Information updates

Updated ASCIA FAQ How to Introduce Solid Foods for Allergy Prevention

30 November 2020

In response to recent feedback and as part of our commitment to regularly review ASCIA online resources, updates have been made to the ASCIA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) How to Introduce Solid Foods for Allergy Prevention document. This is the third most popular resource on the ASCIA website, with up to 14,454 pageviews per month, so it important that this is kept updated.

The updates include expansion and slight rewording of the key points, highlighted below in green:

To ensure consistency, the wording in the updated key points listed above has also been updated in the ASCIA Guidelines for Infant Feeding and Allergy Prevention.

The following information (from ASCIA FAQ Allergy Prevention) has been added to ASCIA FAQ How to Introduce Solid Foods for Allergy Prevention document:

Solid foods should not be started before four months. Studies have shown that babies at high risk of having allergies who are exclusively breastfed for the first three to four months of life are less likely to develop food allergies and eczema during the first two years of life. There are also developmental reasons why solid foods should not be started before four months, as a baby’s digestive system and ability to chew and swallow are not yet fully developed or ready for solid foods.

Links to relevant websites have also been added to both of the updated documents, which are now available on the ASCIA website:

ASCIA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) How to Introduce Solid Foods for Allergy Prevention www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-prevention/ascia-how-to-introduce-solid-foods-to-babies

ASCIA Guidelines for Infant Feeding and Allergy Prevention www.allergy.org.au/hp/papers/infant-feeding-and-allergy-prevention