GIVING BABIES PEANUTS CAN HELP PREVENT PEANUT ALLERGY

February 24, 2015

A major new study suggests that instead of keeping babies who might be likely to develop a peanut allergy away from the nuts and and other peanut-based foods, it might be a good idea to expose them.

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The research found that exposing infants to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering the risk by as much as 81 percent.

Researchers warn, however, that the babies in the study were checked to make sure they didn’t already have a peanut allergy, so this isn’t something parents of babies thought to be at risk should just do on their own.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the results “without precedent” and said they, quote, “have the potential to transform how we approach food allergy prevention.”

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