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Gina Boutwell, MD, Pediatrician, South Shore Medical Center

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How to Safely Introduce Your Child to Peanuts and Eggs

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s estimated that two percent of American children suffer from an allergy to peanuts. That number has grown significantly in recent years, as the FDA reports that the prevalence of peanut allergies in children more than doubled between 1997 and 2008. Another one of the most common allergies in children is eggs, with 1.3 percent of American children being affected.

With peanut and egg allergies becoming more common, pediatricians in the past recommended that parents hold off on introducing these foods to their children until their older (age one for eggs and age three for peanuts), particularly if the child was at a higher risk for developing food allergies.

However, a recent landmark study by the National Institute of Health found that introducing peanuts to a child at a young age (as early as four months) actually helps reduce their risk for developing a peanut allergy at a later age.

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Topics: Children's Health

Ten Tips to Child-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Posted by Gina Boutwell, MD, Pediatrician, South Shore Medical Center on Dec 14, 2016 10:37:09 AM


It’s that time of year again! The holidays have arrived and homes are decorated with Christmas trees, mistletoe, candles, menorahs and holiday mementos and ornaments. But it’s important to always think about how these items can turn into hazards for your children and young holiday guests.

Here are some ways in which you can balance a festive home with keeping everyone safe and happy this time of year:

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Topics: Children's Health, Family Medicine