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.
- Breastfeeding for a minimum of 6 months
- Mothers should avoid peanuts when breastfeeding if peanut allergy has effected their family. This would most effect families with a history of peanut allergy in one or both parents or close family members.
- If there is a strong history of allergy in the family, allergenic foods should be delayed until the child is at least 3-years-old.
August 2, 2005