After being told for years to avoid giving allergens such as peanuts and shellfish to children, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is now recommending that parents introduce children to peanuts in the first four to six months of life, based on their child’s risk level. Below are some excellent guidelines to help determine what that risk level might be and how to include peanuts in a baby’s diet. Always check with your pediatrician first before feeding your child any potential allergens.
Scientists say early and consistent feeding of peanuts can help prevent peanut allergies in children. A food allergy expert explains what parents should know.
By Rebecca Priest
January 31st, 2017
Food allergies have grown in prevalence and severity, and until recently pediatricians have told parents to keep their babies away from peanuts, shellfish and other common allergenic foods.
New recommendations from food allergy experts, however, suggest parents should do exactly the opposite.
This month, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) outlined guidelines for introducing children to peanuts in the first four to six months of life based on each child’s risk level.