Introducing Peanut-Based Foods To Babies Could Prevent Allergies Later

This is interesting and we’ve often wondered why peanut allergies seem to have skyrocketed in the past 20 years or so. Well, it turns out giving babies food with peanuts could keep them from getting allergies to peanuts later in life. Huh!

The National Institutes of Health is giving the advice which is a dramatic change from its previous advice. Researchers say they’ve found early exposure to peanut-based foods can dramatically reduce a baby’s chances of becoming allergic. The NIH issued the new guidelines as to how to introduce infants to peanut-based foods as early as four- to -six-months-old, depending on where they fall on the risk scale.  High-risk babies should consult their pediatrician first, whereas other babies can be introduced peanut-containing foods the same way they would oatmeal, apple sauce or other mushed foods.

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