New Guidelines For Introducing Babies to Peanuts Are the Exact Opposite of What You've Been Told
In the last 10 to 15 years, the prevalence of peanut allergies in children has increased like crazy, causing schools to become nut-free and parents to become more worried.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has released new guidelines for introducing peanuts to children, and the new recommendations suggest that depending on the level of risk an infant has for developing a peanut allergy, peanuts should be introduced into their diet earlier — as early as 4 months — rather than later to potentially prevent them from developing an allergy.
So, what does this mean for you? Allergist Dr. David Erstein wants to help decrease the amount of worry associated with peanut allergies by helping to lower the rate of children who develop the allergy in the first place.
According to three in-depth peanut allergy studies — LEAP, LEAP-On, and EAT — introducing peanuts to children as young as 5 months old significantly reduces the prevalence of peanut allergies. Dr. Erstein, who has developed a system for introducing peanuts to children based off the extensive scientific research from these studies, shared some tips with us to help make your child's first time eating peanuts a worry-free one.
Read through for five tips to help you begin adding peanuts to your child's diet.