New Guidelines to Help Prevent Peanut Allergies in Children

New guidelines promise to help prevent incurable, life-threatening peanut allergies in future generations of children.

On Thursday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) published a new set of guidelines advising parents to introduce peanuts into their babies’ diets early and often, so they are less likely to develop an allergy.

Related: ‘Peanuts for Babies? Studies Back Allergy-Preventing Strategy’

“Peanut allergy has literally become an epidemic in recent years, and now we have a clear roadmap to prevent many new cases moving forward,” allergist Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a statement.

Food allergies in children increased roughly 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to a 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2010 study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine found 1.4 percent of children have peanut allergies.

To read how the new guidelines define the degree of peanut allergy risk for your infant, and how to proceed accordingly, see CBS News.

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