Have Scientists Found a Way to Prevent Peanut Allergies?

Mar 9, 2016

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Saving your child from peanut allergies could actually be really simple, reports Quartz.com. The prevalence of the potentially life-threatening allergy  has risen more than 300% in the US since 1997. But last year, a team of British researchers struck on a promising method.

These scientists reasoned that if infants were given peanuts frequently between the ages of four and 11 months, they might be less likely to have allergies at age five. This went against the old idea that parents should not feed potentially allergy-triggering foods to their kids until they got older.

But last week, the researchers were proven correct. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined children at high risk for peanut allergies and found that the benefits of early peanut exposure to persisted.

It now seems clear that “early consumption of peanuts gives you long-lasting protection against peanut allergy.”