Early introduction of solids & allergy
The EAT Study group suggests that the window of opportunity to prevent food allergies developing may be very early in life.
Emerging information from the LEAP study (looking at Peanut Allergy) reveals that infants are sensitized to foods that can cause allergies far earlier than previously realized.
10% of infants under 6 months of age who were otherwise eligible to participate in the LEAP study, had to be rejected as they were already too significantly sensitized to peanut. Despite none of the infants ever having eaten peanut before joining the LEAP study, 40% of the 4 month olds already have antibodies against peanut, present in their blood.