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Food Allergies in Babies: What Every Parent Needs To Know

Food Allergies in Babies: What Every Parent Needs To Know

Here are the top eight food allergies in babies to watch out for, plus how to spot allergies in babies and how to prevent food allergies in the first place.

 

New Research Regarding Food Allergies in Babies

Well, it’s not just your imagination that it seems like more kids have food allergies these days. Researchers found these avoidance diets were actually increasing the incidences of food allergies in babies, peanut allergies in particular.

There have been three landmark studies in particular that not only offer hope, but have also prompted this huge change in the recommendations surrounding food allergies.

What the most recent research says about food allergies in babies

  1. This study showed that introducing peanuts/nut butter to at-risk babies before the age of 11 months dramatically reduces the risk of developing a peanut allergy up to 80 percent.
  2. Another study found that early introduction in addition to extended breastfeeding reduced the risk of developing an allergy.
  3. Researchers also found that early introduction to hen’s eggs reduced allergies by 79 percent.

The New Guidelines Surrounding Food Allergies in Babies

As a result of this, there’s a whole new philosophy when it comes to food allergies in babies. The FDA, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all updated their guidelines to support the science behind early and sustained allergen introduction.

  • FDA: Recommends introducing highly allergenic food, such as peanuts, between 4 and 10 months.
  • NIH: Suggests that babies between the age of 4 and 6 months should have an “age-appropriate” peanut source. (Read on to learn more about age-appropriate peanut sources.)
  • AAP: Recommends introducing peanuts to high-risk infants by the age of 4 to 6 months. (High-risk infants have egg allergies and/or severe eczema.)

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