Much evidence supports that the early introduction of allergenic foods in weaning is useful to prevent food allergies later in life. Real life is often different, with factors related to mothers and infants. Our study aimed to deepen the timing of introducing the foods responsible for most allergic reactions during the weaning and why parents delay their introduction. 110 mothers participated in the study, compiling a questionnaire. Exclusive breastfeeding was associated with a delayed introduction of allergenic foods at 4 months (r = 0.433, p < 0.01) and 1 year (r = 0.486, p < 0.01). Large-for-gestational age at birth was inversely associated with a delayed introduction of allergenic foods (r=-0.204, p < 0.05). This study demonstrates that introducing many allergens is delayed during the weaning. Parents with infants fed with exclusive breastfeeding could need more information about the correct time of introduction of potential allergens in the weaning.

Weaning, food allergens and potential risk factors for delayed introduction: a cross-sectional study

Pecoraro, Luca
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Chiaffoni, Giovanni;Piacentini, Giorgio;Pietrobelli, Angelo
2024-01-01

Abstract

Much evidence supports that the early introduction of allergenic foods in weaning is useful to prevent food allergies later in life. Real life is often different, with factors related to mothers and infants. Our study aimed to deepen the timing of introducing the foods responsible for most allergic reactions during the weaning and why parents delay their introduction. 110 mothers participated in the study, compiling a questionnaire. Exclusive breastfeeding was associated with a delayed introduction of allergenic foods at 4 months (r = 0.433, p < 0.01) and 1 year (r = 0.486, p < 0.01). Large-for-gestational age at birth was inversely associated with a delayed introduction of allergenic foods (r=-0.204, p < 0.05). This study demonstrates that introducing many allergens is delayed during the weaning. Parents with infants fed with exclusive breastfeeding could need more information about the correct time of introduction of potential allergens in the weaning.
2024
Weaning
exclusive breastfeeding
nuts
peanuts
potential allergens
shellfish
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