New Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines Based on a BRI Program's Study Results
An expert panel from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and other professional societies got together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop new guidelines for the introduction of peanuts to young children.
These new guidelines are based on the results of the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut) study. The study was conducted by the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN), which is BRI's largest program, and made news back in February of 2015. The LEAP study showed that by introducing peanut into the diet of young children at high risk for peanut allergy between the ages of 4 and 11 months, the incidence of those who developed peanut allergy was greatly reduced compared to those children who did not have this early exposure to peanut.
The new guidelines, which are intended for physicians, were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.