Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent allergy: NIH

Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent allergy: NIH

Babies who are fed regularly with peanut-containing foods starting around six months of age face lower risk of suffering scary allergy, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) new guidelines.

Issuing new guidelines on Thursday, the NIH issued said that most babies should regularly be fed with peanut-containing foods starting at the age of 6 months, some as early as 4 months.

The new guidelines mark a major shift in dietary advice for kids in a country where peanut-related allergy is one of the most dangerous food allergies.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, said, “It’s an important step forward. When you do desensitize them from an early age, you have a very positive effect.”

Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, a member of the NIH-appointed advisory panel which wrote the new guidelines, said the change would hopefully be able to prevent a huge number of cases of peanut allergy among kids.

Peanut allergy is a growing health issue in the U.S., affecting nearly 2 per cent of American children who must either avoid the broad array of peanut-containing foods or suffer severe, life-threatening, reactions.