Susan K. Schulman MD Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health" tells you when you should expose your child to different and possibly allergenic foods.
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When to Expose Your Child to Different Foods Interviewer: 35 years I’ve been practicing just like you. Our concept to feeding solid food might change. What are the new concepts in feeding babies solid food? I’m talking six months and above. What would be a new concept that’s going to be out? Susan F. Schulman: Up until recently, we were avoiding highly allergenic foods like eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and fish. Those foods are known to be able to cause severe allergies. What we discovered is in looking around the world, it seems like we were not protecting our babies from allergy by not exposing them. They actually feel that earlier exposure to things like peanut butter and egg is probably better for the baby’s immune system. So, we think we’re protecting them but it turns out that we actually are delaying their exposure and sometimes are giving them the inability to react to it properly. So, there’s a question now whether to wait until nine months, until a year to introduce those foods or just to start introducing them as we introduce solid foods. So, we’ll see what the new recommendations are going to come out but there’s a big question mark now that all of our -- listen, we told everybody to put their babies on their stomachs until recently, we told them it will be safer but it turned out -- Interviewer: So, whatever we say, it will be wrong. Susan F. Schulman: Probably. Interviewer: And the fine piece would be right. Okay, thank you.
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