-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat peanuts during
pregnancy may be putting their babies at increased risk for peanut
allergy, a new study suggests.
U.S. researchers looked at 503 infants, aged 3 months to 15
months, with suspected egg or milk allergies, or with the skin
disorder eczema and positive allergy tests to milk or egg. These
factors are associated with increased risk of peanut allergy, but
none of the infants in the study had been diagnosed with peanut
Blood tests revealed that 140 of the infants had strong
sensitivity to peanuts. Mothers' consumption of peanuts during
pregnancy was a strong predictor of peanut sensitivity in the
infants, the researchers reported in the Nov. 1 issue of the
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
"Researchers in recent years have been uncertain about the role of peanut consumption during pregnancy on the risk of peanut allergy in infants. While our study does not definitively indicate that pregnant women should not eat peanut products during pregnancy, it highlights the need for further research in order to make recommendations about dietary restrictions," study leader Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a professor of pediatrics at Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, said in a journal news release.
Sicherer and his colleagues recommended controlled,
interventional studies to further explore their findings.
"Peanut allergy is serious, usually persistent, potentially fatal, and appears to be increasing in prevalence," Sicherer said.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
nut and peanut allergy.
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