ZIONSVILLE — Doctors think they may have an answer to the growing number of kids with food allergies, but it’s not one that parents seem to be buying into just yet.
For decades, doctors have recommended that parents hold off the introduction of foods like peanuts, milk and eggs until kids are one to three years old. Since then, though, allergist Dr. Frederick Leickly at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health says allergies among kids have only increased.
“The peanut allergic population actually tripled,” Leickly said.
Instead, new recommendations suggest that parents introduce the foods in children four to six months old.
“If we expose them then, we may prevent the food allergy from developing down the line,” Leickly said.
That’s a hard bargain for parents like Lauren Kossack whose two young sons both suffer from severe allergies. If she had a third child, Kossack said she would not introduce the foods early.
“As a parent you have to take it and say, ‘What are you comfortable with?'” Kossack told Fox 59.
Kossack said other parents should make their own decisions, but advised them to be sure they know the symptoms of allergic reactions ahead of time.
Leickly suggested that parents who are worried should call an allergist or pediatrician and make plans to introduce the foods with a doctor present.