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Title: Does the age you introduce food to an infant affect allergies later?
Author: Kovich, Heather; Huntington, Jane; Safranek, Sarah
Keywords: atopy
breastfeeding
infant formula
solid food
Date: 2007-09
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 56(9) 2007: 749-750.
Abstract: Yes. In children at high risk for atopy (those with a family history of allergy, asthma, or eczema in at least 1 first-degree relative), breastfeeding or giving hydrolyzed protein formula during the first 4 to 6 months reduces the risk of atopy in the first year of life, when compared with introducing cow's milk or soy formula (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, based on a systematic review that included only 2 double-blinded randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). There is inconsistent evidence to show that early introduction of solid food increases the incidence of atopic disease (SOR: B, systematic review of inconsistent studies).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3604

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