Modifying the infant’s diet to prevent food allergy

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  • External authors:
  • Kate Grimshaw
  • Kirsty Logan
  • Sinead O’Donovan
  • Mairead Kiely
  • Karine Patient
  • Jolanda Van Bilsen
  • Kirsten Beyer
  • Dianne E Campbell
  • Vanessa Garcia-Larsen
  • Linus Grabenhenrich
  • Gideon Lack
  • Jean-Michel Wal
  • Graham Roberts


current evidence and ongoing studies is to provide a comprehensive and up to date picture of prevention of food allergy for healthcare professionals. The review was undertaken as part of the European Union funded Integrated Approaches to Food Allergy and Allergen Management (iFAAM) study. This is a wide ranging project bringing together expertise across the breadth of food allergy research. Specifically, the review discusses dietary manipulation in food allergy prevention, and covers the possible preventive strategies of allergen avoidance, early allergen introduction, general nutrition and supplements, as well as other strategies, such as prebiotics and probiotics. The review concludes that despite agreement that allergen avoidance strategies should not be undertaken for allergy prevention, there is currently no consensus regarding what actions should be recommended beyond exclusive breastfeeding for the first 4-6 months of life. Recent and upcoming trial results, which are detailed in this review, should help inform the debate and add clarity to the topic.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number2
Early online date16 Aug 2016
StatePublished - 16 Feb 2017