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Food Allergies: Doctors recommend feeding peanut butter to babies to reduce allergic reactions

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  • James Gallagher
  • Health and Science Editor – BBC

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Study: Giving children peanut butter reduced their allergies by 77%.

Giving small portions of softened peanut butter to young babies — 4 to 6 months old — can significantly reduce peanut allergies, scientists say.

The government’s breastfeeding advice of not giving babies solid food until around six months should change, scientists have suggested.

Experts warn that whole or chopped nuts and peanuts increase the risk of choking and should not be given to children under five.

Current NHS guidance states that peanuts (powdered, ground or butter) can be introduced from six months of age.

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