Feeding Babies Peanut Snacks Can Help Them Avoid Future Allergies

February 23, 2015 11:10 PM

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Introducing peanut-containing foods into the diets of babies – including those prone to allergies – is a safe practice and drastically reduces their risk of developing peanut allergies later on, according to a landmark clinical trial published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Allergy experts say the finding is likely to lead doctors to begin recommending that toddlers consume peanut butter and other peanut snacks even if they’re deemed to be at high risk because they have asthma, severe eczema, siblings with peanut allergies and other food allergy risks.

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