The importance of early complementary feeding in the development of oral tolerance: concerns and controversies.

@article{Prescott2008TheIO,
  title={The importance of early complementary feeding in the development of oral tolerance: concerns and controversies.},
  author={Susan L. Prescott and Peter Smith and Mengmeng Tang and Debra J Palmer and John K H Sinn and Sophie J Huntley and Barbara Elizabeth Cormack and Ralf Heine and Robert Albert Gibson and Maria Makrides},
  journal={Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology},
  year={2008},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={
          375-80
        }
}
Rising rates of food allergies in early childhood reflect increasing failure of early immune tolerance mechanisms. There is mounting concern that the current recommended practice of delaying complementary foods until 6 months of age may increase, rather than decrease, the risk of immune disorders. Tolerance to food allergens appears to be driven by regular, early exposure to these proteins during a 'critical early window' of development. Although the timing of this window is not clear in humans… CONTINUE READING
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