You SHOULD Give Children Peanuts to Avoid Allergy, Study Finds

By Naturally Savvy

The National Institute for Health issued new surprising guidelines to help parents prevent peanut allergies. The recommendations state exposing children to peanuts as early as six months—especially those with a high risk—can lower their chance of developing the allergy by as much as 80 percent.

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The recommendations came from a panel of allergy experts with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch of the NIH. 

“Living with peanut allergy requires constant vigilance. Preventing the development of peanut allergy will improve and save lives and lower health care costs,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “We expect that widespread implementation of these guidelines by health care providers will prevent the development of peanut allergy in many susceptible children and ultimately reduce the prevalence of peanut allergy in the United States.”

The new Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States supplement the NIH's 2010 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States. There are separate guidelines for children depending on their level of risk for developing the allergy. Children with severe eczema, egg allergy, or both, are at a high-risk of developing the allergy and should be introduced to peanuts as early as 4-6 months. Children with mild or moderate eczema should be introduced to peanut-containing foods around 6 months. Children without eczema or other food allergies can have peanut-containing foods introduced into their diets at any time.

The guidelines recommend that children should start eating other solid foods before introducing peanut-containing foods, as well as that parents do so in small amounts and monitor for a reaction.

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By Naturally Savvy| January 12, 2017
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