Late introduction of
solid foods may increase the risk of allergic sensitization to food
and inhalant allergens. In the study, “Age at the Introduction of Solid Foods During the First Year and Allergic Sensitization at Age 5 Years,” published in the January issue of Pediatrics (appearing online
December 7), researchers examined the diets and allergic
sensitivities of 994 children with susceptibility to type 1 diabetes.
Results indicate that late introduction of solid foods was associated
with increased allergic sensitization to food and inhalant allergens.
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. Study
authors conclude that neither extended, exclusive breastfeeding, nor
delaying the introduction of solid foods, may prevent allergic
diseases in children.
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