New guidelines indicate that babies at high risk of peanut allergy should be introduced to peanut-containing foods very early. These foods should be age-appropriate peanut products.
– Previously, doctors had advised that total avoidance of peanut was best for young children with high risk of an allergic reaction.
– Despite the avoidance, the prevalence of peanut allergies continued to rise from about 0.4 percent to 2 percent.
– The new recommendation may appear counter-intuitive — but research has shown a drastic reduction in the risk of peanut allergy is possible through early exposure to peanut products.
By the age of 5, almost 14 percent of children in the peanut-avoidance group had developed a peanut allergy. That compared with just under 2 percent of children who’d been exposed to peanuts early — an 86 percent reduction.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
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