Many gastronomic joys are available to adults these days.
Sharing these overseas pleasures with a child or not?
The ability to assimilate this or that food, as well as appearance, is inherited.
And heredity is better taken into account.
The ability to extract nutrients from those or other products without damage to health is also inherited.
Asian nations, for example, actively use soy products, extracting maximum benefit from them, while Europeans are unlikely to succeed: soybeans are not a native product for them.
What are good native products?
They almost never cause a protest from an organism.
And strangers — often work as provocateurs, causing allergies.
Taking all of the above into account, pediatricians and allergists in one voice repeat: children learn better products made in the area where they themselves and their parents were born.
Products that provoke an allergic reaction in children, most often are: exotic seafood (shrimps, mussels, crabs, etc.), overseas fruits and vegetables (mango, avocado, etc.), citrus fruits and kiwi with pineapple.
Relatively safe can be considered banana, However, the high content of serotonin in this fruit, which can provoke an allergic reaction, requires that it be treated with some caution.
Overseas dishes, in addition to «improper origin», have another drawback — they are chemically treated.
In order for the tender fruits to survive the road without loss, they are treated with special chemical compounds.
These products for allergy sufferers are not just dangerous, but very dangerous — they are double provocateurs.
Therefore, it is much more reasonable to offer your child seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the regions closest to your place of residence.
It is difficult to guess in advance how your child will react to the other food. Some babies can eat citrus fruit from early childhood, while others from bananas will be covered with diathesis peel. Therefore, one should be careful, especially at the very early age, when the child is just beginning to get acquainted with the food of adults — to refuse from exotic at all until the child is at least 3-4 years old.
The formation, strengthening and development of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the immune system, occurs gradually, and allergies are easier to prevent than to cure.
Separately, it is worth mentioning about canned food, which includes fruits that are exotic for middle-town residents: peaches, apricots, etc. Little Russians and they are often “given out an allergy,” so it’s better to choose jars of fruit as simple as possible (apples, pears, currants).
In our time, there are quite a lot of international families. The question is: how to feed the child? In a mono-ethnic family, it is likely that the “genetically familiar” choice will be correct.
What mother ate during pregnancy, what her ancestors ate, then the child should be prepared.
In mixed families, you can find out who the baby went into “stomach”, only in practice.
Often outwardly similar to one parent, the baby inherits the food predisposition of the other.
In an attempt to prevent the disease, many parents make the child allergy tests in order to learn in advance what you can feed the crumbs.
We are in a hurry to disappoint you: a serum allergy screening (MAST or ELISA) will give a real result, which you can rely on when compiling a child’s menu in only one case — if you take samples to the product with which the child is well acquainted, that is, he uses it regularly.
That is why it is a waste of time to examine a baby under one and a half years.
Moreover, one should not think that an allergy test, carried out once, determines the child’s allergic status for the rest of his life.
The body grows, adapts, changing its reactions and the ability to absorb one or another food.
A classic example is lactose deficiency: after birth, the baby cannot consume milk, even breast, and the child has to be fed with soybean mixture.
And at the age of five years, serious changes occur in his body, and he can already drink milk, eat cheese and other dairy products.
If you are determined to teach a child to exotic food, starting from the first supplements, enter overseas joys gradually.
It is better and easier than doing tests and risking the health of the native kid.
For example, during the week, let’s take one new product, say, small portions of a banana, against the background of the usual food.
Carefully monitor the condition of the child — if there is no reaction, a banana suits your baby. From this point on, it becomes part of the normal diet.
Also gradually introduce other new products.
If the child has an allergy, you should immediately cancel the suspicious product and consult a doctor.
The specialist will analyze the heredity of the crumbs, given the allergic history of the mother and father, and give the necessary advice. As a rule, for 2-3 years the product will be banned.
The tactic of “teaching the body” to food rejected, constantly provoking it in small portions, does not work.
Separately, it must be said about children, whose stomach, as people say, «digests even nails.» It is great when the kid has enough strength to cope with lobster, avocado and pineapple, watered with strawberry syrup.
But it is impossible to exploit this feature of the child indefinitely.
Some parents feed their offspring to everyone in a row — Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican food are used.
And they provoke not a simple allergic reaction, but a real allergic explosion, after which it can be very difficult to bring the child’s body in order.
No matter how healthy the child’s body is, you should not overload it.
And in conclusion, I want to say the main thing: the need for exotic food is not formed at all in the body of a baby. This mom and dad want the child to get the maximum possible and impossible.
And the baby needs to get stronger, gain strength and health.
Doctors advise them to start teaching children to exotic cuisine not earlier than five years, and you should do it much later in your mind.
Consultant: Elena Mishchenko, an allergist-immunologist at the Center for Traditional Obstetrics