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Fast facts for introducing solid food for allergy prevention in babies:

  • Start to introduce solid foods around 6 months (not before 4 months) and when your baby is ready. If possible, continue to breastfeed your baby while you are introducing solid foods.
  • When introducing solid foods to your baby, include common allergy causing foods by 12 months in an age appropriate form, such as well cooked egg and smooth peanut butter/paste. These foods may include egg, peanut, cow’s milk (dairy), tree nuts, soy, sesame, wheat, fish and other seafood. Studies show that this may reduce the chance of developing food allergies in babies with severe eczema or egg allergy.
  • Once introduced, continue to give these foods to your baby regularly (twice weekly) as part of a varied diet, to maintain tolerance. Trying a food and then not giving it regularly may result in food allergy development.
  • It is important to note that some babies may still develop a food allergy despite following this advice. If your baby has an allergic reaction, stop giving that food and seek medical advice.

Information from the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy for more information check their website www.allergy.org.au