John Rodarte, MD, pediatrician at Huntington Health Physicians, and chair,
department of pediatrics, Huntington Hospital, was featured in an ABC
7 news report on the new recommendation from the National Institutes of
Health regarding kids and peanuts.
Since 2000, in an attempt to prevent peanut allergies, the American Academy
of Pediatrics has recommended against giving peanuts to babies, up the
age of 3. "In fact, what they found over the next 10 years is that
instead of reducing peanut allergies, we actually saw a three-fold increase
over that time,” stated Dr. Rodarte.
The new recommendations, stemming from guidelines published in the Annals
of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, say it’s best to introduce peanuts
early and often to prevent allergies from developing. "There appears
to be a window of time when the body is actually able to tolerate the
food as opposed to react to it," Dr. Rodarte said. Whole peanuts
are a choking hazard and should not be given to a child.
Click here to read the full article featuring Dr. Rodarte.