Feeding Peanut, Egg to Babies Early Lowers Food Allergy Risk, Review Finds

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Food allergies are triggered when the body’s immune system mounts an attack on harmless proteins in specific foods. Peanuts, cow’s milk, wheat, fish and soy may cause symptoms such as eczema, itchy mouth, hives, vomiting and nausea.Key takeaways:

  • Early childhood exposure to allergenic foods has been found to reduce the risk of developing allergy.
  • By introducing eggs to the diet of infants between 4-6 months of age, a parent can reduce the risk of egg allergy by as much as 40 percent.
  •    Introducing peanuts between 4-11 months of age may lower the risk of peanut allergy by 70 percent.

“We were surprised to see no effect for celiac disease, which is a different type of allergy to egg and peanut allergy,” Dr. Boyle told Medical News Today. “This suggests that early introduction of allergenic foods does not reduce risk of all types of food allergy.”

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