Australian parents should be feeding eggs and peanuts to their children in the first year of their lives to prevent allergies.

New advice from the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) says the foods, previously avoided, now need to be included in the diets of infants.

According to an abstract of the MJA report, eggs and peanuts should be introduced when the infant is between the ages of four months and one year, reports 9 news.

The MJA said the advice is not “a strict window” of introduction but rather a recommendation not to delay the introduction of solid foods beyond 12 months of age. Parents had previously been advised not to expose their children to eggs and peanuts before they turned one.

It is hoped the inclusion of the food will help build a child’s tolerance so they won’t develop allergies later in life.

Parents should consult with their doctor before making changes to their child’s diet.

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  • Must be so confusing trying to do your best for a young child when the advise keeps changing.

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  • Makes sense. I think it’s a good idea

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  • I really hate it how this sort of advice always changes.

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  • I think a soft boiled egg was the first thing I introduced my baby to followed by squashed bananas.

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  • To be honest egg was the first solid food I introduced and peanut (butter) was early on my kids diet too.

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  • Yes I was told the same at my maternal appointments

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  • Nuts need to be ground as a youngster cannot chew them properly.
    If your child appears to be allergic to egg I usggest he/she be tested. I know one child who is allergic to the yolk but not the white.

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  • Wondering would BF babies be exposed to these things anyway if the mother has been eating them. Egg custard was one of the first things my children had as young babies. Still need to be careful how the nuts are feed to them too. Hard to stay abreast of everything now.

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  • This advice keeps changing – it’s very confusing.

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  • My eldest is 10 and we were told to start her around 6 months and not delay it.

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  • My 6 month old only started solids in the last couple of weeks and has already had both eggs and nuts. My children eat what we eat. Except honey.

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  • We were told to do this for our little one.

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