The latest medical news for people with allergies and food sensitivities
Introducing babies to a wider range of foods in the first year of life might guard against asthma and food allergy. A European study, which followed children from birth to age six, showed babies exposed to fewer than four common foods in the first year had three times the risk for asthma and four times the risk for food allergy compared with tots introduced to six or more common foods. New guidelines by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommend earlier introduction (ages 4 to 6 months) of all foods. The study was published in April in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.