March 4, 2013, the Wall Street Journal wrote up a report by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee outlining how and when to introduce highly allergenic foods, which include wheat, soy, milk, tree nuts, and shellfish. Here is a link to the abstract in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the committee suggests these foods can be introduced to babies between 4 and 6 months; previously parents had been told to wait.
Confused? So is everyone.
Robert Wood, director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's best advice:
“Dr. Wood said he tells parent they don't need to feel pressured to do an early introduction. ‘You can do whatever you want because we're not sure what makes a difference, he said.”
Consult your board certified allergist or health professional about the best course of action for you and your family.