Nearly 2 million kids in the United States are allergic to peanuts. Brett Treichel, 13, is one of them. For Brett and others who are allergic, even a tiny bit of peanut can be dangerous. “I have to be careful for life,” Brett told TFK.
A New Treatment
Help could be on the way. A new treatment is being developed . It will help children who are allergic tolerate peanuts. A child is given a tiny bit of peanut powder. For most kids, this will not cause a bad reaction . More powder is added. This is done a little at a time. The goal is to increase the amount of peanut that a kid can handle.
The treatment isn’t a cure for peanut allergies. But experts hope it will help kids avoid a life-threatening reaction. “It gives peace of mind to kids and parents,” says Sayantani Sindher. She is a researcher who worked on the treatment. “It improves their quality of life.”
WARNING: Don’t try this treatment at home. It must be done under a doctor’s care.