Pediatrician Group Recommends Changes For Introducing Your Baby to Food Allergens

April 9, 2019

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Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under age 18. That's one in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. That has led the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to update its recommendations for introducing children to food allergens. Twenty years ago, guidelines on when to introduce common allergens to infants were that parents wait until the baby was a year old for cow’s milk, 2 years old for eggs and 3 years old for peanuts and tree nuts. In a drastic timeline change, the organization is now recommending introduction of infant-safe peanut-containing foods as early as 6 months for infants exclusively breastfed that are not at high-risk of allergies. Children with asthma or eczema are two to four times as likely to have a food allergy and introducing your baby to food allergens can make you feel uneasy, which is why you should always follow the recommendations of your pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatrics is taking a new approach on when to introduce food allergens to infants in an effort to curb the growing number of people with food allergies. Since 2000 better trails have shown delaying can potentially be harmful and early introduction can be preventative.  Again, discuss these findings with your pediatrician before making any changes to your child’s diet.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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