How to Prevent Food Allergies in Infants

Science Daily is reporting a new study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal that supports introducing common allergenic foods into children’s diets as early as 4 to 6 months of age.Baby_eating_baby_food

Drs. Elissa Abrams and Allan Becker, Department of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba say, “once highly allergenic foods are introduced, regular exposure is important for maintenance of tolerance — children should eat these foods on a regular basis.”

The article cites a study called LEAP, Learning Early About Peanut, that found that early introduction of the peanut reduced the risk of food allergy by as much as 80% in high risk infants. “It has been well documented that avoidance of allergenic foods is not preventive of food allergy,” write the authors. “In the newly released LEAP study, there is strong evidence that early introduction of peanut is in fact preventive.” That’s great news for moms who love PB&J!

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