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Researchers recommend checking infants early for peanut allergies


American Academy of Pediatrics recommend parents start taste-testing their babies for peanut allergies as young as four months old.

The recommendation comes in response to a study that suggests testing an infant early helps build their tolerance to the allergen.

About 1 in 50 school-age children has a peanut allergy, according to the AAP. Children are often put at a special lunch table or wear a special tag for their own safety.

Daycare director Rick Harris said special tables wouldn't be necessary because their menu will stay peanut-free.

"We’re not going to give children that young peanut butter," Harris said. "If they’re under two years old, we’re not going to offer it to them anyway and if the parent wants them to have peanut butter, that’s their option, they can do that at home. It’s not going to be on our menu.”

The study also said if your child is already allergic to eggs, or has eczema skin rash, allergy test should be taken first before exposing your child to peanuts.

Full details of the study are scheduled to be released on Aug 31.

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