Allergy experts reach agreement about infant feeding guidelines
25 May 2016
Paediatricians have agreed that allergenic foods should be introduced as early as 4 months, ending years of conflicting advice about a timeline.
Allergists, paediatricians and lactation experts recently reached an agreement that will now be translated into new guidelines.
Here are 5 key points:
- Solid foods should be introduced from 4-6 months;
- These should include peanut butter, cooked egg, dairy and wheat products;
- The advice applies to all babies, including those at high risk of allergy;
- It's based on research showing that early exposure may reduce the risk of eczema and food allergies; and
- Women are advised against using "hypoallergenic" hydrolysed formulas to prevent allergy because there's no consistent evidence that they have a protective effect.