Introducing Infants to Peanuts, Lowers risk of Peanut Allergy

In the very beginning, let I clear that Indians are not that concerned about Peanut Allergy. Why? as Indians seldom think about it. It’s simply out of our information radar.

The allergy to peanuts or peanut allergy in children is more common in Developed Countries, where 1 to 3 percent of children are allergic to peanuts (in Hindi Moongfali). Here in India, children are introduced to peanuts right from the day the infant starts taking solid food. We even encourage the child to chew it, right from the day he/she starts showing four teeth. Most Indians are not that afraid of the choking hazard, which is quite understandable as well.

Not digressing from the topic too much, a new perennial Study conducted by the researchers at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, finds that contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies.

That’s Introducing Infants to Peanuts, Lowers risk of Allergies. [Infant is typically applied to young children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions may vary between birth and 1 year of age, or even between birth and 2 years of age.]

The Peanut Allergy Study

640 children, aged 4 months to 11 months, who were considered at high risk of becoming allergic to peanuts either because of a pre-existing egg allergy or eczema, which can be linked to peanut allergy; were divided into Two groups. One group was fed with foods containing Peanut puree. The other group was not fed peanuts in any form until they turned five.

The study found that by age five, 1 in a 100 children who was fed peanuts developed a peanut allergy, compared to approximately 20 in a 100 in the group that avoided peanuts entirely.

This made the researchers conclude that the best way to lower the risk of allergies is to introduce infants to peanuts.

Some experts are seeing the findings as pointing to a possible earlier introduction of food to decrease body’s allergic reaction to those foods.

The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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