Australia has a lot of amazing titles to be proud of, as well as some that are more of a cause for concern.
One of these is allergies, and the fact that Australia has recently been named the food allergy capital of the world.
Recent studies have shown that a whopping one in 10 infants and two in 100 adults suffer from food allergies. Doctors believe that uncertainty may be the cause, in particular the uncertainty as to when certain foods should be introduced into a child’s diet.
Now new recommendations have been released by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to clear up parental confusion in Australia, encouraging experts overseas to do the same.
The Institute now recommends the introduction of solid food at around six months, with no solids to be given prior to four months.
They also note that allergenic foods like peanut butter, dairy, wheat and cooked eggs should be introduced in the first year of life, even for children who have a high allergen risk.
“Families are totally confused by the plethora of guidelines out there in Australia as we’ve had nine infant feeding guidelines across Australia,” Professor Katie Allen said when speaking with 7 News.
“What we’re saying is these foods are not harmful if done and given in a cautious manner and the introduction early is not only safe but it looks like it’s protective,” she said.
The guidelines were publicly shared at an allergy conference in Melbourne earlier this week, alongside discussions about the research that might help children overcome allergies in the future.