Reduce Food Allergies By Introducing Foods Earlier
The link below provides the inaugural issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. This journal provides recommendations on when to introduce foods as related to the prevention of allergies, and also provides the references to back up these new recommendations. It is no longer recommended that you avoid allergens like peanuts or gluten or dairy while pregnant. Exclusive great feeding for 4-6 months is advised and for those who cannot exclusively breast feed, then use of hydrolyzed formulas is best to prevent allergies. Solid foods can be added starting at 4 months and it is no longer necessary to wait until a year for eggs or to wait until 3 years for peanuts or other nut-butters, fish, etc. While they are not specific about when these can be introduced, it would seem that this could be considered anytime after 4-6 months of age. The best foods to start with at 4-6 months are still the organic fruits and vegetables. My own personal preference is to avoid gluten the entire first year of life. The highly processed nature of gluten or other modifications in our food industry, seem to have resulted in a very high and growing percentage of children with gluten-intolerance, sensitivity, or outright celiac disease. The recommendation is still to wait until age 1 for cow milk but cheese and yogurt seem to be tolerated at an earlier age.