In 2021, the North American Allergy Societies (AAAAI, ACAAI, and CSACI*) released a consensus document based on recently published data indicating, "the strong potential of strategies to prevent the development of food allergy."
In addition to providing recommendations covering risk assessment, introduction and regular feeding of the top 9 allergens, as well as maternal diet considerations, the consensus document highlights the important role primary care providers can play in helping families navigate the dramatic shift from avoidance of food allergens to active, early allergen introduction and routine feeding. They recommend that Pediatricians, “implement talking points surrounding early allergen introduction into all well-child visits, beginning at birth and repeated at age 2, 4, 6, and 9 months."
Download the North American Allergy Society Consensus Recommendation Summary for additional clinical recommendations and tips for implementing talking points into your patient discussions. You can also sign up for our V.I.Ped eNewsletter to stay up to date on data and guidance as it continues to evolve in this rapidly changing space.
*AAAAI: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; ACAAI: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; CSACI: Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Fleischer DM, Chan ES, Venter C, et al. A Consensus Approach to the Primary Prevention of Food Allergy Through Nutrition: Guidance from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the Canadian Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021;9(1):22-43.e4. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2020.11.002