Feeding Toddlers Peanuts And Eggs May Lower Allergy Risk

Posted: Sep 21 2016, 5:31am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Feeding Toddlers Peanuts and Eggs may Lower Allergy Risk
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  • Getting Toddlers used to Peanuts and Eggs may Lower Allergic Reactions

It has been surmised that getting toddlers used to eating peanuts and eggs early onwards may lower allergic reactions.

Children ought to be acclimatized to eating eggs and peanuts early onwards on life. This offsets any chances of their developing allergic symptoms later on.

The study, published in the September 20 issue of JAMA, suggested this finding with the emphasis being on early intervention. Over 150 earlier research attempts were analyzed and the data was sifted to reach the gist of the matter.

These previous studies involved 200,000 children. The point in time when these children were  introduced to certain foods during the first year of their lives was noted down. 

Those kids who were fed eggs when they were between the ages of 4 to 6 months old were 40% less likely to get an egg allergy later on. This was in stark contrast to those who were given eggs to eat much later on in their life cycles.

This latter sample of kids did develop allergies which were the bane of their existence. Those kids who were fed peanuts (usually in the form of peanut butter) when they were 4 to 11 months old were 70% less likely to develop a peanut allergy later on too. 

Thus introducing children to a peanut and egg diet early onwards is an ideal recipe for allergy prevention in the later years. This strategy ought to be incorporated into the eating regimens of babies and little children so as to prevent allergic symptoms when they grow up into their more mature years.

Eggs and peanuts remain the most common foods that cause allergic reactions among both children and adults. Yet there is a catch to it. Those children who already have an allergy and those in particular who have eczema should not be introduced to these foods at all.  

The family physician ought to be consulted on this matter. Also whole nuts ought not to be included in the diet since children often choke on them. Instead smooth peanut butter is ideal at such a relatively young age.

Both eggs and peanuts when introduced into the diets of toddlers otherwise did help reduce any chances of an allergic response in the later years. Eggs and peanuts remain a potentially risky food category.

Yet earlier onwards the immune systems of kids get used to these foods and develops defense mechanism against them. Then allergic symptoms will not appear at all. Other food such as milk, fish and wheat should also be introduced early onwards in the child’s diet. 

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