Weaning beyond peanut – part 2

Carina Venter and Rosan Meyer

Weaning: Points to take into account when introducing other allergens

This is a tricky topic. There are currently no specific guidelines on the introduction of allergens other than peanut. We base the following information on our own clinical experience; taking into account the NIAID guidelines. In order to explain introduction of the other allergens, let us revisit the groups identified by the NIAID guidelines:

Group 1: Infants with severe eczema, egg allergy or both.

Group 2: Infants with mild to moderate eczema.

Group 3: Infants with no eczema or food allergies


If your baby or child has any other type of food allergy other than peanut and egg, we suggest you consult your doctor before weaning onto other allergens/foods.


Further reading: ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention and EAACI food allergy and anaphylaxis guidelines: Primary prevention of food allergy


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