Recent studies have shown that an early exposure to possible allergens may help thwart peanut allergies and will also lead to updates in the health guidelines.
Following the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology have announced that they will be updating health guidelines in terms of allergy treatments and preventions.
The guideline updates will come after recent studies have been revealing that an earlier exposure to a possible allergen may lead to a lowering of the possibility of developing the allergy.
As more tests have been showing that such a method is best applicable to children under one year old, further research will be needed in order to determine the appropriate exposure period for other foods besides peanuts.
One of the tests to be taken into consideration when considering the effects of early allergen exposure is the LEAP trial test.
The respective trial included infants who presented a high risk of developing food allergies and sought to determine the difference an earlier exposure could have on their immune responses.
The results showed that the infants to be presented to the specific nuts between the age of 4 to 6 months were less likely to develop a future peanut allergy.
The new guidelines will help parents by offering several suggestions as to the proper introduction of peanut-containing foods to children that have already eaten solid foods.
As an ACAAI representative went to explain that even though an earlier introduction may have beneficial effects, young children should not be given whole peanuts.
Besides the possible allergen factors, whole peanuts are a possible choking hazards and should also not be used as a child’s introduction to whole, solid foods.
The ACCAI has also already released a video in which parents are given several tips as to an appropriate introduction to peanuts and its effects on future peanut allergies. The video is called “Peanuts and your baby: How to introduce the two.”
The proper introduction age of the various possible allergens in the dietary customs of children has caused quite a number of debates throughout the years.
As former guidelines suggested one year as being the earliest recommended age, recent studies have show that, in most cases, a delay in the exposure to allergenic food may be more harmful than beneficial.
With these possible allergens including eggs and even cow milk, specialists have yet to come to a sole conclusion as the matter still causes controversies.
According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Amal Assa’ad, MD and also ACAAI peanut introduction guidelines co-author, the peanut allergies tests are the only ones to have shown conclusive reports.
The updated ACAAI reports will probably be released sometime in early 2017 and will only include peanut allergies prevention methods, namely, the age-appropriate exposure of the possible allergen to children that present a risk of developing such an allergy.
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