Babies with eczema have a 1 in 3 chance of developing food allergies. Infants with eczema should be introduced to allergens such as peanuts, milk, and egg as early as 4 months of age. Ready. Set. Food! packets can be added to a bottle of breast milk, or formula, or mixed with solid foods.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAI) calls eczema the highest risk factor for developing a food allergy. Allergists are clear that it is critical for babies with eczema to be introduced to common allergens, like milk, eggs, and peanuts, between 4 and 6 months old and then to sustain these foods in the diet.
Some parents may see eczema flares with new foods, but doctors do not recommend avoiding any foods due to eczema flare ups unless specifically advised by an allergist.
Read more about allergist recommendations for managing allergies here.