John Rodarte, MD, Weighs in on New Peanut Guidelines

August 9, 2017

John Rodarte, MD

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.