Doctors Want Parents To Give Peanuts To Their Babies

Eric Lieberman | Tech and Law Reporter

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that parents feed their children peanuts at a young age to lessen the chances of developing a peanut allergy.

An expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is part of NIH, issued clinical guidelines Thursday that outline why health care providers should encourage the consumption of peanuts and peanut-related food.

Studies clearly exhibited a lower risk of developing a peanut allergy by five years of age, researchers said.

“Living with peanut allergy requires constant vigilance. Preventing the development of peanut allergy will improve and save lives and lower health care costs,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., according to NIH. “We expect that widespread implementation of these guidelines by health care providers will prevent the development of peanut allergy in many susceptible children and ultimately reduce the prevalence of peanut allergy in the United States.”

The first guideline says that infants with a high proclivity to eczema should have peanut foodstuff introduced to their diets as early as 4-to-6 months old.

The second guideline: babies with a mild-to-moderate risk of eczema should have it introduced at roughly six months of age. (RELATED: Now peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist)

“In all cases, infants should start other solid foods before they are introduced to peanut-containing foods,” the guidelines read.

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