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Pediatric Allergy Prevention Recommendations

by in Allergies, Pediatrics January 10, 2008

PhotobucketBreastfeeding:
• Exclusively for at least 4 – 6 months, then weaning may begin
• Would be best if breastfeeding accompanied weaning diet through 12 months
Formula:
• Partially or extensively hydrolyzed are recommended
Weaning:
• Begin non-allergenic foods at 4 – 6 months
• Most vegetables and fruit (no citrus)
• Iron-fortified hydrolyzed rice cereal
• Introduce new food singly and observe for allergic reactions
Allergenic foods:
• Introduce biweekly at 12 months
• Cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, corn, citrus and fish
Lactating mom’s diet:
• If infant has allergic symptoms and the above precautions have been taken, remove allergens from mother’s diet and monitor infant’s symptoms
• Environmental allergy precautions should be taken

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