Introducing Solid Food? Watch Out for Allergy Risk

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Introducing solid foods to your baby brings a whole host of new worries - including food allergies. Learn what the AAP has to say.
Air Date: 5/15/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Jennifer Kim, MD
jennifer kimDr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Jaffe Food Allergy Institute. She earned her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed internship at St. Louis Children's Hospital at Washington University and finished residency in pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital, where she also completed fellowship in Allergy/Immunology. She stayed on as faculty at Children's where she served as the division's Clinical Practice Director for five years before joining Mount Sinai.

Dr. Kim has a special interest in food allergies and is currently a co-investigator in research protocols exploring new therapeutic modalities using extensively heated milk and milk oral immunotherapy combined with anti-IgE therapy.
Introducing Solid Food? Watch Out for Allergy Risk
Are you worried about the increase in food allergies? Many parents are, especially those parents who are beginning to feed their children solid food for the very first time.

Might your child be allergic to certain foods, even at such a young age?

Fortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some new information for parents regarding this increasingly important issue.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology released new guidelines on introducing solid foods to babies and how doing so may impact allergy risk.

This is  the first time specific guidelines have been outlined for how and when to introduce highly allergenic foods, including cow's milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

So, when is it really OK to feed your infant certain foods like peanuts, eggs, and dairy?

Join us and special guest, Dr. Jennifer Kim, as she gives guidance to families on how to introduce these foods, including the age at which to start, and if there is a particular order to follow. She also explains some of the science behind these foods and allergy risk in infants.

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