A new study has revealed that introducing your children to peanuts at an early age can reduce the chance of them developing an allergy.
Letting your children try things for the first time can be pretty nerve-wracking, especially if they are your first child. You don't want them to choke, have an allergic reaction, or simply dislike it so much that they burst into tears. Over the past few years, it has felt as if allergies to certain foods have become more commonplace. There might well be an explanation for that.
Parents are naturally told to avoid letting their children eat nuts for as long as possible. New research shows that might actually be a big mistake, reports ABC. In Australia, experts have discovered that exposing children to peanuts at a young age actually reduces the chance of them developing an allergy to them.
Australia has one of the highest food allergy rates in the world with 10% of all babies born in the country having one. With that figure continually on the rise, something had to be done. Rather than recommending children avoid peanuts and other foods that cause allergies, Australia's government is now advising that parents introduce them one by one at an early age.
Not too early, mind you. The recommended age is somewhere between six and eleven months old. Before rolling out this advice, a study was conducted on 600 children within that age range, all of whom were deemed "high risk" when it comes to food allergies. It found that the risk of those children developing a peanut allergy was reduced by a staggering 80%.
With a never-ending list of things to worry about when you have children, panicking if one of them gets into the peanut butter would be a nice one to cross off the list. As always with this type of advice though, we must remind you that despite the findings of the study, it is always best to consult a doctor should you have any questions about allergies. Plus, even though the risk of allergy is reduced, there is still a chance that your little ones will have a bad reaction when they try nuts for the first time.