Current guidelines do not suggest a specific order of solid foods to feed an infant to reduce the risk of food allergies. Nor are there suggestions to avoid or significantly delay giving foods that are commonly considered more “allergenic” such as milk, egg, peanuts, or fish to prevent food allergies. Previous US recommendations had suggested, for families with a history of allergies, that the infant should delay ingesting cow’s milk proteins until age 1, egg until age 2 and peanuts, tree nuts and fish until age 3 years. However, studies have not supported those suggestions, and the recommendations were rescinded in 2008. It makes sense to only feed babies what they are able to manage according to texture, without gagging or choking, which changes as the infant gets older (ask your pediatrician). If you suspect that your infant had an allergic reaction to any food, talk to your pediatrician or allergist before trying other new foods.
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