Moms First: New peanut-allergy guidelines

Millions of Americans suffer from food allergies each year, and peanut allergies affect about 2 percent of children across the U.S.

"It was really scary when I saw my son having trouble, starting to have trouble breathing," said Linda Kolmodin.

Kolmodin's son Evan, who was 1-year old at the time, had a severe allergic reaction after eating a peanut butter cookie.

"'Let's call 911.' So we were at church, and the ambulance came to get him, and he had hives all over his body, and I'm -- just thinking about it makes my heart beat faster to, to think about that," Kolmodoin said about that day.

Evan is just one of the millions of Americans who suffer from a peanut allergy, but now new guidelines suggest parents introduce peanut containing foods for infants as young as 4 months old.

"So the new guidelines break babies into three groups: those that are high risk, those who are kind of medium risk and those who are at low risk," said Dr. Christina Barnes of the South Bend Clinic. "So the kids who are at a high risk, so infants between the ages of 4 to 6 months especially, who have either sever eczema, egg allergy or both, for those babies, those parents need to go and talk to their physicians first."

Barnes believes introducing peanuts early is key to changing lives for some children.

"Starting it early, we really think we can prevent those kids from having peanut allergy," said Barnees. "Not in every case, but in lots of cases."

For Evan he has had to learn to live with the allergy.

"Well, generally whenever it comes to lunch, I sit at a peanut-free table, and I generally have medication on me," Evan said.

Linda Kolmodin hopes the new guidelines can help other children.

"People don't always understand just how sensitive kids can be when they have a peanut allergy," she said.

Experts recommend checking with your doctor before starting any new peanut plan for your child.

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