Nut allergy linked to breastfeeding

The study, conducted by the academic unit of general practice at the Australian National University, surveyed infant feeding practices and parent-reported nut allergy in a survey spanning all primary schools in the ACT over four years.

Among more than 15,000 children starting school, nut allergy prevalence was 3.9%, which the authors said was twice the rate of British children at the same age.

Some 88% of children were breastfed and 65.4% of children received food other than breast milk – including baby cereal, formula, vegetables and fruit juices