Reduce Food Allergies By Introducing Foods Earlier

Food AllergiesThe link at the bottom of the page provides the inaugural issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.  


This  provides recommendations on when to introduce foods as it relates to the prevention of allergies and provides the references to back up those 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 your child is a year old for eggs, or to wait until they are 3 years old for peanuts or other nut butters, fish, etc.  While the article is not specific about when these can be introduced, it would seem that this could be considered anytime after 4-6 months.  The best foods to start with at 4-6 months of age 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 earlier.



Dr. Paul

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