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Study: Parents Can Reduce Child's Chance of Peanut Allergy

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<p>A new study by The New England Journal of Medicine says parents should be embracing peanuts, instead of avoiding them, introducing children to them at a much younger age than recommended. By doing this, parents could decrease their child’s chance of developing a peanut allergy by about eighty percent. </p> <p>There are certain pediatric rules Auberry mother Juniper Zacek was told to follow for her nine month old daughter Faith Audrey.</p> <p>&quot;I’ve just been told not to give her peanut butter so hence I’ve never given her peanuts,&quot; Zacek said. </p> <p>Restricting an infants diet from peanuts has always been a big rule among doctors, but now a new study shows that may actually be the wrong advice. </p> <p>&quot;This study says that if you introduce some foods, such as peanuts earlier in life, you develop an immunity to those things,&quot; Director of The Allergy Institute, Dr. A.M. Aminian said.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />The study says parents should in fact introduce children to peanuts, and that will decrease their chance of developing a peanut allergy.</p><p>It’s something Zacek said makes sense.<br /></p><p>&quot;If they’re not allowed to have them then they wouldn’t be used to having them, then as they grow, they may have a reaction to them because it’s foreign to them,&quot; Zacek said. </p><p>But Doctor A.M. Aminian said more research needs to be done before parents start spoon feeding peanut butter to their infants. <br /><br />&quot;At this time, we should follow the pediatrician recommendation for the proper nutrition, and we need more studies to confirm this study before we can make a conclusion out of it,&quot; Aminian said.</p> <p>Fresno Unified Director of Health Services Diane Torna said about 2-4 percent of students suffer from some type of allergies, and peanut allerigies have been on the rise so the study comes at a time when more research is needed.</p> <p>&quot;Research does drive guidelines, and so they will look at it again. And they do in medicine. It’s always medicine based, and they do change recommendations,&quot; Torna said. </p> <p>Doctor Aminian said if you would like to start introducing your child to peanuts, you should consult your pediatrician first. </p> <p>For a full look at the study, visit: <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1414850?query=featured_home">http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1414850?query=featured_home</a>.<br /></p></div>

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