I have been advising earlier introduction of solids for quite a while now, and I have been vindicated.
Something had to change. I have been coming across many babies with cows milk protein allergy, egg allergy and wheat allergy as well as others. Ten to fifteen years ago, I hardly saw any food allergies or intolerances. When I arrived in Australia 10 years ago we changed the introduction to solids guidelines to 6 months of age and I saw the incidence of eczema escalate rapidly. In the UK we had been introducing solid food at 3-4 months and I saw a much lower prevalence of eczema. It was pretty obvious to me even then. Those of you who know me will recall me telling you this.
All these babies have food allergy and they are just a small selection of the babies I have come across with this potentially life threatening health issue.
Hallelujah! Common sense and medical research has prevailed.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has reviewed its' stance on introduction to solids to babies and will soon be publishing new revised guidelines.
You may remember my blog in March 2012 and my dismay of how many food allergies I am coming across in very young babies.
I have advised my sister, Lesley on introducing solids to Miss Freya at 4 months and we gave her egg as one of her first foods. I am so glad that we did this. Neither of Miss Freya's parents have any atopic disease and I wanted to ensure that Freya never did. As many of you know I live with the trifecta - asthma, eczema and hay fever and I wanted to reduce Miss Freya's risk of food allergy. If we give egg before 6 months to babies, where there is no atopic disease to either parent, we can reduce egg allergy by 5 fold. Now that is HUGE.
It can't come soon enough. This is about health outcomes and a healthy population. Something we all want for our children...
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