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Eating peanuts while breastfeeding may protect your baby from allergies - Tollybeats

Eating peanuts while breastfeeding may protect your baby from allergies

Updated | September 27, 2017 13:35 IST

Eating peanuts while breastfeeding may protect your baby from allergies,a recent study has found that eating peanuts while breastfeeding may protect their newborn from developing allergies later in life.

According to researchers, the children were five times less likely to develop an allergy if their mothers had eaten nuts before weaning and introduced nuts before one year old.If mothers did one but not the other, the rate of allergic reactions was 'significantly higher.'

Symptoms of an allergy to peanuts can range from mild - such as itchy skin and a runny nose - to severe and life-threatening, as the airways can close up when the body goes into anaphylactic shock.

Recent studies have shown that avoiding the nuts during infancy increases the risk of allergy. However, these studies did not address peanut consumption by the mother while breastfeeding.

The findings indicated that the children whose mothers consumed peanuts while breastfeeding and directly introduced peanuts before 12 months had the lowest incidence of reactions to peanuts at 1.7 percent.

 

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