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Arch Pediatr. 2006 Sep;13(9):1245-51. Epub 2006 Jul 7.

[What type of avoidance for peanut allergic children?].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service de pédiatrie, hôpital Ambroise-Paré, Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, 9, avenue du Général-de-Gaulle, 92104 Boulogne cedex, France.


We analyzed, from the literature, the balance benefit/risk of a strict avoidance of peanut in children with peanut allergy. The benefits of a strict avoidance diet seem limited: reactions to the low doses and to the peanut oil refined are rare and most often slight. It is not proven that a strict avoidance facilitates the cure of allergy. On the other hand, strict avoidance could induce a worsening of allergy, with deterioration of quality of life, creation of food neophobia. In case of cure of allergy, it is difficult to normalize the diet after a strict avoidance. Outside of the rare sensitive patients to a very low dose of peanut, for which a strict avoidance is counseled, the report benefits risk is in favor of the prescription of adapted avoidance to the eliciting dose. For the majority of the peanut allergic children, it seems to us that the avoidance can and must be limited to the non hidden peanut.

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