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Peanut-allergy prevention in infants - Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret | UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

hello i am maria garcia Laurette a

pediatric allergist and the co-director

of the food allergy program at UCLA I've

been following children with food

allergies for more than 15 years and

have witnessed the unprecedented rise in

this condition in the general population

that is why today I am very excited to

talk to you about some new developments

in the field of food allergy prevention

a new study has conclusively

demonstrated that introduction of peanut

in babies between the ages of four

months and 11 months reduces the

development of pre nut allergy by more

than eighty percent based on this

finding a group of experts under the

direction of the National Institute of

Health has put together instead of

guidelines recommending that peanut be

incorporated in the diet of all infants

from the ages of four or five months on

there is a caveat however some infants

my already have developed the peanut

allergy even if they never ate it how

would I recognize if my baby already has

a peanut allergy babies with a history

of severe eczema or a history of another

food allergy such as an egg or a milk

allergy are at risk those babies need to

be tested before introducing peanut for

the first time at home so what if your

baby tests positive what if you already

have the peanut allergy don't worry new

treatments have been clearly shown to be

effective in reducing the risk of severe

reactions and some of those treatments

may even cure the disease so the rules

have changed in food allergy both

prevention and treatment are now within

reach

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