You are what you eat and a landmark study of babies from the U.S. and the U.K. concluded that your kid is definitely a peanut. Actually, they found that giving kids peanuts before their first birthday resulted in 80 percent fewer allergies compared to kids who weren’t exposed to peanuts. Now the National Institute Of Health (NIH) has issued a new addendum to the 2010 guidelines notifying parents that it’s officially peanut butter jelly time.
An expert panel sponsored by the NIH’s National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases (NIADID) issued the update, which is set to be published in 6 scientific journals, including the Journal Of Allergy And Clinical Immunology. It states that infants at high risk of developing peanut allergies (ie. those who already have severe eczema or egg allergies) should introduce peanut-containing foods to their diets at 4 to 6 months of age. Babies with mild or moderate eczema should start eating peanut foods around 6 months. And tiny humans without any eczema or other food allergies can join the peanut gallery whenever they want, as long as they keep their smooth skin to themselves.
Of course, parents should still consult their pediatricians before making ants on a log. But once you get the green light from the doctor, you’re going to share all that peanut butter, right? (Answer: Damn skippy!)