Liter Side of Mommyhood

Should Young Children Eat Peanuts, Eggs and Other Allergenic Foods?
Should Young Children Eat Peanuts, Eggs and Other Allergenic Foods?

This seems counterintuitive to what I’ve learned throughout my pregnancy, but at the same time it sort of makes sense.  I mean, when you go to the allergist, they give you a series of shots that cause you to build an immunity to your allergen over time. 

New guidelines that are out amid rising rates of children’s food allergies reverses what had been the previous recommendation, now advising that the most allergenic foods, such as peanuts, eggs, milk, soy and shellfish, should be introduced to babies at ages four to six months as a way to prevent food allergies. The guidelines from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology comes as new scientific data suggests that early introduction of highly allergenic foods may reduce children’s risk for developing food allergies.

Back in 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised delaying milk until high-risk kids were one year old; eggs until they were two, and peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, and fish until they were three. But in 2008, the AAP said there was little evidence delaying allergenic foods prevents food allergies, however it didn’t offer any guidelines on when to introduce those foods.

  • Up to six million children in the U.S. have food allergies, and the rate has increased by nearly 20 percent since 1997 for unknown reasons.
  • About 90 percent of food allergies are triggered by just eight foods: milk; soy; wheat; peanuts; tree nuts; shellfish; eggs; and fish.

I suppose I just can’t imagine giving my kid shellfish so early in life… “Here honey, here’s your goldfish crackers and some shrimp.”  LOL

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 27

jacksonpepsi

A look back on some of Hollywood's biggest headlines.

in Music

Royalties won’t ‘Stay’ with Sam Smith

11-overlay5

Tom Petty "Won't Back Down" over the similarities between his 1989 hit and the Grammy-nominated "Stay With Me."

in Music

Phillip Phillips wants to be ‘free’

phillipphillips

The "American Idol" winner wants to be released from recording and merchandising deals linked to the TV talent show.

in Lifestyle

‘Autisms’ a more appropriate term, geneticists say

autism

There are so many different genetic forms of autism that using the singular term is misleading, researchers say.

in Entertainment

Emma Watson is Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

emmawatson

The former "Harry Potter" star will play the princess in a live-action version of the Disney film.