Whether you are following baby led weaning or starting with purees, introducing foods to your infant’s diet can be an incredibly entertaining and challenging time. I still remember how thrilled I was to discover the sleeved shirt bib. But this can also be an anxious and even scary milestone for families with a history of food allergies or a child with an allergy already identified.
In earlier posts, I’ve shared information about our journey with food allergies, which we discovered, mostly, over a period of a year. Sometimes the allergy would present quickly and be easy to identify, but others, like his cinnamon allergy, only appeared after he’d been eating oatmeal with cinnamon daily for over a month. This one was more difficult to identify since we’d assumed we were in the clear and moved on to other new foods. We had to go back and eliminate foods one at a time, trying to remember which were the last ones we’d introduced or if there was the possibility that he’d eaten something contaminated by one of his known allergens.
Once allergies are in the picture, keeping track of new foods and food combinations, symptoms, and medical information can become a lot to juggle, let alone having to communicate this info to other care givers. It becomes even more difficult to keep track of when you have multiple babysitters and alternate caregivers that you rely on. It takes a village to raise a child, after all.
So I was really intrigued when I was contacted on behalf of Nutricia North America, the makers of allergy-safe formula Neocate, to take a look at their new app – Neocate Footsteps. The app gives parents a tool to support them as they navigate food introductions and help take some of the guess work out of identifying food allergies and sensitivities….