Introducing solid foods: the scoop on allergies

In the January 2010 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce that late introduction of solid foods may increase the risk of allergic sensitization to foods and allergens that are inhaled.

Introducing rice cereal at five months

Researchers examined the diets and allergic sensitivities of 994 children with susceptibility to type 1 diabetes.  The results indicated that late introduction of solid foods was associated with increased allergies to some foods as well as allergy to inhalants, such as pollen.

Eggs, wheat and oats were most commonly related to food sensitization, while potatoes and fish were strongly associated with inhalant sensitization.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the introduction of solid foods between the ages of 4 and 6 months.

Extended, exclusive breastfeeding, nor delaying the introduction of solid foods, are likely to prevent allergic diseases in children, according to the study.

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