Is it okay to give peanuts to my baby?

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The National Institutes of Health released new guidelines suggesting parents introduce their infants to peanut-containing foods as early as 4-6 mo to prevent peanut allergy. The new guidelines are based on recent research that finds early exposure to potential allergens helps prevent allergies, even in children at high risk for allergies.

The National Institutes of Health created guidelines for parents and caregivers. They say that parents of children with eczema or an egg allergy should start peanut exposure very young. However, it's important they do so under the guidance of their infant's health care provider, potentially with medical supervision as well. You may wish to refer the family to ...