From what age can I start giving my baby common food allergens? By Mirna El Sabbagh, Adult and Child Nutritionist in Dubai

 

From what age can I start giving my baby eggs, fish, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, soy beans?

PAST SOLID RECOMMENDATIONS

Doctors used to recommend for babies to wait until 1 year or some cases 2 years or even 3 years. The new recommendations for the past few years have changed.

What is the new recommendation for giving allergens to babies?

The NHS (UK), American Academy of Pediatrics (USA), World Health Organization, and Australian associations including the official allergy associations such as AAAI, ALL recommend starting with the allergens before 12 months. They state they can be introduced just like other foods in small amounts. 

Several agencies also mention that delaying introduction of allergens makes allergies worse - not better.

IMPORTANT NOTE

THIS does not apply to kids who have allergies or history of allergies in the family. 

Do not do anything your pediatrician is not comfortable with.

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