Peanut Allergy Guideline Update

Peanut allergy affects thousands of children nationwide and it is growing in prevalence. In 1999, it was estimated that 0.4% of children were affected by peanut allergy. By 2010, that number had increased to approximately 2%. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with the help of 25 other organizations, has recently added an addendum to its clinical guidelines on when peanut-containing foods should be introduced to children. This change was instituted as a result of a groundbreaking study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in hopes that early introduction of peanut may slow the growth of peanut allergy. The Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP)

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