Consuming Peanuts May Lead to Fewer Peanut Allergies

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A new study suggests consuming, not avoiding peanuts may lead to fewer peanut allergies in kids, and that may change recommendations from doctors.

Emma Fabean is a spunky three-year-old who likes to play outside.

But one thing she doesn’t like is peanuts because she is severely allergic to them, and she’s not alone.

The number of children with peanut allergies is rising.

Over the past 20 years, the numbers have more than tripled and these allergies are not to be taken lightly, and can lead to anaphylaxis, a potentially life threatening allergic response.

But a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine might put a big dent in the number of future peanut allergy sufferers.

The study gave one group peanut protein at a very early age, about three to four months.

A second group received the more conventional practice of introducing peanuts later, when a child is about three.

The results were surprising.

“They found out they had like 80 percent reduction of peanut allergies of people who had it who got introduced to peanuts early than those that did not. So that’s why it’s kind of a game changer in the way we are thinking. Maybe now we should introduce it early versus holding it,” said Dr. Thomas Chacko, an allergist.

“Although now we only have the study for peanuts, this will probably change the culture and really introduce allergic foods as early as they are able to.”
 

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