New infant feeding resources
Building on the original message to introduce the common food allergens before a baby turns one, our new resources continue to emphasise the importance of keeping these foods in the baby’s diet at least twice a week once introduced.
This messaging will be promoted through a social media campaign in August 2020 using a new 15 second video about feeding the common food allergens at least twice a week once introduced.
New downloadable resources to support parents with the important messaging around continued feeding of the common food allergens once introduced include:
- NEW – food and recipe ideas for babies of different ages and stages of eating development to explain how to incorporate the common food allergens into first foods through to toddler and family meals. https://preventallergies.org.au/introducing-solid-foods/what-foods-should-i-feed-my-baby/
- NEW – A new recipe booklet containing a range of recipes which include the common food allergens. There are a range of recipes for the different ages and stages of eating development that gives parents ideas and inspiration.
FREE Nip allergies in the Bub bookmarks can be ordered by health professionals for patients from the Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia website: https://allergyfacts.org.au/shop/nasr
To visit the Nip allergies in the Bub website, go to: www.preventallergies.org.au
Food Allergy Prevention Project Launch
The National Allergy Strategy has launched the national roll out of the Food Allergy Prevention Project funded by the Australian Government. The project aims to implement the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention.
The Nip allergies in the Bub website has been developed as part of the Food Allergy Prevention Project. Over the past year, this website along with other resources have been piloted in Western Australia. Feedback about the resources has been collected and improvements have been made to the resources where required.
The feedback about the resources has been overwhelmingly positive with only minor changes to resources required.
Comments received about the website include:
“Love the look and ease of use of the website. Very helpful and informative.” (consumer)
“Great information! Easy to navigate site.” (consumer)
“I appreciate the ideas of how to incorporate the allergy causing foods into meals I can offer my baby e.g. mixing with fruit puree etc.” (consumer)
“Great website, important message, thanks.” (consumer)
“Excellent site. Love the video and would love to share it with my staff as a refresher on anaphylaxis and allergies as it is simple and short and sweet.” (health professional)
“I am a child health nurse working in Perth. This is a fantastic website, well done! Will recommend to all clients.” (health professional)
Resources available from the Nip allergies in the Bub website include:
- Practical information about how and when to introduce the common allergy causing foods including food ideas
- Practical information about how to optimise eczema management
- Eczema videos and infographics to help parents manage their baby’s eczema
- A health professional section including online training, podcasts, clinical updates and guides
Visit the Nip allergies in the Bub website at www.preventallergies.org.au
Nip allergies in the Bub website
The National Allergy Strategy launched the pilot phase of the Food Allergy Prevention Project funded by the Australian Government. The project aims to implement the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention. This project has been informed by the National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting (IFIM) held in March 2017 and overseen by a Working Group comprising key stakeholders.
The pilot phase will involved extensive engagement in Western Australia as the main pilot state. The Nip allergies in the Bub website developed as an outcome of focus group engagement is now available and contains practical information for parents about how to introduce the common food allergens and how to optimise eczema management. The website also contains a section for health professionals including education resources.
The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian government to implement a food allergy prevention project based on the ASCIA guidelines for infant feeding and allergy prevention. This project was informed by National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting (IFIM) held in March 2017, which engaged key stakeholder organisations to guide the implementation process.
The following communication strategies are planned:
- A communication strategy for health professional (general practitioners, pharmacists, maternal, child and family health nurses, paediatricians and dietitians).
- Education resources and tools for health professionals (e.g. referral pathways for infant feeding and allergy prevention).
- A communication strategy for the community to raise awareness encouraging the introduction of the most common food allergens within the first year of life, particularly in infants with severe eczema and/or food allergy, who are considered to have an increased risk of developing peanut allergy.
- A phone service (1300 number) supported by appropriately trained staff to provide support for parents who are introducing solid foods to infants.
- Optimising eczema management in infants that may prevent the development of food allergy.
- Addressing current myths about allergy prevention and providing credible information on allergy prevention in infants.
Content updated July 2020