Strawberries are fruit containing carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, and are a good source of vitamin C. Strawberries are one of the fruits that, along with healthy elements, contain histamine. This means they pose a great risk of allergic reaction. It is considered that the intensity of the allergic reaction depends on the amount of histamine contained. The more the fruit ripens, the more histamine it contains and the risk of allergic reaction increases.
The opinions on when to introduce the strawberry to the baby vary. Some claim this should happen once the child becomes 1 year old. Others – the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) – state that the fruit can be offered right from the start of the complementary feeding (once the baby is 6 months old), so the body can build a tolerance to foods that may cause allergic reactions. An exception are kids that are genetically predisposed (have family history) to food allergies, have eczemas, often suffer from respiratory infections, etc. It is recommended to begin with ¼ to ½ of a strawberry a day. We recommend you to offer strawberries of bio quality to avoid fruits contaminated with pesticides. This fruit is seasonal and can be frozen for consumption during the whole year. To preserve the vitamins, it is important to freeze the strawberries whole (not cut into pieces or pureed).
Strawberries contain acids which when in contact with the skin may cause rash, most commonly around the mouth. However, this rash is not considered an allergic reaction.