Should Pregnant Women Eat Peanuts?

New study claims eating peanuts during pregnancy may reduce chances the child will have an allergy.
3:00 | 12/24/13

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pack, if you're going skiing. A new study with surprising information for pregnant women. It turns out that eating peanuts during pregnancy may make it less likely that the child will have a nut allergy. Jen ashton with more on this. This is a big counterintuitive. How solid is this study? The larger question here, george, is whether a behavior during pregnancy, eating peanuts, has a measurable medical outcome down the road. In this case, an allergy in the child. And the findings of the study found that pregnant women who ate nuts or peanuts five or more times a month, had a significantly less chance of their child having a food allergy, than pregnant women who ate them just once a month. This study did only show an association. It didn't show a cause and effect. But nevertheless, these findings are pretty noteworthy. Would you recommend that women eat nuts? Right now, pediatricians are saying, go ahead in moderation. Eat these foods that are considered allergens. There's no strict data that says you should avoid them completely. How would you suspect that your child is allergic to nuts, what do you do? See a pediatric allergist. Get your child tested. If they are diagnosed with a real food allergy, make sure to have multiple epi pens all around. And talk about steroids, ben drill or antihistamines on you or on that child. It can be scary and to be clear, life-threatening. Thanks very much. And now, we turn to those

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