oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Patterns of introduction of solids in South African children with atopic dermatitis : do they affect allergy rates? : case report / original research

Volume 27, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



The optimal timing of the introduction of solids to minimise the risk of food allergies is currently under study. Some immunological and epidemiological evidence has suggested that early exposure of the immune system to allergens, especially via the enteral route, may enhance immunological tolerance.

Delaying the introduction of solids beyond 6 months has not been shown to have any significant effect on reduction in allergies; indeed, recent studies for wheat, egg, cow's milk and fish allergy have shown that delayed introduction may lead to a higher incidence in allergies.
Several large prospective studies are currently underway to investigate whether early or late exposure to highly allergenic foods such as peanut and egg results in a lower rate of allergies to those foods.
This original research report explores the timing of introduction of solids and peanut dietary intake patterns of South African children with atopic dermatitis.

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