So why all the conversation about juice? After all, for generations, giving babies juice early in life has been an honored tradition, one felt to be of great nutritional value.
Now, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no juice at all for the first year of life and only limited amounts of freshly squeezed fruit juice for the next two years of life. The reason is simple: fruit juice, contrary to popular opinion, has little nutritional value AND is loaded with calories and sugar. So, for now, stick with breast milk as long as possible and use regular baby foods or those pureed at home.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has issued updated guidance, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, regarding the peanut allergies in infants.
This guidance says that babies with severe eczema, egg allergy or both should first receive pureed or finger foods with peanuts at ages 4 months to 6 months after prior allergy testing and intake of other solid foods.
While those with mild to moderate eczema should be exposed to peanuts at around age 6 months.
Those without eczema or food allergies can have peanut-containing foods “freely.”
Implementation of the guidelines, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and five other journals, may significantly lower pediatric food allergies, said NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.