Some new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health are giving parents a road map that could protect their child from peanut allergies.

FOX's Tonya J. Powers has more:

New research shows feeding babies foods that contain peanuts well before their first birthday can lower the child's chances of developing a dangerous food allergy.

The guidelines come from the National Institutes of Health and are quite a change, spelling out exactly how to introduce infants to peanut-based foods and when to do it.

Babies at high risk, like those with severe eczema or egg allergies, need a check-up before any peanut exposure.

For other infants, most parents can start adding peanut-containing foods to the diet the way they would introduce oatmeal or peas.

About two percent of U.S. children have peanut allergies that cause severe or even life-threatening reactions.

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.

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