Breaking news coverage for Allergic Living from the 2016 AAAAI conference.

Early introduction of major allergenic foods may help to protect babies from developing food allergies, according to new findings from the researchers behind the groundbreaking LEAP and LEAP-On studies. While highly positive results were seen for early peanut and egg introduction, more study is needed to gauge the effectiveness of the approach across other major allergens, and to determine for parents the best feeding methods.

At the AAAAI annual meeting in Los Angeles, study author Dr. Gideon Lack explained that the EAT (Enquiring about Tolerance) study was designed to see if early consumption of peanuts could prevent peanut allergy not only in children at high risk for reactivity, as seen in the LEAP and LEAP-On studies, but also in a general population of breastfeeding infants.

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