Introducing vs avoiding food allergens

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So you do want to hold off on foods they might choke on or foods that might cause an infection like raw or undercooked fish. But you want to get some ground up peanuts into babies before their first birthday. Fish, there's been great research now that giving fish 1-2x a month before their first birthday reduces allergies of all kinds, not just to fish, for the rest of childhood. So be adventurous, and go through milk, eggs, peanuts, treenuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Try to get all 8 in. One other tip, though. I don't have solid evidence for this in humans, but if animals are sick and on antibiotics, they're more likely to develop an allergy. So I wouldn't introduce the top allergens when your child is sick.

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Dr. Alan Greene founded his website,, in 1995, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer physician web site." In 2010 he founded the WhiteOut Now movement to change how babies are fed from their very first bite of solid food, and in 2012 he founded TICC TOCC – Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping. He is an author of several books including Feeding Baby Green and appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, and is a regular columnist for Parenting magazine. He is a practicing pediatrician and the father of four.

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