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  • Waiting Three to Five Days Between Introducing New Foods

    Waiting Three to Five Days Between Introducing New Foods

    When you started introducing solid foods to your baby, did you follow the “wait X number of days between each new food” rule? Most sources that I have found online recommend waiting three to five days before introducing new foods. When my daughter was an infant, my nurse practitioner mentioned waiting three days between new […] More

  • Reasons for Delaying Feeding Babies Solid Foods: The Open Gut

    Reasons for Delaying Feeding Babies Solid Foods: The Open Gut

    At what age should a parent or other caregiver introduce solid foods to a baby? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), human infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Complimentary food should not be introduced until after six months. Breastfeeding should then continue for two years or beyond. Parents […] More

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    Infant Gut Bacteria Linked to Food Sensitization

    As research continues to reveal the protective benefits of the gut microbiota, a recent study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy suggests that changes to the mix of gut bacteria of young babies may offer a way to predict the future development of food allergies or asthma. For the study, researchers from the […] More

  • Gut Bacteria and Food Allergies

    Gut Bacteria and Antibiotic Overuse May Play Role in Food Allergies

    As more and more research unveils the protective benefits of the gut microbiota, a new study as published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, provides protection against food allergies. A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by a specific food. Common […] More

  • Kids in Nigeria

    Food Allergies Have Doubled Among Black Children

    Food allergies have increased in the United States alone in recent years, and treating food allergies in children costs nearly $25 billion annually. Now a new study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that self-reported food allergies have nearly doubled over the past 23 years among black children. A food […] More

  • Some Salted Peanuts

    Peanut Exposure Builds Immunity in Allergic Children

    With a warning not to try exposure therapy at home, researchers conducting a study on children with peanut allergies (STOP II trial) discovered that exposing allergic individuals to larger and larger amounts of peanuts over time could build up a tolerance to the nut. The results of the oral immunotherapy (OIT) study were published in […] More

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    Eating Peanuts During Pregnancy Lowers Allergy Risk for Child

    Despite previous recommendations that pregnant women avoid peanuts to reduce the risk of allergies and asthma in their children, new research from the Dana-Farber Children’s Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusetts suggests that women who are not allergic to nuts or legumes and who eat peanuts during pregnancy lower the risk of their child developing a […] More

  • Tuna Salad

    When Babies Eat Fish Linked to Asthma Risk

    Following one commonly cited piece of advice on solid foods, many parents opt to avoid introducing their children to high allergy foods until after age one or even age two. High allergy foods include eggs, nuts and peanuts, milk, soy, strawberries, wheat, and fish and other seafood. However, recent research suggests that not introducing babies […] More

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    Does Breastfeeding Cause Nut Allergies?

    Does exclusive breastfeeding cause food allergies to nuts? According to a recent study from the Australian National University, yes, babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life are at an increased risk of developing a nut allergy. The study discovered that the likelihood of developing a nut allergy was 1.5 times […] More

  • Baby Eating Bread

    A Baby-Led Approach to Introducing Solid Food

    As my daughter approaches her four-month birthday, I have been hearing more and more about starting her on solid foods. Whether it is from well-meaning women my mother’s age telling me a little bit of rice cereal in her bottle will help my daughter sleep through the night or my mom friends enthusiastically asking when […] More