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    Default allergies and cereal study?

    Has anyone else seen this article?
    http://www.babycenter.com/news/?id=533062#story
    It's about a new study suggesting that waiting until 6 months to introduce cereal actually increases the risk of allergies. Please read and tell me what you think.

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    With everything else, your individual baby will give you the signs as to when he or she is ready for solid foods. I tend to be wary of these studies because so many of them are done for the sole benefit of manfacturers. It is a rare occasion that a study is done PURELY for scientific or medical reasons. Someone always stands to benefit nowadays, and the studies are easily manipulated to get the desired outcome. Don't think that Gerber isn't jumping for joy over this "new" news. All they have to do is sit back and watch their profits on baby cereal soar.
    Food allergies run rampant on my husband's side, so we waited until 6 months to introduce anything else but breast milk. Once again, every situation is different, and I think the best thing to do is just watch your baby for the signs that they are ready to move on to other foods. Grr I can still hear my mother pestering me "When are you going to give him rice cereal?" "Why don't you give him some cereal?" And my son at that time was not quite 4 months old yet! The next thing is gonna be "When are you gonna give him cow's milk?" Never if you keep mentioning it!!

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    It's always wise to read all parts of the study. See who the participants are, how they were followed, what controls were used, ect.

    These are pertainant parts for this study (from the article):

    "1,612 children between 1993 and 2004 and followed them through the age of four."

    "Just one percent of the children — 16 kids — developed wheat allergies. But the study revealed that children who were first exposed to cereals (wheat, barley, rye and oats) after six months were 3.8 times more likely to have developed an allergy than those who first ate cereals earlier.

    The risk of wheat allergy also went up by 1.6 times if the child was exposed to rice cereal after 6 months of age and by nearly four times if a parent or sibling had asthma, eczema, or hives, the researchers found."

    "...perhaps the body's immune system "needs to see the food protein earlier to know it's not something harmful, and it shouldn't react to it," Poole said.

    It may also be possible that children who begin eating grains later may eat more, potentially aggravating their immune systems, she said."

    For myself, I would wonder how the results of this study compare *overall* to the number of children with allergies. My line of thinking is that one percent of an entire population might just be that those children were more likely to develop allergies period. So, to me, the logical conclusion is that more studies need to be performed.

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    I tend to be wary of these studies because so many of them are done for the sole benefit of manfacturers.
    I agree with PaddyNHenri, Pretty much no one benefit from BF except for mom, baby, and our own pockets. Why do you think a lot of peds and hospitals still favor formula?, because they get money and free stuff from the companies. It's sad how people that took a vow to help us look for ways to profit from someone else that's trying to do what's best for the family.

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    Pretty much no one benefit from BF except for mom, baby, and our own pockets.
    I take this back! Society does benefits from BF in a lot of differents way, what I meant was nobody makes money.

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    My line of thinking is that one percent of an entire population might just be that those children were more likely to develop allergies period.
    Although I agree that more studies need to be done here's some more info on the article. They weeded out children likely to develop allergies for the study (see the below quote in bold print).

    This is quoted from the American Academy of Pediatrics website:

    RESULTS. Sixteen children (1%) reported wheat allergy. Children who were first exposed to cereals after 6 months of age had an increased risk of wheat allergy compared with children first exposed to cereals before 6 months of age (after controlling for confounders including a family history of allergic disorders and history of food allergy before 6 months of age). All 4 children with detectable wheat-specific immunoglobulin E were first exposed to cereal grains after 6 months. A first-degree relative with asthma, eczema, or hives was also independently associated with an increased risk of wheat-allergy development.
    Here's the link for the article and who did the study...

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...act/117/6/2175

    Timing of Initial Exposure to Cereal Grains and the Risk of Wheat Allergy

    Jill A. Poole, MDa, Kathy Barriga, MSPHb, Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhDa, Michelle Hoffman, RNb, George S. Eisenbarth, MD, PhDc, Marian Rewers, MD, PhDc and Jill M. Norris, MPH, PhDb

    a Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado
    b Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
    c Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado
    I think they change everything, let them cry, don't let them cry, pick them up, don't pick them up, etc. I think you just have to go with what you feel is best for your children using the recommendations as a guide. But whenever new studies come out it's hard to know what to think.

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    Default Re: allergies and cereal study?

    Thanks for the responses! I have environmental hypersensitivity and my specialist told me the most important thing to do to help prevent allergies in my dd is to rotate her diet. Introduce things slowly, and rotate them regularly. He said allergies come from over exposure, and it would take a disaster to become allergic to something you only eat once every three days, as opposed to eating the same thing three times a day.

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