Study gives hope to infants, toddlers with peanut allergy

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FILE- This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. In a statement released online Monday, Aug. 25, 2015 in the journal Pediatrics, a pediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be fed foods containing peanuts before they turn 1. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

A new study gives hope to infants and toddlers with peanut allergies.

A team of researchers looked at an approach that has been studied in older children, exposing them to small amounts of peanut proteins in a controlled setting.

They have infants and toddlers who were newly diagnosed with a peanut allergy either low or high amounts of this peanut protein treatment.

Researchers found babies who were treated with the therapy had a decreased allergic response to peanuts.

A month after completing the treatment, four out of five of these babies were still able to eat peanuts safely.

More research is needed to show if this effect is long-lasting.

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