By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

A study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine is reporting that the introduction of cow's milk, hen's egg, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and gluten to children before the age of six months is not associated with increased incidence of eczema or wheezing in either infancy or later childhood.

The study, researched in the Netherlands, followed 7,000 children from infancy to age 4 to see whether introducing allergenic foods correlated with heightened rates of eczema and wheezing.  Those and other allergenic diseases are common in childhood, but the study found no increase in their occurrence among children who were presented with milk, eggs, soy, or the other allergens before age 6 months.  The findings held true even after factoring in parental history of eczema and wheezing.

What do you think about introducing solid foods to infants?  Did you delay, or do you plan to?

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