The three most common food allergies in babies

food allergies in babies

The three most common food allergies in babies

Up to 6 percent of children have some kind of food allergy. That might not sound like a lot, but with 12 million children in the UK, that means 720,000 are allergic to one food or another.

It can be a scary time as a parent. You might feel as if you have to keep your eye on your child at all times. There are plenty of things they might be allergic to, but here are the three most common food allergies in babies.

Cow’s milk (CMA)

A cow’s milk allergy affects up to 7% of babies under one-year-old. Though, according to the NHS, most children outgrow it by the time they’re five. This allergy usually develops when cow’s milk is first introduced into the baby’s diet. CMA symptoms include rashes, coughing, and diarrhoea, and in severe cases, it can be life-threatening.


Like CMA, children can grow out of egg allergy. Your baby may have allergic reactions to all eggs (no matter how they’re cooked) or only to raw eggs (found in cake mix and mayonnaise). Symptoms include rashes, hives, and congestion.


1 in 50 children have an allergy to peanuts. But there might be good news on the horizon – peanut allergy numbers seem to be dropping. This is based on changes to child diet guidelines and is based on research that says introducing peanuts at a young age can actually reduce the chances they develop an allergy. Though the researchers do stress that more study is needed before we can truly be sure.

Allergens can be found in the most unusual of places. Did you know traces of egg can be found in vaccines for yellow fever and the flu? This is just one of the reasons it’s so important to know if your baby has any allergies. There are a lot of struggles as a new parent; don’t let trying to figure out your baby’s allergies on your own be one of them. Talk to a doctor today about your children.

At Allergy Clinic London, we believe allergies shouldn’t interrupt your life. To get some expert advice, contact us today on 02031 433 449.

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