Peanut Study Shows Allergy Risk Could Be Reduced for Newborns

Parents may be able to cut the risk of their child developing allergies by exposing them to the popular legume early in life.
1:40 | 03/04/15

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what could be a game changer in fighting the recent explosion of peanut allergies. A study shows feeding peanut products to infants can cut the risk of developing the allergy and we bring in Dr. Richard Besser. This goes against everything we've been hearing. Every once in a while a study comes out and you say, wow. This goes against everything I was taught as a pediatrician and what I've been telling parents. We've been saying to parents that the best way to prevent peanut allergy in your children is hold off on peanuts for the first three years of life. Turns out that was wrong. In this study they took 640 babies between 4 months and 11 months, they were all at high risk of peanut allergies. Half said no peanut for the first five years of life, the other they said peanuts three times a week and followed them. At five years those who are peanuts three times a week, 80% fewer of them had peanut allergies. What was behind the explosion? You and I didn't have this? You know, one of the thoughts is that we've made the world too clean for children. This idea that our children need to be exposed to things early in life so that our immune system tones down. It gets used to seeing these things so when it sees them later it doesn't develop all these reaction that is we're seeing right now. What should parents do with this new information? If your child has food allergies or at high risk they need to be skin tested before you do anything here because they may already have an allergy but for other children, you want to start them being exposed to a wide variety of foods when they're babies and that's very, very important. We've changed how we feed babies now. No milk, no honey but everything else is good to go for babies in the first year of life. Parents can have a lot of questions and will you be taking them on Twitter this morning. All morning. Now to that bizarre

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