These days, most new parents are hesitant to give their kids peanuts for fear of an allergic reaction. But doctors are now saying that you should just bite the bullet…
Earlier this week, a new study was released that encourages parents to introduce peanuts into their child’s diet before they reach a year old. After decades of being told to avoid peanuts, many are wondering — what changed?
Today, peanut allergies affect roughly two percent of children in the U.S. Although that number may sound low, it’s a big jump from the 0.4 percent reported in 1997. Compared to other countries, the U.S. waits longer to introduce peanuts to kids, and experiences peanut allergies at much higher rates.
To find out if there was a connection, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases teamed up with the Immure Tolerance Network. Together, they conducted a clinical trial called Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP). What they found came as a surprise.