Food Allergies and How to Avoid Them

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

How to Avoid Common Food Allergies

Peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, wheat, shellfish and anything else you can think of! The CDC said there has been a 50% increase in children with food allergies from 1997 to 2011 and it affects nearly 2 kids in every classroom across America.

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New research coming out of the UK is saying we should allow our children to experience “high risk” foods earlier than previously believed in order to AVOID food allergies!

Introducing eggs either pureed or scrambled, hard boiled or baked into treats should be started somewhere between 4-10 months, say Dr.’s DiMaggio and Porto in their new book The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers.

“The results suggest feeding children egg between the ages of four and six months may reduce their risk of developing egg allergy.” The research team is unsure why this is, but there was a definite trend towards being allergic noticed when children were not exposed to these foods until later.

You can introduce peanut butter mixed into a smoothie or spread on crackers around 6-10 months. Keep in mind, bread and peanut butter do not respond to the Heimlich Maneuver and should be avoided until the child has demonstrated appropriate oral motor skills.

A child is at a higher risk if a family member already has a known food allergy or if they’ve already been diagnosed with an allergy to at least one food. This increases their likelihood to be allergic to a greater number of foods.

A 2015 study stated that delaying peanut introduction may increase the chance of developing a peanut allergy in children who already have known egg allergies.

The UK Food Standards Agency commissioned the study Timing of allergenic food introduction to the infant diet and risk of allergic or autoimmune disease, agrees with feeding children peanuts, between the ages of four and eleven months, to reduce risk of developing a peanut allergy.

 

 

Resources

FoodAllergy.org
Timing of allergenic food introduction to the infant diet and risk of allergic or autoimmune disease.
Randomized trial of peanut consumption in infants at risk for peanut allergy. 

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