Giving Peanut-based foods to babies can prevent allergies

Doctors have come up with a new conclusion that giving Peanut-based food items to babies can prevent allergies. Giving such food items is recommended before the baby turns one.

The guidelines were given by the US National Institutes of Health and the recommendation was released to give infants peanut-based food.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • All babies should try other solid foods before peanut-containing ones, to be sure they’re developmentally ready.
  • High-risk babies should have peanut-containing foods introduced as early as four to six months after a checkup to tell if they should have the first taste in the doctor’s office, or if it’s OK to try at home with a parent watching for any reactions.
  • Moderate-risk babies have milder eczema, typically treated with over-the-counter creams. They should start peanut-based foods around six months, at home.
  • Most babies are low-risk, and parents can introduce peanut-based foods along with other solids, usually around six months.
  • Building tolerance requires making peanut-based foods part of the regular diet, about three times a week.

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