Evid Based Nurs 15:114-115 doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2011-100449
  • Child health
  • Cohort study

No evidence that introduction of allergenic foods prior to 6 months of age increases reports of wheeze or eczema in young childhood

  1. S Hasan Arshad
  1. Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to S Hasan Arshad
    Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hants SO16 6YD, UK;sha{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • A delay in the introduction of solid foods beyond 6 months does not protect from allergic disease and should not be recommended.

  • A randomised controlled trial (RCT) investigating the specific effect of early versus delayed introduction of solid foods is needed.


A delay in introduction of solid foods has been suggested for decades as a means of preventing atopic diseases due to infants' immature immune system and hence inability to handle a wide variety of food antigens.1 The normal response to food antigens is that of immune tolerance. However, early exposure …

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