Introducing peanut-containing food to babies as early as four months might become the new norm.
It’s long been suggested to hold off introducing foods containing peanuts until age 3 with the thinking it could prevent peanut allergies. But the prevalence of peanut allergies has continued to rise.
Recently, an expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, released new guidelines in hopes of prevent peanut allergies and see those numbers decline.
There are three separate guidelines for infants at various levels of risk for developing peanut allergy.
Keep in mind, parents and caregivers should always check with their health care provider before the introduction of peanut-containing food and, in all cases, infants should start other solid foods before they are introduced to peanut-containing foods. It’s also important to never give the actual nut to a baby,
The institute developed the guidelines as a result of emerging data suggesting peanut allergy can be prevented by early introduction of peanut-containing foods.