Early exposure to peanuts is recommended to prevent allergies
A group of pediatricians recommends giving children with peanut allergies one meal at a time before eating peanuts.
The interim guidance came in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year, which found that childhood exposure to peanuts helped build tolerance — as opposed to conventional thinking.
Child-friendly foods used in the study included peanut butter juice, peanut soup, yogurt, and peanuts mixed with other foods.
The advice came in a consensus statement that the American Academy of Pediatrics helped formulate and supported in June, along with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and several foreign allergy groups.
Pediatric Illness The Academy issues a statement online Monday in the journal.
Allergy testing is recommended before exposing babies to foods containing peanuts between the ages of four months and 11 months.
These are young men who have experienced skin reactions due to eating eggs or a severe rash of eczema, which indicates a possible food allergy.
The recommendations are intended to serve as interim guidelines, while more comprehensive guidelines have been released by the National Institute of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.