Early feeding practices and the development of food allergies

Researchers from the Children’s Allergies Department at St Thomas’ Hospital, Kings College London, UK have looked at the reasons behind the rise in food allergies in ‘westernised’ countries, and have called into question previous preventative strategies such as prolonged breastfeeding and delayed weaning. They hypothesise that early exposure of a damaged skin barrier to food protein may lead to allergic sensitisation, whereas early oral exposure to a food allergen may induce tolerance. Other new strategies to prevent the development of food allergies are also discussed.

Source: Karger

First Published in October 2011

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