A leading neonatologist and allergy specialist has said that feeding infants boiled peanuts could be the answer to the rising rate of peanut allergies.

Speaking with News Limited, Dr John Sinn also warned that rubbing moisturiser onto a baby’s skin could also be setting up a child for a lifetime of allergies.

The doctor from Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital said that mums who use “natural” nut, sesame and other food based moisturisers could be contributing to the chance their baby will develop severe allergies.

This is because the allergens from these food sources enter the bloodstream directly from either the baby’s skin or from contact when they are on the mother’s sin.

“Don’t put these creams on the baby unless they have eaten the food first so the gastric system has had a chance to attack it,” he said.

Parents could also help babies avoid a peanut allergy if they are feed peanuts that have been boiled for thirty minutes.  Dr Sinn says Asian babies are more likely to be exposed to peanuts in this way and are much less likely to have peanut allergies suffered by so many Australian children.  The roasted peanuts eaten here and in peanut butter makes the protein in them indigestible.

This latest contribution to the dos and don’ts of eating while pregnant and breastfeeding has come at a time where there seems to be ‘information overload’ on the subject.

A survey of 857 pregnant women in Australia last year found just 50 per cent of women made dietary changes when they found out they were pregnant.  The research also found that a third of women didn’t believe that diet changes were necessary.

“The majority of pregnant women in Australia perceive their diets to be healthy, yet most do not consume the recommended daily servings from the five food groups,” the study published in Public Health Nutrition found.


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  • Things change so quickly with allergies


  • Interesting. The advice has certainly changes a lot in the last decade. It can be so hard to keep up with what’s best!


  • I heard that in China women eat peanuts and use peanut oil throughout pregnancy and their children do not get peanut allergies. I’m not sure if that means we should eat peanuts during pregnancy to avoid giving our children allergies. If boiling the peanuts works, then that’s great.


  • I wonder if some peanut butter counts? Interesting about mousteriser that’s nut based! They just don’t know yet why some kids get the allergy and others don’t. Because they used to recommend trying early, then late, and neither had much impact

    • Peanut butter tends to stick in your teeth and the roof of your mouth. I am worried it could stick in a baby’s throat or windpipe thus restrict breathing. Babies need to able to chew enough to eat some foods. How soft are peanuts are having been boiled for 30 minutes? You would need to get raw peanuts. As a precaution I hope they are near a hospital when they give baby peanuts the first time. A highly allergic person can stop breathing in less than 5 minutes.


  • Touch wood none of my kids have allergies and I pray it stay like that!!


  • If this really does work, it will be a fantastic thing for the health of our children. Severe allergies are genuinely life threatening and difficult to live with – the number of emergency hospital visits we have had combined with carrying life saving medication etc is not something you would wish upon anyone.


  • This is really interesting! Boiling peanuts… I would do it for sure, if this way we can prevent our kids getting allergies!


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