PODCAST. Have you heard the news? A major change has been issued in the guidelines addressing the prevention of peanut allergies. A recent landmark trial called The Leap Study plus other emerging data led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease along with 25 other professional organizations to develop addendum guidelines to go with the clinical guidelines first developed in 2008 addressing the prevention of peanut allergy.
The new addendum provides three separate guidelines for infants at various risk levels for the development of a peanut allergy. Topics include the definition of risk categories along with the appropriate use of testing including specific IgE measurement, skin prick tests and oral food challenges. Timing and approaches for introducing peanut-containing foods at home or in the health care provider’s office are included as well as the rationale and strength of evidence for each recommendation. If you would like to read the research scroll down to the resources.
To dig a little deeper and for insight on communicating this new information to patients, I’m talking to metro-Atlanta based registered dietitian nutritionist Sherry Coleman Collins whose areas of expertise include food allergies and digestive disease. A writer and speaker she authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Paper on the Role of the RDN in Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management. In addition, Sherry supports America’s peanut farmers and The National Peanut Board using her expertise to help overcome the divide between fact and fiction in nutrition science. You can find follow Sherry on twitter @PeanutRD
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2010 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States
2017 Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States