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7 Things New Parents Should Know About African-American Babies

For new African-American parents, there are issues that are unique to or more common in Black babies. So in addition to questions like, “Why won’t my baby stop crying?” and “How often should I feed my baby?” you need to know some other stuff about your new bundle of joy. These tips come courtesy of


Food allergies

African American children are particularly likely to have food allergies. In fact, Black babies may be three times more likely than non-Black babies to have allergies, according to one study, though researchers aren’t sure why. They suspect there may be a connection to the high prevalence of eczema and asthma in Black children. Ninety percent of allergies in the United States are caused by eggs, milk, peanuts (and other nuts), wheat, soy, fish (such as tuna and salmon), and shellfish (like lobster, shrimp, and crab). For infants, the most common culprits are cow’s milk and soy protein in formula, according to

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4 thoughts on “7 Things New Parents Should Know About African-American Babies

  1. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    Why do we always do things (or not do things) to the detriment of our well-being??? Wake up black people and start taking care of you and yours!

  2. Devin L. Rene says:

    This is false… black children don't have more cases of SIDS, ear infections, and whatnot… what they won't tell you is DESPITE being breastfed OTHER groups are still having issues with being sick. We persevere whether breastfed or not… our babies would certainly do better if breastfed, but black babies are not higher in the categories mentioned (especially SIDS) than other race groups. Where the heck did they get this erroneous information?

  3. I agree, any little thing, we run to white man to fix our problem when we know for sure they want us dead. That's just another way to further their agenda. I will suggest Google Doctor Bombay in NY for natural supplements especially for black people. He uses Ayurveda medicine from India and the prices are very reasonable. Let's start from there do our thing separate from them.

  4. Denea Marcel says:

    I'd like to know who the test subjects are. It is almost like Nielson ratings…not at all accurate.

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