Eating peanut products as a baby dramatically cuts the risk of allergy, a study suggests.
Trials on 628 babies prone to developing peanut allergy found the risk was cut by over 80%.
The King's College London researchers said it was the "first time" that allergy development had been reduced.
Specialists said the findings could apply to other allergies and may change diets around, but warned parents not to experiment at home.
The research team in London had previously found that Jewish children in Israel who started eating peanuts earlier in life had allergy levels 10 times lower than Jewish children in the UK.
The trial, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, focused on babies as young as four months who had already developed eczema - an early warning sign of allergies.
Skin-prick tests were used to identify those who had not yet developed peanut allergy or had only a very mild response.
Children under five should not eat whole peanuts, because of the risk of choking, so half were given a peanut-based snack. The other half continued avoiding peanuts. http://www.bd24live.com/article/8697/index.html#sthash.qaxtKQDI.dpuf