Should Infants be Given Peanuts to Avoid a Peanut Allergy?August 3, 2015

Avoiding Peanut Allergies!

The possibility of children developing an allergy to peanut has been on a drastic incline for decades. Although it is not exactly certain why the increase has developed, results from a new allergy study suggest that the increase may actually be due to peanut avoidance. This recent study has revealed the truth about allergy prevention, which greatly contradicts conventional wisdom of peanut allergies.

The study lead by Dr. Gideon Lack, in London, used two different feeding patterns on infants that were less than a year old and had a high risk of developing the peanut allergy. One group was regularly fed foods that contained peanut, while the other group completely avoided foods with peanut. These feeding patterns were assigned randomly, and continued in each group until the infants reached the age of five. At that point, those who consumed the foods containing peanuts were far less likely to be allergic to peanuts by the time they turned 5 years.

Peanut Allergy Awareness

The results of the study show that early introduction to foods containing peanut greatly decreases the child’s chance of fully developing a peanut allergy later on in life. Giving infants food containing peanut—rather than avoiding the ingredient altogether—may possibly prevent the allergy from fully developing at all. Since the rise of peanut allergies among children is increasing at an alarming rate, the guidelines on how to feed infants who have peanut allergies need to be revised immediately. And the new question to research now is whether or not the same method will conquer other food allergies successfully as well.

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