Food Allergies in Kids

Food allergies in children are becoming more and more common. One in 17 children in the U.S. has a food allergy, and some can be life-threatening. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that children often develop allergies because they are fed certain foods before their digestive tract is able to process it. To help stave off potential allergies, Dr. Sears recommends:

• No foods other than breast milk before 6 months

• No egg yolks until 9 months

• No egg whites before 12 months

• No cow's milk before 12 months

• No peanuts or peanut butter until age 2. If there’s a history of peanut allergies in the family, then no peanut products before age 3.