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Babies at risk of developing food allergies can be exposed to allergens at 6 months old: Queen's University expert

2013-12-09

Queen’s University allergy expert Dr. Anne Ellis is available for comment about the joint statement from the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Immunology (CSAI) that suggests that there’s no need to delay introduction of food allergens to high risk babies.

“The joint statement echoes the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and similar UK guidance statements that there is no evidence to support the concept that delaying the introduction of common food-allergy culprits will prevent the development of food allergies,” says Dr. Ellis.

In 2000, the UK and AAP recommended delaying the introduction of foods with high-risk allergenic potential for various durations post-birth. These recommendations have since been rescinded as it became apparent that they were not helpful when it came to preventing food allergies.

“This Canadian statement builds upon the available evidence and thus provides Canadians with an expert opinion statement with co-authors from the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology which will provide Canadians and their doctors alike with a local reference to rely on.”

Dr. Ellis runs an allergy clinic at Kingston General Hospital and is Chair of the Allergy and Immunology Division at Queen’s.

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