Dust, cats, peanuts, cockroaches all contribute to allergies. Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of kids, have some type of allergy. In fact, allergies account for the loss of an estimated 2 million schooldays per year.
Evidence suggests there’s actually no reason to wait to give your child allergy-causing foods (unless you know they are allergic) .
Until very recently it was common practice to delay giving dairy foods until 12 months, eggs until age two, and seafood and nuts till age three, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its thinking in 2008, suggesting that these foods can be introduced to young children at the same time as other foods.
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The majority of children who have milk, egg, and wheat allergies outgrow them by the time they’re five. And surprisingly, about 20 percent of kids with peanut allergies, once thought to be lifelong, outgrow that too. Shellfish allergies, however, usually last a lifetime.