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Different guidelines in different countries

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TabithaTwitchet Thu 06-Oct-11 13:08:32

DD is 4 months old, wasn't planning on weaning until 6 months as per UK guidelines.
I don't live in the UK though, and one of my friends with baby the same age said that here advice is to introduce gluten between 4 and 6 months, in case of allergies confused. Has anyone heard of this? Obviously it is exact opposite to UK guidelines (unless they have changed since I weaned DD1).

Anyone know how I could read up on evidence behind the advice. I do plan to ask the doctor but there is a bit of a language barrier, so would prefer to read about the subject before discussing it.

Of course it could be that my friend has got the advice wrong...

Eglu Thu 06-Oct-11 13:12:53

Interesting. I don't have experience of the same siuation but my friends DH is celiac (sp?) and she did not introduce gluten to her DDs diet until she was 1 in case of reactions, so the opposite thing.

RitaMorgan Sat 08-Oct-11 16:57:07

Gluten should be introduced at 6 months as I understand it currently. There is evidence that early introduction (before 4 months) and late introduction (after 7 months) can cause intolerances.

Seona1973 Sat 08-Oct-11 22:46:29

the coeliac society in the uk advises introducing gluten at 6 months and to continue giving it so that any adverse reactions can be picked up.

TabithaTwitchet Mon 10-Oct-11 08:31:35

OK... so I should start straight off with things like bread rather than vegetable purees first?

Does baby cereal have gluten in it - I know it is in flour but is it in anything else?

Seona1973 Mon 10-Oct-11 12:05:11

I avoided bread and cereals with gluten in until 6 months - before that I gave fruits, veg, baby rice (I started dd at 4 months and ds at 5 1/2 months). I started meat, dairy, pasta, bread/toast, etc when they were 6 months old as per the guidelines. You would need to read the packaging to see if a particular food was gluten free or not - things like oats, wheat, pasta, noodles, weetabix, etc will contain gluten

RitaMorgan Mon 10-Oct-11 14:43:44

At 6 months you can just crack on with normal foods, I wouldn't bother with the whole "one veg puree every 3 days" malarky. Just give the baby a bit of whatever you're having.

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