Shifting Advice on Early Introduction
In the U.S., 1 in 13 children have food allergy. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention report that between 1997 and 2011, the prevalence of food allergy in U.S. children increased by 50 percent. During that time, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents delay the introduction of top food allergens to children at high risk for food allergy. Unfortunately, delayed introduction was not well-grounded in scientific evidence. We now know that the early introduction of a wide variety of foods is recommended, and may help lower the risk of developing food allergies. Consult with your pediatrician or allergist to learn more about early allergen introduction.