New Peanut Allergy Guidance
January 31st, 2017
New peanut allergy guidelines: Even high-risk kids high risk should try them, experts say.
Parents worried about peanut allergies now have some surprising new guidance: Give some peanut to your babies.
New guidelines out Thursday say that even babies with the highest risk of having a peanut allergy should be given small doses of the nut because it might prevent the allergy from ever developing,
Most kids should get a taste of peanut protein by the time they are 6 months old, and they should get regular doses if they don't have an allergic reaction. Those at highest risk should be tested in a specialist's office.
"We actually want all children to have peanut introduced," Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, an allergy specialist at Children's Hospital Of Colorado, told NBC News.
"There is a window where the immune system isn't going to recognize peanut as dangerous and that we believe happens very, very early."
It's a big change from previous guidelines, which recommended that people keep peanuts and peanut products away from their kids completely until they are 3 years old if there is a risk of allergies.
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