Food Allergy in the Breastfed Infant

Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, MD, PhD

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May 13, 2014

Atopic Eczema and Food Allergy

Atopic eczema is common in infancy. Food allergies contribute to the severity of eczema in only about one third of children with moderate to severe eczema. Other clues to food allergy include eczema that exacerbates within hours to a day with maternal ingestion of certain foods, such as cow's milk or peanut, and improves with maternal avoidance of the trigger food. Food allergies are more common in infants with an onset of eczema under 3 months of age, and in those with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms or failure to thrive.

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