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Food allergies may be on the rise because babies start solids too late

Giving babies potentially allergenic foods early on may reduce the risk of allergies – but many parents don’t as that conflicts with advice to breastfeed until six months



Health



22 January 2020

Mother feeding baby

Parents are advised not to give solid food to babies until they reach a certain age

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WHEN you have a child with food allergies, the fear of a severe reaction is always there, says Emma Amoscato. “It’s not just mealtimes, it’s going to nursery, family events, soft play. It’s not something you can ever take a day off from.”

She is frustrated that some children, such as hers, could perhaps have avoided developing their allergies at all. A growing body of evidence, including findings that emerged last month, suggests that the earlier babies eat foods like peanuts …

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