Milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts, and shellfish are the most common culprits of allergies in young children. It’s a good idea to be especially careful with these foods.

Introducing your baby to allergenic foods

Careful! Nuts are a choking hazard.

Nuts are too hard for babies to eat. Peanut butter and other nut butters can cause them to choke because of their sticky texture. The best way to introduce nuts is to add nut powder into a recipe or dilute a nut butter in water to make the texture less sticky.


If your baby has been prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen), it’s important that you know when and how to use it. Don’t forget to ensure that the people around you (grandparents, babysitters, etc.) know what an allergic reaction looks like and how to react if one occurs. Your baby should also wear a MedicAlert bracelet.