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Kids With Food Allergies hosted a webinar on January 26, 2017, about Reducing Risk of Peanut Allergy – A Review of New Guidelines.

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Our guest speakers for this webinar were:

  • Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc, a pediatric allergist and co-director of the Food Challenge and Research Unit at Children's Hospital of Colorado and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Carina Venter, PhD, RD, a research associate and dietitian at the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Both served on the Expert Panel of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Expert Panel included leaders from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and worked to update clinical guidelines to help prevent the development of peanut allergy.

The guidelines recommend introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants as early as 4 and 6 months of age. How peanut-containing foods should be introduced to infants depends on the infant’s risk level.

The webinar discussed:

  • How and why the new guidelines were created
  • A review of the research behind the decision to change the guidelines
  • What is included in the new guidelines
  • What the risk levels are and how infants in each group should be introduced to peanuts
  • What types of peanut-containing foods parents should give to infants

AAFA and KFA are grateful to have two panel experts donate their time to prepare and give this webinar.

Additional Resources

New Guidelines for Early Introduction of Peanut
Release of new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about preventing the development of peanut allergy.

Landmark Study May Change How We Feed Peanut Butter to Infants
All about LEAP, the groundbreaking study on which the new guidelines were based.

New Peanut Allergy Study Does Not Say Parents Are to Blame - Why It’s Important to Read Past the Headlines
LEAP does not apply to children who are already allergic to peanuts. Our doctors explain how we do the best we can with the information and experience we have at the time.

The LEAP Trial 12 Months Later: Are We Ready to LEAP-On Peanut Allergy?
More information about the success of LEAP, from the second phase of the study.

Can We EAT Our Way to Prevention of Food Allergies?
Can the findings of LEAP be applied to other allergenic foods?

Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States: Summary for Parents and CaregiversDownload PDF
Download the Summary for Parents and Caregivers from the NIH.

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