Introducing Peanuts To Babies Can Help Fight Allergy Development

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Warren holds a baby in North Hampton.
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Warren holds a baby in North Hampton. (Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

If you want your kid to avoid having allergies, you only have to feed them early with peanuts. A new guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revealed introducing peanuts to babies can help them fight developing allergic reactions.

The study was an update and replacement to the AAP's 2008 report about preventing atopic diseases in children like asthma, skin conditions, and food allergies published in the journal Pediatrics, Time reported. Although it is still developing, there is more evidence today that suggest introducing some foods early to kids may help them avoid the development of food allergies.

Doctors earlier thought that delaying introducing common allergens like peanuts, eggs, and milk to kids could aid in hindering the development of allergies. But in 2008, the AAP guidelines disclosed there was no reason to refrain them from eating these foods beyond four to six-months-old.  

In fact, the new guideline urged parents to introduce eating peanuts earlier. There were multiples studies that showed children who were at high risk of having peanut allergies like severe eczema, egg allergies, or has a family history of allergy should be introduced to foods with peanuts as early as four to six-months-old. But still, it has to be under medical supervision.

"There is no reason to delay giving your baby foods that are thought of as allergens like peanut products, eggs, or fish," said Dr. Scott Sicherer, an allergist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and co-author of the report, via Healthline. "These foods can be added to the diet early, just like foods that are not common allergens, like rice, fruits, or vegetables."

By doing it, it could help to reduce the possibility of developing allergies later in life. However, in the recent study, if the children were only at moderate risk, they should be given with peanuts at around six-months-old, while kids at low risk could eat anything appropriate.  

Dr. Purvi Parikh, an allergist in New York and a spokesperson for the Allergy & Asthma Network, explained the immune system is starting developing very early in life. So if parents could help it change at an early point, they could alter their children's "destiny" regarding health.

Dr. A. Wesley Burks, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and co-author of the report, urged parents to ask their pediatrician or allergist about allergy symptoms and if their children need to be tested. The doctors could help identify the changes in your kids' body, and some of the allergies could even fade away as they grow older.

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