Australia is rightly called the food allergy capital of the World. The rate of food allergy has been increasing by 7 % every year for the last five years. Now, one in 10 babies develops a food allergy by the time they reach their first birthday. A cause for concern, this is being seriously looked at by the government and health organizations in Australia and the world.
A new research says that in order to battle and mitigate a growing allergy, babies should be introduced to peanuts at their 6th month. This helps an early resistance to allergies. National Allergy Strategy (NAS), is being driven by two not-for-profit groups — the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) — and was funded by the Federal Government. In a statement, the Federal Government said it supported the NAS and has backed it with a funding of $1.1 million since 2016.
The findings of this health campaign by NAS, are based upon an earlier research that studied allergic reactions on children. Commenced in 2015, LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut) had foregrounded their particular research based on observations of food allergies in countries like Israel, where Jewish children are less susceptible to allergies when compared to the Jews in UK. The same pattern was noticed in Israel, mothers introduced peanuts to breast feeding babies, blending it with the milk.
The official government website in Australia, directs parents to change the way they have been treating food allergies and food in general for children, introducing what they fear are common allergies one by one, like, peanuts, eggs, milk, after 6 months of age. This will reduce the risk of an allergy by 80 percent.
Different studies in Australia, for the last 2 decades have been informing their diet for children, these parents have been conditioned to avoid certain food sporadically. This new research recognizes how the problem has only been aggravated and counters all other research.