New Food Allergy Guidance for Health Care Systems and Providers

New guidance about childhood food allergies from leading allergy organizations, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI); the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI); and the CSACI (Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) provides important recommendations for health care systems, providers and patients.  

 

 

Learn more about the guidance in JACI In Practice and learn more about key takeaways for patients here.

This important guidance supports our upcoming educational program with Advocate Aurora which will help promote early allergen introduction for over 36,000 babies. The guidance from the AAAAI, ACAAI, and the CSACI includes recommendations for both providers and healthcare systems, and we’ve outlined these below to show how our educational programs reflect how to easily implement food allergy prevention recommendations in your practice or healthcare system.

Approach to implementing early introduction:

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Primary care providers should implement talking points surrounding early introduction into all well-child visits, beginning at birth and repeated at age 2, 4, 6, and 9 mo.
We provide this same guidance in our After Visit Summary additions here
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Allergists seeing infants for conditions such as atopic dermatitis should discuss concepts surrounding early introduction with families.
We provide this same guidance in our high risk dot phrases here. 
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Obstetricians can introduce these concepts with expecting parents to help them increase awareness and understanding.
We are currently under developing educational material for OBGYN but you can learn more about how we support providers and their facilities here

 

Explaining the benefits of early introduction

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Medical providers who discuss timing and method of solid food introduction should include discussion of the benefits of incorporating allergenic foods into the diet.
We provide this same guidance in our After Visit Summary additions here
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Medical providers should also discuss that early introduction has not been associated with increased harm or risk for food allergy development.
We provide this same guidance in our After Visit Summary additions here.

Stratification of food allergy risk

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Medical providers should identify infants at highest risk to develop food allergies and discuss that risk, along with benefits of early introduction, with families.
We provide this same guidance in our high risk dot phrases here
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Medical providers should help parents of infants at low risk to develop food allergy understand that special precautions are not necessary sur-rounding the early introduction of allergenic foods and encourage them to diversify their infant’s diet.
We provide this same guidance in our After Visit Summary additions here.


To read the exact wording of the recommendations from the AAAAI, ACAAI, CSACI, you can read it here or read the key section from that publication here: 

TABLE VII. General discussion points for parents and caregivers regarding early introduction of allergenic foods

 


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