Changing Attitudes About Peanut Introduction
Groundbreaking LEAP study published by National Institutes of Health recommends the early introduction of peanut protein in infants between 4-6 months of age to help reduce the risk of peanut allergy developing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing peanut-containing foods to most infants around 6 months which may help reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.
Know the (New) Facts about Preventing Peanut Allergies.
As a physician I am chagrined that we find ourselves dramatically changing our advice to parents. However, it is necessary as the previous guidelines to avoid allergenic foods in infants were based on perception, not science. That is why it was so important to perform the LEAP and LEAP-On studies, which offer us strong data. We now have information that could prevent many cases of peanut allergy.
Dr. Jim Baker
CEO of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Qualified Health Claim:
For most infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy who are already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing ground peanuts between 4 and 10 months of age and continuing consumption may reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy by 5 years of age. FDA has determined, however, that the evidence supporting this claim is limited to one study. If your infant has severe eczema and/or egg allergy, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.