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Babies should be introduced to food like peanuts, fish and egg as early as four months old, US health experts say.
The new relaxed guidelines, published on Monday, are the result of a 20-year change of heart among American pediatricians when it comes to allergenic ingredients.
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In 2000, parents were told to save cow's milk until their child was one, egg until their child was two, and nuts and fish until the age of three - all in the hopes of preventing potentially deadly reactions.
But 19 years later, experts say the earlier the better: more and more research suggests that earlier exposure could be just the thing to drive down the number of kids who react to foods.
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Introducing your child to ingredients that have a higher risk of reaction can be an unnerving experience for a parent - particularly as allergy rates rise in the US.
In 2001, 5.3 percent of US adults had a diagnosed food allergy. That jumped to 6.5 percent in 2010, and again to 10.8 percent in 2016.
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Most of those (90 percent) are triggered by eight food groups: cow milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean.
But there are another 170, more or less, reported to cause allergic reactions - and that...
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