Clinical Guidelines Issued for Preventing Peanut Allergy

Clinical Guidelines Issued for Preventing Peanut Allergy

In the age of childhood food allergies, it might seem counterintuitive to expose your child to potential allergens. "The magnitude of the benefit and the scientific strength of the study raised the need to operationalize these findings by developing clinical recommendations focused on peanut allergy prevention", said Daniel Rotrosen, M.D., director of NIAID's Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation.

The guidelines put babies into three groups: babies with no known allergies, babies with mild to moderate eczema and babies with severe eczema or an already established egg allergy.

For other tots, most parents can start adding peanut-containing foods to the diet much like they already introduced oatmeal or mushed peas. Parents can either introduce these children to peanut-containing food at 4 to 6 months or get a reference to an allergist who will give the child a skin prick test or a blood test to see whether the infant is allergic to peanuts. Right: A jar of peanut butter.

Fauci said the new guidelines will "save lives and lower health care costs".

"Allergy is a hard thing to pin down, but observational studies show that the rate of peanut allergy is at least three times higher now than it was a couple of decades ago", said Chan.

The NIAID said peanut allergies are a growing health problem with no treatment or cure.

In recent years, peanut allergies among kids have soared, creating life-long sensitivities that can be deadly and banishing beloved PB&Js from lunch boxes everywhere.

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The number of children allergic to peanuts in the USA has risen dramatically in recent decades, and new guidelines being released Thursday may help reduce a child's risk of developing a peanut allergy.

Experts note that giving kids this young whole peanuts or straight-up peanut butter creates a choking hazard and should always be avoided. Experts believed this would reduce the risk of them developing a peanut allergy, but now they believe it's the other way around. Some may decide that with low readings, the child could be given peanuts at home, while others may suggest giving a child peanuts for the first time in a doctor's office anyway.

What's the evidence? First, researchers noticed a tenfold higher rate of peanut allergy among Jewish children in Britain, who aren't fed peanut products during infancy, compared to those in Israel where peanut-based foods are common starting around age 7 months.

Dr. Greenhawt said these new guidelines won't compete eradicate peanut allergies in children, but they're a great start. They can also sprinkle peanut powder or stir nut paste into yogurt, apple sauce, or other easy-to-swallow foods.

"That's why the first feeding of peanut-containing food needs to be under close supervision, because there's just some random kids who get peanut allergies for no real reason that we know of", she points out. Poole said she has recommended dabbing a bit of peanut butter on a baby's lip, allowing him or her to taste it and then offering more in small amounts. Brooks said he followed the recommendations with his now 11-year-old son, who had a number of risk factors.

About 5 percent of Americans have food allergies of some sort, and 1 to 2 percent have peanut allergies.

The guideline implications could potentially reduce the prevalence of peanut allergies in the U.S.