Peanut Allergy Guidelines explained – Penn State Children’s Hospital

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

So today I am here to discuss the new peanut
allergy prevention guidelines that have been published by the National Institutes of Health. The high-risk children are those who have
a history of sever eczema, egg allergy or both. And those children should have testing to
evaluate for peanut allergy whether skin testing or blood testing and then depending on the
results, either can have peanut introduced at home or be referred for further evaluation
and possibly peanut introduced in the office and that should be done between ages four
and six months. The second group, the medium risk group, are
children who have mild to moderate eczema and those children do not need additional
testing and should have peanut introduced at home around age 6 months. And then the third group, which is considered
low risk are those children with no history of eczema and no history of any history of
food allergies and those children can have peanut introduced at home at a time that you
know is acceptable to the families. So whatever age they want to introduce it
or what ever is culturally acceptable for the family. But again, there is no evidence that delaying
the introduction of peanut prevents peanut allergy. But the thought is that for children who are
at high risk there’s evidence for introducing peanut early may actually prevent the development
of peanut allergy. The equivalent is two teaspoons of peanut
butter or peanut powder that can be mixed in mashed fruit or mash vegetable or thinned
with water can be mixed in with infant cereal. That would be the way to introduce it. So if you have questions about these new guidelines
specifically about the prevention of peanut allergy in young children please submit them
in the comments below and we would be happy to answer them.

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