By Rachael Hunter

Turns out feeding babies food containing peanuts might protect them from allergies to the nuts later in life. The National Institutes of Health today presented a drastic shift in advice by claiming its research found that early exposure to peanut-based foods dramatically reduces a baby’s chances of becoming allergic.

It issued new guidelines as to how to introduce infants to peanut-based foods as early as four- to -six-months-old, depending on where they fall on the risk scale. High-risk babies should be seen by a doctor before the first taste.

Other tots can be introduced peanut-containing foods the same way they would oatmeal, apple sauce or other mushed foods. But please, don’t do it on your own – ask your child’s doctor for guidance.


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