New allergy guidance for infants launched alongside BSACI18 July 2018
The BDA Food Allergy Specialist Group (FASG), in partnership with the Paediatric Allergy Group of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI), have published newly developed guidance for 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.
Alongside the guidance for healthcare professionals, FASG and the BSACI have published an information sheet for parents, which provides practical advice and encourages parents to seek medical advice if they have concerns. Mary Feeney, BDA FASG Chair said;
"This guidance has been written to support UK healthcare professionals, particularly those who are working in primary care to provide individualised advice to families of infants with a history of early-onset eczema or suspected food allergy about allergy prevention. We also developed an information guide to support parents and caregivers. The guidance is designed to complement a recent review of scientific evidence published by a joint committee of the UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT)."
Julie Lanigan, BDA Paediatric Specialist Group Chair said;
"Paediatric dietitians often guide parents through the process of introducing potentially allergenic foods their baby's or child’s diet. Working in conjunction with primary and secondary care colleagues, skilled paediatric dietitians will be key to support families with the safe introduction of potentially allergenic foods alongside any known or suspected allergies."
Both the documents can be accessed on the BDA website.