Food allergen avoidance in the prevention of food allergy in infants and children

Pediatrics. 2003 Jun;111(6 Pt 3):1662-71.


Food allergy afflicts an increasing number of infants and children and is associated with both clinical and familial burdens. To help lessen this burden, the Nutritional Committees from the American Academy of Pediatrics and jointly the European Society for Pediatric Allergology and Clinical Immunology and the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition published recommendations to prevent and treat food allergy. Although there is much in common with these recommendations, differences exist. This review compares, contrasts, and reconciles them, presenting the evidence that has led to their statements.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / adverse effects*
  • Animals
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Europe
  • Food Hypersensitivity / diet therapy
  • Food Hypersensitivity / prevention & control*
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States


  • Allergens