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Allergies are still on the rise, but parents may finally have ways to fight back

If your baby has eczema, head to an allergist.
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This was the only allergy picture that didn't show a woman about to fake sneeze into an oversized tissue against a white background.

If you want to get into a heated playground debate, tell someone you’re feeding your baby peanut butter. Parental advice is practically a blood sport—especially when it comes to potential anaphylaxis—and it’s not without reason. But the truth is that most parental units are probably not up to date on the latest and greatest ways to keep their kids allergy-free.

Immunologists and allergists have faced an uproar in the last couple of years, because new evidence suggested that their advice on administering peanuts to children was entirely backwards. The prevailing wisdom used to say that you should wait until age two to introduce your kids to common allergens. Now suddenly you’re supposed to give them peanuts before they’re a year old. This seemed, to many people, to be some kind of admission are still up for debate, but there’s still plenty of conclusive evidence that parents could use to keep their children healthy. We just have to be clear about what’s proven, and what’s still in need of further research.

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