Modifying the infant's diet to prevent food allergy

Kate Grimshaw, Kirsty Logan, Sinead O'Donovan, Mairead Kiely, Karine Patient, Jolanda Van Bilsen, Kirsten Beyer, Dianne E. Campbell, Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, Linus Grabenhenrich, Gideon Lack, Clare Mills, Jean Michel Wal, Graham Roberts

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Abstract

Recommendations and guidelines on the prevention of food allergy have changed in recent decades. The aim of this review of the current evidence and ongoing studies is to provide a comprehensive and up to date picture of prevention of food allergy for healthcare professionals. The review was undertaken as part of the European Union funded Integrated Approaches to Food Allergy and Allergen Management (iFAAM) study. This is a wide ranging project bringing together expertise across the breadth of food allergy research. Specifically, the review discusses dietary manipulation in food allergy prevention, and covers the possible preventive strategies of allergen avoidance, early allergen introduction, general nutrition and supplements, as well as other strategies, such as prebiotics and probiotics. The review concludes that despite agreement that allergen avoidance strategies should not be undertaken for allergy prevention, there is currently no consensus regarding what actions should be recommended beyond exclusive breastfeeding for the first 4-6. months of life. Recent and upcoming trial results, which are detailed in this review, should help inform the debate and add clarity to the topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of disease in childhood
Volume102
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Grimshaw, K., Logan, K., O'Donovan, S., Kiely, M., Patient, K., Van Bilsen, J., Beyer, K., Campbell, D. E., Garcia-Larsen, V., Grabenhenrich, L., Lack, G., Mills, C., Wal, J. M., & Roberts, G. (2017). Modifying the infant's diet to prevent food allergy. Archives of disease in childhood, 102(2), 179-186. https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2015-309770