Introduction of Solids Linked to Food Allergies in Infants

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A study reported in the November 18, 2013 issue of Pediatrics found that infants who were diagnosed with a food allergy by the time they were 2 years old were introduced to solids earlier (at 16 weeks of age or sooner) and were also less likely to be fed breast milk at the time cow’s milk protein was first introduced into their diet.

Study authors concluded that the findings support the American Academy of Pediatrics’  current allergy prevention recommendations, as well as that of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition’s recommendation to not introduce solids before 4 to 6 months of age.

Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.

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