New studies have suggested that babies who are fed peanut products will have a substantially lower chance of developing a nut allergy when they are older. With allergy levels dramatically rising all over the world, this new research could be crucial in preventing allergies from developing. The researchers, at King’s College London, were excited by the fact that this was the first time they had been able to reduce allergy development.
The trial was carried out with 628 babies, each of whom was prone to developing a peanut allergy, and they discovered that the risk was cut by more than 80%. There is speculation that these findings could also be applied to other allergies, but no studies have been carried out yet, and parents have been warned not to experiment with this at home.
A previous study found that Jewish children who lived in Israel, and who had begun eating peanuts earlier in life, had allergy levels that were around 10 times lower than that of Jewish children in the UK. The trial focussed on children as young as four months old, and who had already showed early warning signs of developing allergies, by symptoms such as eczema, a skin condition.
There are still many unanswered questions to these new findings, and since there many areas are still unknown, parents have been warned to not try to take matters into their own hands, as this could have devastating impacts. Once more studies have been carried out, there is a high chance that results would lead to knowledge related to other allergens too.