In 2017, based on findings from pivotal research studies like LEAP and EAT, guidelines on allergen feeding shifted from avoidance to recommending early introduction, largely focused on peanut alone.
As emerging data has continued to demonstrate the potential benefits of early, diverse, and consistent exposure to multiple allergens – updated guidance from both the USDA and the North American allergy societies (AAAAI, ACAAI, and CSACI*) has been published. These guidelines recommend early introduction followed by routine feeding of all common food allergens.
Early allergen introduction followed by regular feeding of common allergens in infancy and toddlerhood is currently the most effective strategy to help prevent a food allergy from developing. It is important for families to understand that the benefits of early allergen exposure outweigh potential risks. Parents need to know data proves that allergen avoidance in infancy can be detrimental and can increase a child’s risk.
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*AAAAI: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; ACAAI: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; CSACI: Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.