Doctors support NIH’s new peanut-allergy guidelines

Doctors support NIH’s new peanut-allergy guidelines

Bloomington-Normal area doctors have supported the National Institutes of Health’s new guidelines inclusion of peanuts in baby foods.

The NIH advised in its revised guidelines that children should be exposed to peanut-containing foods starting the age of 6 months as it would help build protection against scary peanut allergies. Some babies can be exposed to peanut-containing foods as early as 4 months of age.

The new guidelines represent a drastic change in opinion as many pediatricians had previously been advising parents to avoid feeding their babies with foods containing peanuts until age 3.

Dr. Andrea Kane, a pediatrician at Advocate Children’s Medical Group in Bloomington, welcomed the new guidelines, saying she was very excited because the new guidelines confirmed what she had been doing for the last 1½ year.

Dr. Robert Kocur, an allergist/immunologist at OSF Medical Group-College Avenue in Bloomington, said, “I think, for the most part, the recommendations are good. It potentially represents a very hopeful thing for all of us to reduce the incidence of allergies.”

The new guidelines are based on the 2015 NIH-funded study, which found that 2 per cent of children in the United States who ate peanuts became allergic but 14 per cent of those who avoided peanuts become suffered the same health issue.

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