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Feed Your Kids Peanuts, Early and Often, New Guidelines Urge

Recent peanut guidelines have reversed decades long expert advise to keep peanuts away from children – the view now is that early and frequent exposure to peanuts will keep children safer to peanut allergies.

“The new guidelines, issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Thursday, recommend giving babies puréed food or finger food containing peanut powder or extract before they are 6 months old, and even earlier if a child is prone to allergies and doctors say it is safe to do so. One should never give a baby whole peanuts or peanut bits, experts say, because they can be a choking hazard.”

“If broadly implemented, the new guidelines have the potential to dramatically lower the number of children who develop one of the most common and lethal food allergies, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the institute’s director, who called the new approach “game changing.”

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