Myth Buster: Preventing Peanut Allergy
In January of 2017, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) released guidelines recommending the introduction of appropriate peanut foods to infants with an egg allergy or severe eczema to lower their risk of developing a peanut allergy.
With that said, these guidelines have been met with obvious contention and have gone against what has been previously accepted as the right path to prevent food allergies.
Take a look at the guidelines below and share your thoughts with us.
2017 NSAID Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States
Guideline 1: Babies with severe eczema, egg allergy or both are at highest risk for peanut allergy. Introduce age-appropriate peanut foods to these high-risk infants as early as 4 to 6 months of age, after introducing other foods first to make sure the baby is ready for solid food. Your doctor should consider testing for peanut allergy before the baby eats peanut for the first time, using a blood test, a skin prick test, or both. Test results can help your doctor decide if your child should be introduced to peanut at home, in a doctor’s office, or at a specialized medical facility where experienced personnel can conduct an oral food challenge.
Guideline 2: If your baby has mild to moderate eczema, introduce age-appropriate peanut foods at around age 6 months, consistent with your family’s diet, to reduce your child’s risk of developing peanut allergy. A doctor’s evaluation is optional before giving your baby peanut. Introduce other foods before peanut to make sure the baby is ready for solid food.
Guideline 3: Babies with no eczema or food allergy can be introduced freely to age-appropriate peanut foods, in keeping with the family’s diet.