Food Allergy Prevention in Infants

Paediatric medical professionals in the US and abroad have published recommendations for the prevention of food allergy in infants.

Both groups recommend exclusive breastfeeding for at least 4 to 6 months; avoidance of soy formula; use of hypoallergenic formula for infants at high-risk of allergy for bottle-feeding and supplementation of breastfeeding; and delayed introduction of solids until the 5th or 6th month. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) further recommends that introduction of common allergens, such as cow's milk, eggs, peanuts or nuts and fish be delayed until 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months respectively.

Dr. Peter Vadas, from Toronto, Ontario, points out the current allergy recommendations for Canada, which include:
Additional studies indicate that exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy has also been linked to allergy development in infants.

August 2, 2005
Source: WellnessOptions

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