The latest recommendations from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology should make life a little bit easier for pregnant mothers and parents of infants and toddlers—and every little bit helps!
It is no longer recommended that expectant mothers avoid highly allergenic foods (such as dairy, soy, wheat, eggs, nuts and seafood) during pregnancy OR during breastfeeding. If mothers choose to avoid foods during these times, it is important to seek dietary counseling to ensure adequate nutrition.
Overall, we’re discovering that early introduction of allergenic foods may help PREVENT FOOD ALERGY! Not only is this great news in terms of reducing rates of food allergy, but this also allows new parents more freedom in growing their child’s diet–fewer rules and restrictions, in a sense.
As such, the latest recommendations suggest that there is no need to delay introduction of allergenic foods to infants and toddlers. As early as 4-6 months of age, infants can begin gradually trying table foods, and these can include foods such as eggs, dairy, and peanut products. In order to do this safely, though, we first recommend a discussion with your Pediatrician or Allergist. In addition, if your child has eczema, has food allergies, or if allergies run in the family, it is critical to first be evaluated by an Allergy/Immunology specialist.
Call us at 512-610-3110 today for an appointment to discuss these new findings and how to safely incorporate them into you and your family’s lives!