Sep 23, 2016 11:39 AM
A new study revealed that early introduction of eggs and peanuts may reduce a child's risk of allergy.
Researchers reviewed 146 previous studies that examined when babies were given foods that often trigger reactions, as well as their risk of food allergies or autoimmune diseases, according to Health24. They discovered that the age at which kids are introduced to a certain food can effect their reaction to it.
The study shows that they reported with "moderate certainty" that babies that were given eggs between four and six months old have a lower risk of allergy to them. Children between the ages of four and eleven months of age who were given peanuts were less likely to become allergic later in life.
The evidence was not as strong for early introduction of fish. However, researchers did find with low certainty that giving a baby fish before six to 12 months of age would reduce the risk of nasal allergies or hay fever.
"These important points should resonate with allergy specialists, primary care physicians, and other health care professionals who care for infants, as well as obstetricians caring for pregnant mothers, all of whom are important stakeholders in effectively conveying the message that guidance to delay allergen introduction is outdated," said Dr Matthew Greenhawt, an allergy specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study.
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