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New Guidelines To Decrease Food Allergies

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by Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – New guidelines have been announced in an attempt to decrease food allergies in children.

Allergists have now said exposing children to allergenic foods may decrease the risk of food allergies later in life. Food allergies among children have been on the rise in recent years.

"It's very clear that what's been going on for the last 15 years with the significant increase in food allergies is a big problem," said Dr. Megan Stauffer, an allergist with the Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center.

Dr. Stauffer agreed with the new recommendations of introducing high allergenic foods like peanuts, fish, milk and wheat as early as 4 to 6 months of age instead of waiting, as previously advised, until a child is between one and three.

"When you are comparing other countries, where they're introducing peanuts very young, they're incident of peanut allergies is significantly lower than it is in the U.S.," added Dr. Stauffer.

The new guidelines suggested that by training the immune system early, a child's body can learn to adjust.

Dr. Stauffer said if your child is at low risk for allergies, you can start introducing things like rice cereal at about 4 to 6 months.


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