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Landmark study changing the rules on peanut exposure to prevent allergies!

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Landmark study changing the rules on peanut exposure to prevent allergies!

A new study “Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at Risk for Peanut Allergy” was published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine that may change the way your doctor views the prevention of peanut allergy. In the first of it’s kind, the study looked at whether giving peanut products before the first birthday could PREVENT the development of peanut allergies in kids at risk. Children at risk were defined as babies with egg allergies, eczema but a negative skin prick test for peanuts. The kids were then separated into two groups – one got peanut products and one group did not. The group eating peanut products beginning before age 1 and lasting until age 5 were much less likely to have developed peanut allergies compared to the group where peanut introduction was delayed. This is the first study to suggest that we may purposely introduce peanuts to protect against peanut allergy – the opposite of advice given just 15 years ago. There is still much to be tested as the research only included kids labeled “high risk” of development of allergy but this may have opened the door to prevention of peanut allergies in a good number of kids. With 1 in 50 kids in the US having a peanut allergy and peanut allergies being the most common cause of food allergy deaths, this is great news.

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  1. Fascinating, and great that research is being done on prevention of peanut allergies since they have become so prevalent (and such a burden to many families).

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  2. So interesting

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  3. Forgive me if this has been covered and I know this is an old post, but how exactly do I introduce peanuts to my baby? I don’t remember how we introduced it to our first born, and she eats peanut butter like crazy. My baby has shown no signs of allergies being around the open can, but i’d hate to just give her a bite of peanut butter and have 911 pre dialed into my phone…

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    1. The new recommendations (January, 2017) suggest we can give babies who are low risk for peanut allergy (no to mild eczema, no egg allergy) peanut products beginning at six months when other foods are commonly introduced. Of course, peanuts are choking hazards, so we’re talking about a bit of peanut butter thinned out quite a bit then mixed with cereal or other foods that are very thin.

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