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Infant Feeding and Allergy Prevention Guidelines
The Allergy Clinical Network supports the guidelines developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), which were agreed by participants in the Infant Feeding Summit hosted by the Centre for Food & Allergy Research (CFAR) in Australia in May 2016.
The reasons for the continued rise in allergic diseases, such as food allergy, eczema, asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever) are complex and not well understood. Although infants with a family history of allergic disease are at higher risk of allergies, infants with no family history can also develop allergies. These guidelines are relevant for all families, including those in which siblings or parents already have food allergies or other allergic conditions.
If an infant already has an allergic disease (such as severe eczema or food allergy), it is recommended parents discuss what specific measures might be useful with their doctor.
There are three documents in pdf available from the ASCIA website (https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-prevention) which can be downloaded and provided to patients, parents and carers as appropriate:
- ASCIA Guidelines for Infant Feeding and Allergy Prevention
- ASCIA Allergy Prevention FAQs
- ASCIA How to introduce solids to infants
Document last reviewed: April 2017
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