Peanuts are one of the most common types of food allergens across the world—and one of the most dangerous. Peanut allergies have been on the rise in recent years; it is reported that approximately 2% of all children in the United States already have this food aversion.
A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) has shown that introducing children to peanuts as infants can decrease the likelihood of them developing a peanut allergy later in life. Infants with a family history of eczema or egg allergies are the most at risk, and parents should consider introducing non-solid peanut products as early as four to six months.
Researchers hope this new study will reduce the number of children who develop a reaction to peanuts, as well as give insight into further treatment for those already living with the allergy.
Of course, parents should always refer to an allergist and/or consult a pediatrician before making any dietary changes with your child.