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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Jul;54(8):745-51. doi: 10.1177/0009922815584927. Epub 2015 May 14.

The Timing of Infant Food Introduction in Families With a History of Atopy.

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1
University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.
2
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA.
3
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, USA.
4
Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, USA.
5
University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA michael.cabana@ucsf.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the timing of introduction and type of food introduced to infants with a family history of atopy.

METHODS:

We conducted a secondary analysis of foods introduced each month to an interventional birth cohort of 149 infants at risk for atopy.

RESULTS:

Seven percent of infants received solid food prior to 4 months of age; 13% after 6 months of age. Hyperallergenic foods were introduced on average in the following order: wheat (8.7 months); eggs (11.2 months); soy (13.0 months); fish (13.4 months); peanut (20.2 months); tree nuts (21.8 months); and other seafood (21.8 months). Asian race (odds ratio 3.94; 95% CI 1.14-13.58) and maternal history of food allergy (odds ratio 3.86; 95% CI 1.29-11.56) were associated with late food introduction.

CONCLUSION:

Variation in timing of food introduction may reflect cultural preferences and/or previous experience with food allergy, as well as the ambiguous state of current recommendations.

KEYWORDS:

Allergy; Allergy Prevention; Cultural background; Nutrition; Parenting

PMID:
25976525
DOI:
10.1177/0009922815584927
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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