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If you’ve been following along with our blog over the last year, you might have noticed two things that I keep writing about: peanut allergies and eczema. Like I’ve mentioned before, emerging published research continues to point out that parents should consider introducing peanuts to infants at an early age, in order to prevent peanut allergies in the future.
For years, dermatologists didn’t think that eczema and allergies were related. With the help of allergists, however, Nashville dermatologists like myself have come to realize that kids with severe eczema or egg allergies in their first year of life are truly the group at highest risk for developing peanut allergies.
Now, supported by multiple scientific articles, including the findings of the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) clinical trial, this research is officially accepted in the field of medicine. As a result, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases introduced guidelines to provide recommendations for infants at various risk levels.
Severe eczema and/or egg allergy: Consider food allergy testing, and based on test results, introduce peanut-containing foods at four to six months.
Mild to moderate eczema: Introduce peanut-containing foods around six months.
No eczema or food allergy: Introduce peanut-containing foods at the appropriate age, in accordance with family and cultural preferences.
You should be aware that the guidelines do not recommend allergy testing for foods other than peanuts, as this could lead to misinterpretation or overdiagnosis of food allergy and unnecessary dietary restrictions. In fact, peanuts themselves pose a choking risk for infants under five years of age! Wondering how you can introduce it in a safe way with your children in Nashville?
The guidelines recommend the following options:
Mixing smooth peanut butter with milk or pureed fruit
Bamba (an Israeli snack food)
Finely ground peanuts mixed with other foods, such as yoghurt
Still have more questions, and want to learn more about how you can tackle peanut allergies and eczema? Please visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.