03/11/2015 03:11 pm ET Updated Mar 11, 2015

'Possibly The Worst Approach'

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The news last month of a clinical trial showing that infants at a high risk for peanut allergies were much less likely to actually develop these allergies if they were fed regular peanut snacks made me want to reach for a spoonful of peanut butter to shove down my 7-month-old’s throat. But then visions of hives and red puffy welts danced in my head and I reconsidered. Like many parents, I have long been under the impression that the best way to prevent food allergies in kids is to delay giving them allergenic foods such as peanuts and eggs until they’re older. So before presenting my daughter with a bowl full of Jif based on a single finding, I decided to dig into the research.

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