Milk and nuts okay for baby?
Cow's milk, nuts or other solid foods linked to allergies does not appear to cause wheezing or eczema.
By Frederik Joelving
For years, doctors have recommended that parents wait a few years before they give babies such foods, but newer research has failed to find evidence that doing so staves off allergies.
Article originally in Reuters
"There does not seem to be a need to avoid solid foods, or allergenic foods, in young children who are otherwise well," said Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, an expert in childhood allergies.
In 2008, he helped write a report for the American Academy of Paediatrics that backtracked on the group's earlier recommendations to hold back on peanuts and other foods linked to asthma and other allergic diseases.
More than seven percent of adult Americans, and even more kids, have asthma, causing millions of visits to emergency rooms and doctors' offices every year.
The Dutch study, by Ilse Tromp, tracked eczema and asthma symptoms among nearly 7,000 infants until the children were four years old.
At age two, 31% of the toddlers wheezed according to their parents, although this number dropped by half over the next year. Eczema was present in 38% of two-year-olds, falling to 18% at age four.
Initially, it appeared that kids whose parents had given them nuts before they were six months old had more wheezing. But after considering smoking among the mothers and other risk factors for asthma, there was no longer any sign that nuts were linked to allergic problems.
"If your child is doing OK, you don't have to worry about giving them milk or eggs or whatever when they are young," said Sicherer.
But if the child shows signs of an allergic reaction such as breaking out in hives, vomiting, or have trouble breathing parents should talk to a doctor, he added.
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