Times have changed. Now we know that introducing peanuts early on may significantly reduce the chances of developing peanut allergy.

We used to believe that by avoiding allergens early in life, we could curb the rate of sensitivity later on. But a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as other evidence, points to the other direction. By introducing small amounts in babies as young as four months, the likelihood of developing an allergy is dramatically reduced. Below are some stats from the Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at Risk for Peanut Allergy.

We know how you feel about the safety of your little one.

So here are the facts…

Peanut allergy prevalence has increased during recent decades and now affects 1-2% of young children in the United States

~Pediatric Experts

Evidence shows routine consumption of peanut may reduce the relative risk of developing peanut allergy by 97%

LEAP Trial (Per-Protocol analysis, infants consuming 6 grams of peanut protein per week)

From the study group overall, only .4% of those exposed to peanuts had developed a peanut allergy

…Compared with more than 13.9% among those who avoided peanuts.

Nearly 100,000 new cases of peanut allergy are estimated to occur annually in the United States and United Kingdom, affecting some 1 in 50 primary school-aged children in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. 

S2 Consensus statement

References


Articles Supporting the Evidence


Medical Trials


Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at Risk for Peanut Allergy

Randomized Trial of Introduction of Allergenic Foods in Breast-Fed Infants

Effect of Avoidance on Peanut Allergy after Early Peanut Consumption

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