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Preventing Food Allergies: The Impact of What and When We Feed Babies

Guidelines for feeding babies have changed in monumental ways over the past two decades, particularly regarding the introduction of potentially allergenic foods. At the same time, there has been a steep increase in the number of children who have developed food allergies. In this session, the speaker will provide a brief history of feeding recommendations for infants and how the current guidance provides food allergy prevention benefits for infants and families.

Using the latest scientific evidence, the speaker will share the most important research about how and when babies should be fed potential allergens, particularly peanut and egg, to prevent food allergies. In addition, the speaker will give concrete examples of how Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) can provide evidence-based, practical guidance to parents and caregivers to overcome barriers to early introduction of potential allergens.

  • Explain why there have been changes to the recommendations for feeding infants potential allergens
  • Utilize the latest research and evidence-based guidelines to recommend what potentially allergenic foods to incorporate into infant diets and when to incorporate those foods 
  • Provide practical recommendations and resources for clients, parents and caregivers to easily facilitate the early introduction of potential allergens

    Speaker: Sherry Coleman Collins
    Original air date: February 3, 2021