Overprotective Parents and Increase in Food Allergies

I'm trying not to take offense with this article, but it's hard not too. I'm going to go with the idea that the writer was looking for a sensational headline to increase readership.

Yeah, that's it.

Here's the thing, medical doctors have been telling parents to delay introduction of certain foods and to read all labels to avoid any trace of highly allergenic foods. We've been told that our food allergic children could die if they eat even a tiny amount of their allergen. And people have died.

I realize that the latest research is beginning to show a different picture. Recent studies are showing that it may be better to introduce major allergens at a young age. This news article talks about a recent article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Imunology. A study involving 2500 infants showed a lower incidence of egg allergy for the babies introduced to egg before 12 months.No other major allergens have been studied.

For now, stay in touch with your pediatrician and allergist about what is best for your baby or child.

Overprotective parents...geeeesh...we're just doing the best we can with the information we have. We're just being the best parents we can be.
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