Study: kids not exposed to peanuts may develop peanut allergies

October 31, 2008 7:23:00 PM PDT
New research on peanut allergies challenges current medical recommendations.A new study finds children who are not exposed to peanuts at an early age are more likely to develop an allergy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been recommending that children avoid peanuts until age three. But in a new study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers found that children who are not exposed to peanuts in infancy are ten times as likely to develop an allergy.

Experts suggest that future studies test whether peanut consumption during infancy can lower allergy risk.


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