FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though doctors recommend an early introduction to peanuts, many new moms prefer to delay giving them to their babies, researchers report.
Allergy experts now say that infants should be exposed to the allergen by the time they are 4 to 6 months old.
"Food allergies are scary, so it's understandable that parents would hesitate to introduce a food they might see as dangerous," said study co-author Dr. Edmond Chan. He is director of the allergy clinic at BC Children's Hospital at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
"Parents should consult with their pediatrician to help walk them through the process of early peanut introduction for their infant," Chan said.
For years, doctors instructed parents to delay exposing children to peanuts and other common food allergens, particularly those at high risk for peanut allergy. But ...