Studies Show that Early Introduction of Foods Can Prevent Food Allergies in Infants
Dr Kent Woo President of Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology presenting at the 22nd annual congress
March 26, 2023 – (SEAPRWire) – Every day, parents of children with food allergies are faced with a lot of stress, what if my child ate something wrong and develops a severe reaction? Going to restaurants and parties which should be enjoyable can become a dangerous situation. Wouldn’t be great if food allergy can be prevented? In the past, parents were advised to wait until their infants turned one before introducing allergenic foods like peanuts and eggs. However, recent data shows that food allergies are becoming more common, even with avoidance of these foods.
Dr. Kent Woo, President of the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology, recently gave a talk on food allergy prevention at the MSAI 22nd congress. He highlighted several key studies that found introducing allergenic foods to infants between four and six months old was associated with a lower risk of developing food allergies compared to waiting until the child was one year old.
A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reviewed 23 randomized controlled trials involving over 11,000 infants found that introducing allergenic foods to babies between 4 and 6 months of age was actually linked to a lower risk of developing allergies to those foods. “We used to think that delaying the introduction of these foods was important,” Dr. Ierodiakonou the lead author said. “But now it seems like it might not be necessary, and might even increase the risk of food allergies.”
Dr. Woo pointed out that food allergies are becoming more common throughout the world, including in Malaysia. This condition can seriously affect the quality of life for both the patient and caretakers. Introducing allergenic foods in small amounts during early infant feeding can be protective, but this must be done consistently.
For busy parents who may not have the time or flexibility to consistently introduce allergenic foods, there is a first of its kind supplement in South East Asia called SEMUA (Safe and Effective Method to Utilize Allergen). This supplement can be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding and then introduced to the infant’s diet around four to six months of age. However, it is important to note that this supplement is only for food allergy prevention and is not suitable for children who already have food allergies. In such cases, proper medical consultation with an allergy and immunology specialist should be obtained.
In conclusion, delaying the introduction of allergenic foods may not be necessary and may even increase the risk of developing food allergies. Introducing these foods in small amounts during early infant feeding can be protective, and a supplement like SEMUA may be a helpful solution for busy parents.
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