ANCHOR LEAD: NEW GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN RELEASED ON PREVENTING SOME ALLERGIES IN KIDS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The common wisdom used to be that moms should avoid certain foods while pregnant and breastfeeding to avoid development of food allergies in their babies, but now the pediatrics folks have released new guidelines. Robert Wood, a pediatric allergy expert at Johns Hopkins, describes them.
WOOD: The recommendations really came out saying there’s no good evidence for most of this. The only thing that holds up across most of the studies is that breastfeeding is better than formula feeding with a cow’s milk formula. And that’s something that people would have predicted 500 years ago that breastfeeding is the right way to feed babies. The only clear guideline is mothers should breastfeed for at least four to six months. And that we shouldn’t introduce solid foods to the baby until at least four to six months. And everything else now is left open to interpretation. :30
Wood says it’s still wise for families with allergic kids to be cautious. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.