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When can I introduce allergenic foods to my baby?

One of the most common questions I get from parents starting solids is "When can I introduce allergens like eggs/peanuts/dairy/wheat to my baby?

Even for high risk babies, the recommendations are now to introduce high risk allergenic foods fairly soon after starting solids, around 6 months of age. You can read the Canadian Pediatric Society statement on that here.

I created a video to share more details about introducing allergens to babies. Watch it here:

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New Guidelines for Introducing Peanuts to Babies

The National Institute of Allergy & Infections Diseases just released some new guidelines about introducing peanuts to infants, to decrease the risk of peanut allergy. Headlines read "Introduce peanuts by 6 months of age, to prevent peanut allergy." The "by 6 months" part isn't totally what the research shows, or what the guidelines currently recommend. Watch my video below, where I break down:

  • The guidelines and what is actually new (the recommendation to start allergens around 6 months has been around since 2008).
  • The studies that support introducing allergens at 6 months, and do they support introducing allergens earlier at 4-6 months?
  • How to introduce peanuts into your baby's diet.

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