Now, the National Institutes of Health have new guidelines.
They say parents should introduce small amounts of peanut products to babies who are between 4 and 6 months of age.
Studies out of Israel and England showed that children who were given peanut products early didn’t have allergies later in life and the ones who had allergies had less severe symptoms.
If there’s a history of peanut allergies in the family, it’s recommended that baby be fed a diluted peanut product in the doctor’s office under the supervision of the medical staff.
Building tolerance requires that children be fed peanut products several times a week.
If there’s a sibling in the home with severe peanut allergies, ask the doctor for how to avoid contact with peanuts as well as a plan for an emergency if contact should happen.
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