Introducing high amounts of gluten into a baby’s diet could prevent them from developing coeliac disease, according to a study.
The strategy could have implications for other autoimmune diseases, say the research team led by King’s College London (KCL), but further studies would be needed before it could be applied in practice.
Current advice is that babies should not be introduced to solid food until they are around 6 months old.
Wheat-based Biscuits From 4 Months
The study, published in JAMA Paediatrics, was a secondary analysis from the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study – a randomised trial of the early introduction of allergenic solids into a baby’s diet.
Around half of 1004 babies from England and Wales were given 4g of wheat-protein as wheat-based biscuits per week when they were aged between 4 and 6 months. This was equivalent to a gluten dose of approximately 3.2 g/week, or 500