Preventing Peanut Allergies

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Peanut allergies often develop in childhood and can persist through adulthood. Once a peanut allergy develops, there is no cure or treatment other than avoidance. Reactions can range from mild to life-threatening and can place a significant burden on the child and family.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have recently issued guidelines on the introduction of peanuts in infants to prevent the development of peanut allergy. A randomized controlled clinical trial involving more than 600 infants demonstrated that earlier exposure to peanuts helps build tolerance and decreases the risk of developing peanut allergies. The age of introduction depends on your infant’s risk factors.

For more information visit the NIH summary guidelines. Your pediatrician or pediatric gastroenterologist can assist you in formulating a plan to safely introduce peanuts to your infant.