Doctors recommend early exposure to prevent peanut allergies

Doctors recommend early exposure to prevent peanut allergies
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. In a statement released online Monday, Aug. 25, 2015 in the journal Pediatrics, a pediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be fed foods containing peanuts before they turn 1. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

A pediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.

The interim guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year that found that exposure to peanuts in infancy seemed to help build tolerance—contrary to conventional thinking.

Baby suitable foods used in the study included smooth , peanut soup and finely ground peanuts mixed into yogurt and other foods.

The advice comes in a consensus statement that the American Academy of Pediatrics helped prepare and endorsed in June along with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and several foreign allergy groups.

The academy is releasing the statement online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Allergy tests are recommended before exposing at-risk infants to peanut-containing foods between 4 months and 11 months of age.

These are youngsters who've had skin reactions to eating eggs or a severe eczema skin rash, which suggests a possible food allergy.

The recommendations are meant to serve as interim guidance while more extensive guidelines are prepared by the National Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Those are expected by next year, the said.


Explore further

Peanut in household dust linked to peanut allergy in children with eczema during infancy

More information: American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.org

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: www.aaaai.org

Journal information: Pediatrics

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Doctors recommend early exposure to prevent peanut allergies (2015, August 25) retrieved 18 June 2021 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-08-doctors-early-exposure-peanut-allergies.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
46 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments