NIH: Give Infants Peanuts at 4-6 Mos to Avoid Dangerous Allergies
In recent years, peanut allergies among kids have soared, creating life-long sensitivities that can be deadly and banishing beloved PB&Js from lunch boxes everywhere. While the cause is still unclear, health experts are confident they’ve found the solution to the plague of peanut allergies: peanuts.
Parents, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers are now firmly advised to start feeding infants peanut-laced foods to head off allergies before they develop. Based on mounting evidence, experts think there’s a “window of time in which the body is more likely to tolerate a food than react to it, and if you can educate the body during that window, you’re at much lower likelihood of developing an allergy to that food,” Matthew Greenhawt, a food allergy expert, told The New York Times.
As such, a National Institutes of Health panel of specialists, including Dr. Greenhawt, released today a new set of guidelines for tossing peanuts into that window.
The guidelines, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (and co-published in several others), are divided into three sections, based on a child’s risk of developing a peanut allergy.