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THE ANSWER, AND IT TURNS OUT THERE COULD BE A SIMPLE WAY TO THERE COULD BE A SIMPLE WAY TO PREVENT THEM. PREVENT THEM.>>Reporter: NEARLY 6 MILLION>>Reporter: NEARLY 6 MILLION CHILDREN IN THE U.S. NOW SUFFER CHILDREN IN THE U.S. NOW SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES. FROM FOOD ALLERGIES. THAT’S EQUAL TO TWO STUDENTS IN THAT’S EQUAL TO TWO STUDENTS IN EVERY CLASSROOM. EVERY CLASSROOM. WITH A DANGEROUS CONDITION THAT WITH A DANGEROUS CONDITION THAT CAN EASILY TURN DEADLY IF CAN EASILY TURN DEADLY IF SOMEONE AROUND THEM IS NOT SOMEONE AROUND THEM IS NOT CAREFUL. CAREFUL. DOCTORS SAY IT’S ONLY GETTING DOCTORS SAY IT’S ONLY GETTING WORSE. WORSE.>>IT’S A RISE THAT IS AN>>IT’S A RISE THAT IS AN EPIDEMIC BY DEFINITION. EPIDEMIC BY DEFINITION. FOR SOME COUNTRIES, IT IS FOR SOME COUNTRIES, IT IS DOUBLING EVERY TEN YEARS. DOUBLING EVERY TEN YEARS.>>Reporter: SUCH A DRAMATIC>>Reporter: SUCH A DRAMATIC INCREASE HAS BEEN A MYSTERY INCREASE HAS BEEN A MYSTERY UNTIL NOW. UNTIL NOW. SOME OF THE WORLD’S TOP SOME OF THE WORLD’S TOP RESEARCHERS THINK THE FOOD RESEARCHERS THINK THE FOOD ALLERGY EPIDEMIC IS CAUSED BY ALLERGY EPIDEMIC IS CAUSED BY WHAT THEY SAY WAS BAD ADVICE WHAT THEY SAY WAS BAD ADVICE GIVEN TO PARENTS FOR MUCH OF THE GIVEN TO PARENTS FOR MUCH OF THE PAST 20 YEARS. PAST 20 YEARS.>>THEY WERE SEEING A SLIGHT>>THEY WERE SEEING A SLIGHT UPTICK IN FOOD ALLERGY INCIDENTS UPTICK IN FOOD ALLERGY INCIDENTS ACROSS THE U.S., SO THEY STARTED ACROSS THE U.S., SO THEY STARTED A GUIDELINE. A GUIDELINE. LET’S TELL PARENTS JUST TO DELAY LET’S TELL PARENTS JUST TO DELAY THE INTRODUCTION OF PEANUTS, THE INTRODUCTION OF PEANUTS, SHRIMP, EGG, MILK TO SOME SHRIMP, EGG, MILK TO SOME EXTENT, AND THEN ALL TREE NUTS. EXTENT, AND THEN ALL TREE NUTS.>>WITH THIS DEVICE OF ZLADELAYI>>WITH THIS DEVICE OF ZLADELAYI SOME OF THESE ALLERGIES, WAS IT SOME OF THESE ALLERGIES, WAS IT DANGEROUS? DANGEROUS?>>WE SAW THE UPTICK GO LIKE>>WE SAW THE UPTICK GO LIKE THIS. THIS.>>Reporter: STANFORD UNIVERSITY>>Reporter: STANFORD UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER SAID NEW RESEARCH RESEARCHER SAID NEW RESEARCH FOUND INTRODUCING CHILDREN TO FOUND INTRODUCING CHILDREN TO COMMON ALLERGIES LIKE PEANUT COMMON ALLERGIES LIKE PEANUT LATER IN LIFE CAN CAUSE THE BODY LATER IN LIFE CAN CAUSE THE BODY TO THINK IT IS A FOREIGN TO THINK IT IS A FOREIGN INVADER, SPASHRKING ALLERGIC INVADER, SPASHRKING ALLERGIC REACTIONS IN SOME PEOPLE. REACTIONS IN SOME PEOPLE. NOW ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE NOW ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS HAVE ENCOURAGED EARLY HAVE ENCOURAGED EARLY INTRODUCTION OF PEANUTS TO INTRODUCTION OF PEANUTS TO INFANTS TO PREVENT ALLERGIES INFANTS TO PREVENT ALLERGIES FROM DEVELOPING. FROM DEVELOPING. ONE LANDMARK STUDY FOUND FEEDING ONE LANDMARK STUDY FOUND FEEDING INFANTS PEANUTS REDUCED THE RATE INFANTS PEANUTS REDUCED THE RATE OF FOOD ALLERGIES BY UP TO 80%. OF FOOD ALLERGIES BY UP TO 80%.>>I WAS TOLD, NO PEANUTS, NO>>I WAS TOLD, NO PEANUTS, NO EGGS, NO SHELLFISH, AND THE LIST EGGS, NO SHELLFISH, AND THE LIST IS SO BIG. IS SO BIG.>>Reporter: NEW MOTHER SAMPLES>>Reporter: NEW MOTHER SAMPLES SUFFERS FROM FOOD ALLERGIES SUFFERS FROM FOOD ALLERGIES HERSELF, PUTTING 7-MONTH-OLD HERSELF, PUTTING 7-MONTH-OLD ISABELLA AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING ISABELLA AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING THEM. THEM. ARMED WITH INFORMATION FROM HER ARMED WITH INFORMATION FROM HER DOCTOR, SHE’S DOING SOMETHING DOCTOR, SHE’S DOING SOMETHING SHE SAYS WAS FRIGHTENING AT SHE SAYS WAS FRIGHTENING AT FIRST. FIRST. FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS, SHE’S FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS, SHE’S BEEN FEETDING HER DAUGHTER A BEEN FEETDING HER DAUGHTER A SPECIAL POWDER WITH 16 RISKY SPECIAL POWDER WITH 16 RISKY FOODS, INCLUDING SHELLFISH, FOODS, INCLUDING SHELLFISH, EGGS, FOODS SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD EGGS, FOODS SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD TO AVOID. TO AVOID.>>TERRIFIED TO GIVE HER>>TERRIFIED TO GIVE HER SOMETHING SHE COULD MAYBE BE SOMETHING SHE COULD MAYBE BE ALLERGIC TO. ALLERGIC TO. IT WAS THIS WEIRD ROLLER COASTER IT WAS THIS WEIRD ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTIONS. OF EMOTIONS. I REALIZED I DON’T WANT HER TO I REALIZED I DON’T WANT HER TO HAVE THE ASTHMA ALLERGIES I HAVE THE ASTHMA ALLERGIES I HAVE. HAVE.>>Reporter: FOR BABIES AT HIGH>>Reporter: FOR BABIES AT HIGH RISK, THOSE WITH SEVERE ECZEMA RISK, THOSE WITH SEVERE ECZEMA OR SEVERE FAMILY HISTORY, THEY OR SEVERE FAMILY HISTORY, THEY HAVE TO BE TESTED BY DOCTORS HAVE TO BE TESTED BY DOCTORS BEFORE STARTING RISKY FOODS. BEFORE STARTING RISKY FOODS. BABY ISABELLA HASN’T HAD ANY BABY ISABELLA HASN’T HAD ANY ALLERGIC REACTIONS SO FAR. ALLERGIC REACTIONS SO FAR. NOW, HER MOTHER HOPES SHE’LL NOW, HER MOTHER HOPES SHE’LL NEVER HAVE THEM. NEVER HAVE THEM.>>MANY PARENTS, IT MIGHT SEEM>>MANY PARENTS, IT MIGHT SEEM SCARY TO GIVE YOUR INFANTS THESE SCARY TO GIVE YOUR INFANTS THESE FOODS. FOODS. ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DEVELOPED ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DEVELOPED GUIDELINES ON HOW TO DO IT GUIDELINES ON HOW TO DO IT SAFELY. SAFELY. BABIES AT HIGH RISK FOR BABIES AT HIGH RISK FOR DEVELOPINGAL ALLERGYIES WITH STA DEVELOPINGAL ALLERGYIES WITH STA PEANUT FOODS AT 4 TO 6 MONTHS PEANUT FOODS AT 4 TO 6 MONTHS BUT NEED TO BE EVALUATED BY BUT NEED TO BE EVALUATED BY THEIR DOCTOR. THEIR DOCTOR. BABIES WITH MODERATE TO MILD BABIES WITH MODERATE TO MILD ECZEMA CAN START PEANUTS AT HOME ECZEMA CAN START PEANUTS AT HOME AT 6 MONTHS.


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