'Early peanut intake could prevent allergy'

February 25, 2015 6:37 AM

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Turning what was once conventional wisdom on its head, a new study suggests that many, if not most peanut allergies, can be prevented by feeding young children food containing peanuts beginning in infancy, rather than avoiding such foods.

About 2% of American children are allergic to peanuts, a figure that has more than quadrupled since 1997 for reasons that are not entirely clear. There have also been big increases in other Western countries. For some people, even traces of peanuts can be life-threatening.

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