I started feeding E solids when she was about 4 1/2 months old. We started with a pureed banana and she took to it immediately. Since I tend to get excited quite easily, I went a little cray with the solids after that. In the past month and a half, E has had:
- Sweet potato
- Green beans
- Rice cereal
- Peaches (hated them)
- Peas (hated them more)
- Prunes (hated them more than anything on planet earth)
In the middle of introducing all of these foods, we learned about E’s allergies to peanuts, milk, and eggs. It goes without saying then that we stayed away from giving her anything but fruits, veggies, and grains for the time being.
But recently, E endured three days of awful tummy troubles. She grunted nonstop, she squirmed and fussed constantly, and she had quadruple the number of her usual dirty diapers, and without going into detail, they didn’t look quite normal.
B suggested that for a baby with multiple food allergies, I’ve probably been introducing new foods too quickly. I think he’s right. So we’ve taken a three-day break from solid foods and we’ll start up again today, but we’ll do one food at a time for several days before moving on to the next. This way we’ll be able to tell how E’s body handles it in larger quantities, and we’ll know what’s safe and what we should avoid.
It’s intimidating to have a baby with food allergies. It gives me anxiety to wonder if this new food she’s never eaten is going to make her break out in a rash or if it will upset her digestive system. But that’s why we’ve taken a big step back and will take baby steps going forward.