Did you know Food and Allergy Awareness Week was May 14-20, 2017? Well, it’s never too late to be aware of Peanut Allergies.
One of the most common food allergies in children is peanuts, and the prevalence in the United States is increasing. Food allergies most often begin in the first 2 years of life. In countries, including the United States, where peanut introduction is delayed, peanut allergies have more than doubled in young children. The Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) trial was the first randomized trial to show the benefit of early introduction of peanut into a child’s diet resulting in a decreased risk of developing peanut allergy.
Children who are at increased risk for developing a peanut allergy include:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently introduced new guidelines for the introduction of peanuts.
There are two methods for allergy testing: blood testing for peanut-specific IgE or skin prick testing.
When introducing peanuts to an infant, remember whole nuts and peanut butter can be a chocking hazard. We suggest adding water to smooth peanut butter and make a puree. Put the puree on the tip of the spoon and feed your child. Wait and watch for any reactions. Allergic reactions to peanuts can include hives (raised, red areas of skin that are itchy), swelling of the tongue, trouble breathing/wheezing, vomiting or diarrhea.
For further information on food allergies visit
- FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) foodallergy.org