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Vanderbilt doctors find success in peanut-allergy tests

(WZTV)

A new protocol promises to reduce the number of children allergic to peanuts by 80 percent.

Peanut allergies affect millions of children across the country, often requiring families to buy expensive EpiPens to treat allergic reactions.

Following a series of studies, the National Institutes of Health is now telling pediatricians and allergy doctors they can often nip peanut allergies in the bud by introducing peanuts into a child's diet as early as 6 months old.

"If we can prevent 80 percent of kids from developing peanut allergies, that's thousands of kids that we can hopefully prevent from developing this peanut allergy,"

Dr. Jon Hemler with Vanderbilt University Medical Center said.

Doctors at Vanderbilt have been testing the theory on babies for the past 2 years with great success.

Be sure to talk to your doctor or allegorist about how best to begin introducing peanuts into your infant's diet.

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