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American pediatricians gave very strange advice to parents

'24.03.2019'

Source: MedicForum

In the US, pediatricians have changed the previous recommendations, according to which pregnant women, as well as children under the age of three years should avoid the use of potentially allergenic products. According to the new recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), published in the journal Pediatrics, such products should be given to children as soon as possible.

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Previously, it was believed that the immune system of children under the age of three is still too immature, and potential food allergens can provoke its unwanted and dangerous reactions to health, therefore, they cannot be given to very small ones, writes MedicForum. But, appealing to the array of data obtained in the course of research conducted over the past 10 years, experts now give other recommendations. AAP pediatricians say: the earlier a child’s immune system “gets to know” food allergens, the better.

In particular, experts from the United States believe that the first acquaintance of a child with peanuts is permissible already at the age of 4-6 months. At the same age, you can also begin to gradually give other potential food allergens - eggs, fish, cow's milk, wheat, soy.

"There is no evidence that postponing the introduction of these products beyond four to six months of age helps prevent allergies from developing," said the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Meanwhile, experts rightly point out that this recommendation is contrary to the interpretation of the World Health Organization (WHO), according to which children under six months should be fed exclusively with breast milk. But in the AAP believe that this age bracket should be reduced to the age of three to four months, after which children can already be given potential allergens. AAP experts also recommend not to limit your diet to pregnant and lactating women. As much as possible various substances should get into the children's organism to normalize the work of its immunity, they emphasize.

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