Study finds many pediatricians aren’t following guidelines on peanut allergies

New guidelines were released in 2017 that encourage introducing peanuts to children for allergy prevention. Dr. Jennifer Ashton breaks down the study and what parents should do.
1:47 | 07/16/20

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Now to a "Gma" health alert about kids and peanut allergy prevention. A new report in "Jama" say many pediatricians may not be following the latest guidelines and Dr. Jennifer Ashton is back with that. Doc, tell us about the report. Well, Michael, first of all, peanut allergies affect a little bit over 2% of U.S. Children and back in 2017 guidelines were released recommending that pediatricians talk to parents about introducing foods that contain peanuts as early as 4 to this study you just mentioned in "Jama" suggests that 93% of pediatricians know about those recommendations but only 29% are actually following them. So this is not a one size fits all approach but this is of really important discussion that needs to be had between parents and pediatricians. Absolutely and, Jen, you're a parent. You're concerned about peanut allergies so what should you do? Yeah, and I also have a lot of food allergies, Michael, so I check all the boxes on this. I think first of all parents of babies in this age group should talk to their pediatrician. This is not something you wing and DIY it at home. If a baby has eczema or egg allergies or other food allergies, you definitely want to have this discussion with the pediatrician. But this has to be a two-way street, Michael. It's not a dictatorship in medicine. You know, the parents ask questions, suggest things, the doctor or health care provider also gives their recommendations, inform, educate, make awareness higher this. Is an important issue in pediatrics for sure. All right, doc, as always, thank you. It's teamwork when it comes to your patient and doctor. Thank you so much for that we appreciate it.

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