BY: Zosia Kmietowicz BMJ 2007;335:633 (29 September).
Department of Health advice for pregnant women with a family history of atopic diseases to avoid eating peanuts and food that contains peanuts and not to give such food to their children until the age of 3 years is out of date and should be immediately withdrawn, says a report from the House of Lords.
Avoiding food that contains peanuts in early life could in fact be helping to fuel the rise in peanut allergy seen in the UK, says the report.
A number of recent epidemiological studies had indicated that early peanut consumption in countries such as Israel was associated with a low incidence of peanut allergy in the population.
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