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Should I serve my baby solid foods that children are more likely to be allergic to?

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There are several foods that babies and children are more likely to be allergic to, such as peanuts, eggs, and shellfish.

New research shows that parents can serve eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (in butter form), wheat, shellfish, and other foods that are common allergens to babies as young as 4 to 6 months old.

If someone in your family has a food allergy, check in with your doctor to discuss questions and concerns when it comes to introducing allergenic foods to your baby.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, pediatrician; co-author, . Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Bite-sized milestones: Signs of solid food readiness,” “Switching to solid foods,” “Why formula instead of cow's milk?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Preventing allergies: What you should know about your baby's nutrition.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

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