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Allergy Relief?

Eating peanuts is dangerous for some kids. SERGOUA/GETTY IMAGES

More than a million children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. Many of them have to go to a hospital when they have an allergic reaction.

A new treatment for peanut allergies could be on the way. In September, health experts advised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a new drug. The drug has tiny amounts of peanut. A child takes it every day. After a while, the child builds up a tolerance to peanuts. Eating a small amount may no longer be dangerous.

Cathy Heald’s son is 12 years old. He is allergic to peanuts. Heald hopes the drug will be approved. “The peace of mind this treatment brings is invaluable,” she says.