Early Feeding Guidance

The BSACI’s Paediatric Allergy Group (PAG) and the Food Allergy Specialist Group (FASG) of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) have developed guidance for UK Healthcare Professionals on preventing food allergy in higher risk infants. This includes advice on the earlier introduction of potential allergenic foods into the infant diet to reduce the risk of food allergy.

For Healthcare Professionals:

Early Feeding Guidance for Healthcare Professionals

Summary of guidance

There is an accompanying information sheet for parents including practical advice:

Infant Feeding and Allergy Prevention Guidance for Parents

Summary of guidance

The BSACI/FASG document is guidance rather than a guideline. It is designed to provide useful background and practical advice in implementing the available evidence from the EAT, LEAP and other studies to support individualised care.

The guidance is designed to complement a recent review by a joint specialist committee of the UK Food Standards Agency and Public Health England, which acknowledged that targeted advice may be appropriate for infants at a higher risk of developing food allergy.

Should anyone wish to send in any comments regarding the guidance, please email info@bsaci.org.

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