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Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Peanut allergies can be among a parent's biggest worries, though we've had good evidence for more than a year that when most babies are 6 months old or so, introducing foods that contain finely ground peanuts can actually reduce babies' chances of becoming allergic to the legumes. Even so, many parents are scared to do that.

At this week's annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in San Francisco, doctors are discussing the coming federal guidelines about how and when to safely add peanuts to an infant's diet.

The final version, being developed under the auspices of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, won't be released until early next year. But Dr. Amal Assa'ad, an immunologist and allergist with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center who helped write the recommendations, offered Shots a hint of where she and her colleagues are headed.


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