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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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