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Preventing peanut allergies with peanuts

Posted 12/1/2016 by UHBlog

Infographic: Preventing peanut allergies with peanuts

More kids than ever have peanut allergies. Now, health experts are advising a new way of preventing them – with peanut butter.

A statement released by 10 medical groups recommends infants at high risk for allergies eat peanut products early, between 4 and 11 months. Children qualify as high risk if they have other food allergies or eczema, or if another family member has peanut allergies. If this describes your child, talk with your child’s doctor. Feeding your child peanut products, such as smooth peanut butter, might help. The doctor can guide you on how to safely do so. Avoid giving whole peanuts or even smaller pieces to children under 5 as they are a choking hazard.

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