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Food Allergies: Babies at High Risk


If there’s a history of food allergies in your family, chances are your baby may have those allergies as well. Here are some tips to help prevent or delay food allergy symptoms in babies. First, if possible, breastfeed your baby for at least six months. A year of breastfeeding is strongly recommended by experts. If you aren’t breastfeeding, talk with your pediatrician about special, low-allergy formulas - those without cow’s milk or soy protein. If you are breastfeeding, cut back on eggs and milk in your diet. These foods can trigger allergies. Wait to introduce solid food to your baby until he’s four to six months old. And hold off giving cow’s milk until he’s one year old. Your pediatrician can help with more tips for preventing food allergies in children. 


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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