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Mothers Who Eat Peanuts During Pregnancy Put Allergic Babies At Risk

October 29, 2010: 10:01 AM EST

Mothers who eat peanuts during their pregnancy may put allergic infants at increased risk of potentially dangerous peanut allergies, a U.S. study finds. Researchers assessed 503 three- to 15-month-old babies who had milk or egg allergies, had eczema or tested positive for milk or egg allergies, all of which are associated with a heightened risk of peanut allergy. Of the group – none of whom had been diagnosed with peanut allergy – 140 infants were found via blood tests to have a strong sensitivity to peanuts. Eating peanuts during pregnancy was a significant predictor of the test result. While acknowledging that their study had some limitations – like reliance on self-reporting – it nevertheless “highlights the need for further research to make recommendations about dietary restrictions."

Scott H. Sicherer, MD, Robert A. Wood, et al., "Maternal consumption of peanut during pregnancy is associated with peanut sensitization in atopic infants", The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, October 29, 2010, © American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
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