Exposing Children To Peanuts Early In Life May Prevent Peanut Allergy

If you have a child with peanut allergy, here is some fantastic news. A recent groundbreaking study reveals a revolutionary new way of thinking about peanut allergy in children, reports James A. Pollowitz, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, an allergy, asthma and immunology specialist with Westchester Health Pediatrics, in his highly-informative blog.

Two studies reveal that exposing children to peanuts at an early age (4-6 months) rather than avoiding them may prevent peanut allergy.

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James A. Pollowitz, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

According to Dr. Pollowitz’s blog, the February 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of the “Learning Early about Peanut Allergy” (LEAP) trial which found that 13.7% of children in the peanut-avoidance group developed allergy while only 1.9% in the consumption group did so.

In addition, a follow-up study, “LEAP–On,” reported at the March 2016 meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology that children fed peanuts early in life did not develop allergic reactions to peanuts compared to those who avoided peanuts.

Even when non-allergic children stopped eating peanuts after 5 years, their lack of allergy persisted for the next year.

Dr. Pollowitz states that pediatricians might start recommending this method of early exposure to prevent peanut (and perhaps other food) allergies. In fact, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is suggesting the creation of new guidelines for health professionals regarding this new information.

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To read Dr. Pollowitz’s blog in full, click here.

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