Feeding Infants Peanuts May Prevent Peanut Allergy

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  • Feeding infants peanuts may prevent peanut allergy: According to new study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, feeding young babies peanuts before their age of eleven months can significantly reduce their chances of developing a peanut allergy. The study was conducted by George Du Toit, MB, from King’s College London, together with international researchers who were part of the Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) Study Team, and focused only on children already at high risk for developing a peanut allergy. The study results indicated that 17.2 percent of children given peanuts after 11 months of age have became allergic, while only 3.2 percent of children given peanuts between the ages of four and eleven months developed allergic reaction. As the researchers stated: “The results of this trial are so compelling, and the problem of the increasing prevalence of peanut allergy so alarming, new guidelines should be forthcoming very soon. We suggest that any infant between 4 months and 8 months of age believed to be at risk for peanut allergy should undergo skin-prick testing for peanut. If the test results are negative, the child should be started on a diet that includes 2 grams of peanut protein three times a week for at least 3 years.” These findings supports current American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines that recommend waiting until a child is at least 4 to 6 months old before introducing peanuts into their diets. According to latest statistics, in the United States alone, peanut allergies have increased by more than four times in the past 13 years.
  • Children growing up in homes with hand dish-washing have less allergies: According to a new research from Sweden, children living in families that hand-wash their dishes are about forty percent less likely to develop allergies compared with children in homes using a dishwasher. As Dr. Bill Hesselmar, an allergist at the University of Gothenburg Department of Pediatrics and study researcher explained: “We suspect that hand-washing dishes doesn’t get them as clean as the dishwasher does, which is actually a good thing because it can help protect against allergies by exposing family members to more bacteria.”
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