Peanuts are one of the scariest allergens out there and they may be prevented. Wait, what?! Yes, that is correct I said that peanut allergies may now be halted if exposure to peanuts occurs when a child is young enough.
Peanut allergies are one of the most common food allergies out there and the reactions can be severe. The allergy affects more than three percent of children nationwide. That number can be reduced if the correct methods are applied states a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study highlighted the fact that the introduction of peanuts before one year of age for infants at high risk for the development actually helps to prevent the allergy later on in life.
Historically medical staff advised that peanuts/legumes are to be kept far away from those who are allergic, regardless of age. The new study begs to differ and the statistics are startling. Only three percent of exposed children developed an allergy compared to 17 percent of those who avoided peanuts for five years. This is promising for many of parents across the country, and more trials are on the way.
At such a young age the best option would be to provide peanut butter and/or a baby food that contains legumes of sort. In this study they dosed the equivalent of three teaspoons of peanut butter per week. However, the exact amount for the upper limit or lower limit has not been defined.
This is extremely promising, but always remember to visit your physician first to make sure that everything is ideal to begin this process. And for more information on the study please visit the New England Journal of Medicine.