Prevent Peanut Allergies by Exposing Your Infant Early

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Source: National Post

Peanut allergy is not only one of the most common food allergies but also one of the most potentially fatal. The condition seems to be on the rise with children, according to the Food Allergy and Education site. People with the condition must be vigilant at all times and have an EpiPen available in the event of an attack.

The National Institutes for Health has just released a recommendation on how to prevent peanut allergies in children. The NIH suggests introducing food containing peanuts to children as young as four to six months, especially if they have been found to be at risk of developing the condition. The conclusions come from a clinical trial funded by the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) involving 600 infants. The study concluded that early consumption of peanut products significantly reduced the development of allergies by the age of five. The NIH advises parents and caregivers to consult with a healthcare provider before feeding their infants peanuts, however.


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