The new guidance for food introduction to babies is to start feeding them foods as young as 4 months old. The new guidance stems from the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study that was published in The New England Journal of Medicine in February 2015. Rather than avoid highly allergenic foods during the first few years of a child’s life, it is important to introduce it as early as possible for the child’s body to recognize it as a food, and not an allergen.
At Freedom Allergy, we specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of pediatric food allergies. Every child is unique, and we treat each patient as an individual.
We encourage you to schedule an appointment with us if:
- if you are pregnant, and want to receive guidance on ways to possibly prevent a food allergy from developing in your unborn child
- you are unsure how to introduce foods to an infant in the same household of a sibling with food allergies
- there is a concern that your child may be allergic to a food,
- your child is allergic to a food, and you are interested in oral immunotherapy (OIT), a food desensitization treatment that will allow your child protection from accidental ingestion or cross contamination of his/her allergen
We will review you and your child’s overall health history, family genetic risk factors, and perform and evaluate skin and blood tests, if necessary. We will then come up with a plan to help your family navigate through the prevention or management of food allergies.