It was scary to listen to her talk about all the food that contains those ingredients. Her daughter can have a severe reaction from touching a table that used to have peanut butter on it or eating a whole wheat noodle that was made a factory that also makes egg noodles. This new research might change give us an insight on how to try and prevent food allergies, but it is bound to be controversial!
From ABC: New research challenges current medical recommendations to new mothers regarding the risk of peanut allergies in babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children not be exposed to peanuts until age three to lower their odds of developing an allergy. But a new study finds children not exposed to peanuts at an early age had the greater allergy risk.
Peanut allergies are on the rise in many developed countries, but researchers have yet to pin down the reasons why. One popular theory is that exposure to peanuts at a young age may cause a child's immune system to over-react and thus trigger the allergy. But new research challenges that theory, suggesting avoiding peanuts could even be raising children's allergy risk.
Researchers compared Jewish school children in Israel to Jewish school children in Great Britain, reasoning they should have similar genetics and similar economic backgrounds. But the two groups differed greatly on peanut eating - 69% of Israeli children had tried peanuts by the age of 9 months, compared to 10% of those in the UK.
And it was the Israeli children who had the lower chance of peanut allergy. Overall, kids who avoided peanuts in infancy were 10 times as likely to develop an allergy as those who were exposed to peanuts.
Experts suggest that future studies should test whether peanut consumption in infancy can reliably lower allergy risk.
Source: published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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