Advising Parents on Complementary Feeding and Food Allergy Prevention

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This education is about:

  • Guidelines for complementary feeding
  • Early allergen introduction for food allergy prevention
  • Best practices and clinical considerations for early introduction of allergenic foods
  • Utilizing allergenic foods to help increase diversity during the complementary feeding period
  • Caregiver counseling on early introduction and complementary feeding

Why it matters:

Food allergy is on the rise in the United States. Although ample evidence demonstrates the benefit of early allergen introduction to reduce the risk of food allergy in infants, implementation of the guidelines among the general public is low. Caregivers may be unaware of or confused by the guidelines or hesitant to implement them in daily life. Given that there is a “window of opportunity” for benefit with early allergen introduction—and this window closes fastest for the highest-risk infants—it is critically important that clinicians are prepared to proactively discuss early allergen introduction and support caregivers in following the guidance in a timely manner for all infants.

Target Audience:

Developed to support pediatricians, pediatric nurses, pediatric dietitians, and other healthcare providers who treat infants and children.

Course Credit:

1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1 ANCC Contact hour(s)
1 CA-BRN Contact hour(s)
1 CDR Contact hour(s)


Opens: 2024-06-26
Closes: 2026-06-26

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Raquel Durban, MS, RD, LDN

    Registered Dietitian
    Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center
    Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH

    Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Clinical Attending
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Founding Director
    Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Olga Kagan, PhD, RN

    Consortial Faculty & Associate Adjunct Professor
    The City University of New York School of Professional Studies
    Adjunct Faculty
    Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Molloy University
    Olga Kagan Health Care Consulting
    Food Allergy Nurses Interest Group
    New York

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the current recommendations for introducing complementary foods during infancy
  • Maximize the prevention of food allergies by applying the latest guidelines for feeding common food allergens
  • Provide parents and caregivers with clear advice for complementary food introduction and food allergy prevention