Food allergies can be very disabling for a person throughout their life, so the NIH is recommending one food to prevent that from happening.
Are you worried about your baby developing a debilitating allergy to peanuts that will force him or her to be constantly wary of every single food item? Feed your baby peanuts, the National Institutes of Health said in new guidelines released Thursday.
For years, health officials had urged parents to avoid exposing young children to peanuts, but now experts think that the opposite may be more beneficial, as it may make them less likely to develop peanut allergies. It’s based on new research that indicates there are strong indications that early exposure helps prevent the allergy from developing.
There are specific instructions on how to do so, so be sure to read those first before simply feeding your child peanut products. You will need to weigh whether they are a high, moderate or low risk for developing an allergy.
The NIH statement reads: “Peanut allergy is a growing health problem for which no treatment or cure exists. People living with peanut allergy, and their caregivers, must be vigilant about the foods they eat and the environments they enter to avoid allergic reactions, which can be severe and even life-threatening. The allergy tends to develop in childhood and persist through adulthood. However, recent scientific research has demonstrated that introducing peanut-containing foods into the diet during infancy can prevent the development of peanut allergy.
“The new Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States supplement the 2010 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States (link is external). The addendum provides three separate guidelines for infants at various levels of risk for developing peanut allergy and is targeted to a wide variety of health care providers, including pediatricians and family practice physicians.”