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New high-allergy food guidelines

Posted Apr 15 2009 11:34pm

As we’ve discussed previously on our blog,researchers have found some evidence that EARLIER introduction to high-allergy foods (like peanut products) may actually REDUCE the risk of having a food allergy. This is the exact opposite of what has been accepted wisdom for many years!

Based on this, the American Academy of Pediatrics Nutrition Committee has changed their recommendations. They now say that infants over six months of age can try a variety of foods such as seafood, shellfish, eggs, peanut products, and nut products.

Wow—that is a major change. We do suggest you discuss this with your baby’s doc as she may have her own opinions and suggestions based on your child and family’s health history. And, remember to only offer one new food every few days so you can identify which food is a problem, if there is one.

Note: Honey is still taboo until after one year of age. It’s the botulism risk, not a food allergy that makes it off limits.

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