Peanut allergy prevention

Peanut Allergy Prevention

New research is starting to provide us with clear, reliable data that can decrease your child’s risk of developing food allergy.  A report published in March 2015 recommended introducing high risk foods such as peanut butter and whole egg between 9 and 12 months of age.  Now, a new report, supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recommends introducing peanut butter even earlier.

If your baby has severe eczema or egg allergy in the first four months of life, he should be tested for peanut allergy right away.  If he has a negative test, he should received peanut butter between four and six months of age.

All other babies, especially those with mild to moderate eczema, should start peanut butter at six months of age.

When and how to introduce peanut butter safely will be discussed at your child’s 4 or 6 month well child visit.  Please call us if you have any questions.

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