Updated: May 1, 2020
MYTH TWO: “When introducing solids avoid foods that might cause an allergy- like eggs peanuts, strawberries, and seafood.”
The research is pretty solid on this topic. The American Academy of Allergy, Immunology, & Asthma has presented strong evidence that avoiding highly allergenic foods early on does not prevent allergies, and has actually been found to be UNHELPFUL, leading to HIGHER INSTANCES OF ALLERGIES.
The LEAP trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that infants who were at high risk for developing peanut allergy who ATE peanuts actually REDUCED their risk of developing peanut allergy.
Offer foods YOU eat, including foods like Eggs Peanut butter Strawberries
Try things like:
-Cheesy spinach omelets
-Soft boiled eggs
-Peanut or almond butter on crusty bread
-Shrimp in a peanut sauce
-Grilled salmon with a yogurt dill sauce
Remember to introduce those foods early and often. If your baby does show signs of a food allergy, take a deep breathe and contact your baby’s doctor for advice and additional support. Working with an allergist can be helpful in these situations.
Feeding therapists looking for more on this topic? We find the work of Dr. Kari Nadeau of Stanford quite interesting.