Lower the risk of allergy by feeding infants eggs or peanuts earlier

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Kenyan parents can lower the risk of their children developing a peanut or eggs allergy by feeding them the foods before they reach the age of two, a recent research found.

"Infant feeding advice may need to change," said Dr Robert Boyle, the senior researcher for the study and a pediatric allergy researcher at Imperial College in an interview with science website, Scientific American. “These findings suggest that for most babies, eggs and peanuts should be among their first foods.”

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The researchers analysed 146 studies that had been published in the last 70 years on allergy in children. They found that children that were fed food that contained peanuts between the ages of four months and 11 have a 70 per cent chance of not developing and allergy while those who were fed foods that contained eggs have a 40 per cent chance of not developing an allergy.

"What we are basically advocating is introducing baby to as wide a range of foods as possible when they are ready after four months, bearing in mind the choking hazard, and to keep breastfeeding throughout," said Mark Dixon the Allergy New Zealand CEO in an interview with News Hub.

The lead researcher, Dr Robert Boyle, however warned parents who already know that their children are allergic to certain foods such as peanuts and eggs should not feed it to them because it will be hazardous to their health.

“If your child falls already has an allergy, talk to your pediatrician first before introducing these foods to them.”

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