Should young kids avoid peanut products?

Should young kids avoid peanut products?

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If you’re allergic to peanuts, or have a child that’s allergic, you’ll know how serious a condition it is. For years, parents have been advised to keep infants away from peanut products. However, recent research suggests that some exposure early on might be harmful in reducing the risks of later allergic reactions.

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The LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergy) study:

Breaking Down the Landmark LEAP Study: What Does it Mean? Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide.

Consensus communication on early peanut introduction and the prevention of peanut allergy in high-risk infants (2015) Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at Risk for Peanut Allergy (2015) New England Journal of Medicine,

Effect of Avoidance on Peanut Allergy after Early Peanut Consumption (2016) New England Journal of Medicine,


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