Common doctor recommendations may go against new findings regarding nut and egg allergies in infants. New research has come out suggesting that early introduction to nuts and eggs may reduce the incidences of allergies in babies and children as they get older. These new findings are still not widely supported by doctors and many still do not encourage the introduction of eggs and nuts to babies younger than 2 or 3 years old.
Studies found that introducing nuts and eggs as early as 4 months old actually reduced the incidences of allergy later on, compared to babies who were introduced at a later age. Just a spoonful of eggs between the ages of 4 and 6 months led to a 46 percent reduction in allergies, as opposed to waiting later.
The findings regarding nuts revealed even more startling results. Babies introduced to peanuts between the ages of 4 and 11 months had a 71 percent reduction in the incidences of allergic reactions.
Research from these findings suggests that perhaps nuts and eggs should be among the first solid foods introduced to babies as a way of preventing these allergies. However, most doctors are still not encouraging the early introduction of these foods. Infant feeding advice may need to be altered to reflect these findings.
Complementing Research and Findings
In fact, many foods were found not to impact the development of autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes. Even though the introduction of foods like nuts and eggs may not eliminate allergies, they may not necessarily cause them either.
The average breastfeeding schedule American women are at least 6 months. Solid foods are generally introduced at just 4 months. It may be a good idea to introduce nuts and eggs in the first of the solid foods a baby tries. Most babies do not develop food allergies, and as a result, research doesn’t suggest exercising extreme caution when introducing these foods.
Furthermore, research also supports the theory that early introduction to eggs and nuts can possibly develop tolerance to these foods in young children and babies. The development of stronger tolerance may help children to tolerate other foods better as well, in addition to reducing the possibility of allergies to nuts and eggs later in life.
If nothing more, research is suggesting that the sensitivity to certain foods as possible causes for the development of allergies may not be a serious concern for most babies and children. Research, however, fails to suggest just how much of these foods babies should receive at any given age. For most children, consulting a doctor before the introduction of these foods is still a good idea. Although research is revealing these foods to be not as harmful as once believed, caution should still be exercised.
Nuts and eggs for babies were once believed not to be recommended according to prior medical beliefs. However, new research is suggesting otherwise. Although introducing these foods under the age of 2 or 3 is still not widely supported by most doctors, research may continue to develop evidence that these foods are acceptable as first foods and perhaps should be among the first foods introduced to infants. Research is even supportive of the introduction of these foods possibly helping to produce a greater tolerance to these types of foods.