HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – Parents who have children with peanut allergies, listen up. A new study says a peanut patch may help reduce the severity of your child’s reaction.
The skin patch delivers small doses of peanut protein to the child through a Band-Aid-like device that goes on their arm. The National Institutes of Health funded a year-long study with children as young as 4 years old up to 25-year-old adults. The NIH says the biggest benefit came for children between the ages of 4-11 years old.
Doctors at Penn State Children’s Hospital say the idea of the peanut patch is very exciting. However, they say it could be 5-10 years before the patch is approved by the FDA and available for purchase. Nonetheless, they say the new study could be life changing for some children and families.
Wendy John, director of Best Friends Daycare in Camp Hill, says lunch time with dozens of young children is always chaotic. She says things get crazier when her students have special food restrictions.
John says her heart goes out to children who have allergies that prevent them from participating in trick-or-treating and other activities with their friends.