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Is my baby allergic to my diet?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: Probably not. There are a lot of myths about diet, but it is truly unusual for babies to have an allergic reaction to anything in mom's diet. With the possible, single exception of cow's milk, no other item in mom's diet has been conclusively shown to trigger a reaction in babies (and even cow's milk would be rare.).
Dr. Annie Emmick
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: Nursing babies may rarely have allergies to mom's diet, most often seen as a rash over the chest, back, arms and legs. Eggs, dairy, and nuts are the most common causes. If you suspect an allergy, eliminate the foods one at a time to see if the symptoms resolve. An allergy specialist may also be able to help diagnose this through skin testing, which is more accurate than allergy panel blood tests.

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