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Feeding eggs to infants could reduce their risk of egg allergy later on, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers at the University at Buffalo in New York, analyzed U.S. government data from more than 2,200 parents who were surveyed about their children's eating habits and food allergies from birth to 6 years of age.

"We found that children who hadn't had egg introduced by 12 months were more likely to have egg allergy at 6 years," said lead author Dr. Giulia Martone, who is scheduled to present the findings Sunday at a meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), in New Orleans.

"Egg allergy is the second most common food allergy throughout the world," senior author Dr. Xiaozhong Wen said in an ACAAI news release.

"Current evidence suggests that early introduction of egg during infancy, followed by consistent and frequent feedings, seems protective against development of egg allergy. We are still investigating optimal timing of infant egg introduction and frequency of feeding," Wen said.

The allergy-prevention strategy is a familiar one. Since 2017, allergists and pediatricians have said that parents should introduce peanut product to children around the time they begin eating solid foods to reduce the risk of peanut allergy.

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Below are more web pages mentioning eggs as baby food before age 1. Always consult with a health care provided to confirm when and how to serve eggs to your baby.

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