Dr. Warrier Talks About Preventing Peanut Allergies

The prevalence of peanut allergies in children is on the rise. “It has more than doubled within the last couple of decades,” Dr. Priya Warrier told WKYT in an interview.

Watch the full clip below:

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Doctors trying to prevent children peanut allergies

Summary of interview:

Why has the prevalence of peanut allergies increased?

Previously, it was thought avoidance was the best way to protect children. However, research shows that avoiding peanuts in the early years may have caused children to become allergic.

When should you introduce peanuts to your child?

It depends on your child. If your child has severe eczema and food allergies, it’s important to get them seen by an allergist concerning peanut allergies between four and six months of age.

Why is that an important time?

Research suggests the immune system is still developing at this time and introducing peanut protein during this period may prevent the allergy.

How do you introduce peanuts?

It’s important not to introduce whole peanuts or small pieces of peanuts, as it is a choking hazard.  When introducing the peanut protein to your child, Dr. Warrier recommends using smooth peanut butter pureed in other foods or using a small amount on a spoon for your child to lick.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding food allergies, talk to your pediatrician or allergist to get answers!