The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently exhibited at the 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference. We learned the latest news in pediatrics and food allergies. We also spoke with doctors about the food allergy and asthma programs and services we offer. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA.
Researchers announced results from the second phase of a landmark food allergy study, with the data showing that feeding peanuts to babies at high risk for developing the allergy sharply cuts their chance of becoming allergic by age 5.
Guidelines to help parents introduce peanut-containing products to infants to prevent peanut allergies aren’t being discussed. New research presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows pediatricians are not only not having the discussion, they’re not referring high-risk babies for testing prior to peanut introduction.
For years, guidelines told us that parents and pediatricians should delay giving peanut-containing foods to children until after age three. However, all of our best evidence now shows that early introduction of peanut-containing foods is associated with less peanut allergy.
Why It’s Important to Read Past the Headlines - Doctors Explain New Peanut Allergy Study Editor's note: The KFA/AAFA leadership recognize that interpreting the findings of the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study is...
Since February, the food allergy community has been waiting to see how – or if - a study hailed as a “landmark” would change recommendations about feeding young infants at risk for developing a peanut allergy. This week,...
Eliezrah - this is in reference to the LEAP study that was announced at AAAAI last weekend. You can read more about it here (link is also in the above article) Landmark Study May Change How We Feed Peanut Butter To Infants
Thank you doctors for posting this. I have wondered what I could've, should've, or would've done better, different, or something. Beating myself up over it doesn't change anything. I know all those parents out there with severely peanut allergic children did not do everything the same. I actually think it would've been a lot more difficult to watch my infant have an anaphylactic reaction than my 2 year old. At least she could talk to me.
A free press is not free to lie, mislead, and over-hype and it is high time to hold them accountable for all the damage they are doing to kids with allergies and society in general. The press is hugely irresponsible in how they report scientific findings. Science is slow, particular, and often very inconclusive. How many kids are going to DIE because of irresponsible reporting?! We have ongoing battle with family members and school administrators who deep in their hearts believe this is our...
Hi Goodsammy, The issue of introducing peanuts to babies is not whole peanuts or even peanut butter; it's peanut protein that would be in something like bamba , a baby biscuit that has peanut protein in it. But to answer your question, studies have been done that show that dry roasted peanuts appear to be more allergenic than boiled peanuts. Lynda
I wish this could have applied to my children. My 4yo boy tested highly positive to peanuts at 6 months of age, so he would have been deemed too high risk to participate, anyway. And then there's my daughter, who has FPIES and still hasn't gotten around to trying peanuts. Now I'm terrified that the extremely slow process of introducing food into her diet means I've already missed my window of early prevention. She's definitely high risk for developing a peanut allergy since she has a sibling...
Ok, I'm probably going crazy but these seem wrong too! LEAP-On enrolled 88.5% of children from the original trial (556 children). Adherence to peanut avoidance in both groups was high during the 12 months families were told to stay away from peanuts: - 4% in the original peanut avoidance group, and - 3% in the peanut-eating group On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 3:29 PM, Kids With Food Allergies < firstname.lastname@example.org > wrote:
EDIT: We fixed a coding error above to correct this section: Adherence to peanut avoidance in both groups was high during the 12 months families were told to stay away from peanuts: 90.4% in the original peanut avoidance group, and 69.3% in the peanut-eating group
The peanut thing confuses me really. I wonder what about peanuts is so allergenic that if it is not introduced early that many children have reactions to it. That seems to be the million dollar question, right?
@Will Way children as young as the newborn age have shown to have a deadly reaction to peanuts/treenuts from the mother's milk or have a skin reaction after being touched by someone with residue on their hands. The peanut protein is different from other nuts. It is actually a legume. Not a nut!
Congratulations on passing the shellfish challenge! You can go to the main support forum and introduce yourself when you have time. That is a great place to ask any questions that you may have and just to tell us about your family.
Hi Chaunta, Welcome to KFA. I hear you about serving something that was once an allergen. My dd passed a tn challenge a year and a half ago. It took a while to get used to having them in the house. btw, our forums are an awesome place for support, advice and btdt experience.
Hi Jennifer - not introducing early doesn't mean that your child will develop a peanut allergy. Early introduction may prevent the development of a peanut allergy in those children who have other risk factors. There is definitely more research that needs to be done.
According to new research scheduled for presentation during the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Virtual Annual Meeting, despite finding that peanut allergy prevalence is still high among those with early introduction to peanut, the study authors did discover that early introduction led to a 16% decrease in peanut allergy.
There are significant variances in the allergen composition, concentration, and dose per serving in commercial early allergen introduction foods (EIF), according to research being presented at the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Virtual Annual Meeting.
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