Chapter 13

Early Nutrition and its Effect on the Development of Allergic Diseases

J.H. Boccella
L.A. Czerkies
R.S. Carvalho    Nestlé Nutrition, Florham Park, NJ, United States


The prevalence of allergic conditions (atopic conditions) has been increasing and affects up to a third of the global population. The effects of early nutrition on the development of allergic conditions and its role in their dietary management is well-recognized. The purpose of this chapter is to review the role of early nutrition on specific allergic conditions, focused on atopic dermatitis, the most common allergic disease in infancy, and on emerging evidence related to the role of nutrition in food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome and eosinophilic esophagitis. ...

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