Further research reported today has supported previous findings that early exposure to peanuts reduces the risk of developing an allergy to peanuts.
Part of the problem is that parents live in a state of 'food fear' and may be over protective. If a child lives for the first several years of its life without ever consuming 'suspect' foods, then it has no opportunity to develop tolerance to the food.
Prof Barry Kay, from Imperial College London, said the study's results "point the way to completely fresh thinking on the mechanisms of tolerance to allergenic foods in 'at risk' infants".
Speaking about both pieces of research, Michael Walker, a consultant analyst and medical adviser to the government, said: "Taken together these are reassuring findings that pave the way to stem the epidemic of peanut allergy."
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