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Give peanut to babies early to reduce risk of allergy

Sun Online Desk     6th January, 2017 10:57:35 printer

Give peanut to babies early to reduce risk of allergy

 

Babies should be given peanut early - some at four months old - in order to reduce the risk of allergy.

 

Studies have shown the risk of peanut allergy can be cut by more than 80% by early exposure.

 

However, young children should not eat whole peanuts, because of the risk of choking.

 

Children with other allergies or severe eczema should start on peanut-containing foods at between four and six months old, with medical supervision

 

Babies with mild eczema should have peanut-containing food at about six months old

 

Those with no eczema or allergies can have peanut-containing food freely introduced

 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the new guidance was "an important step forward".

 

 

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