Peanut allergy study raises concerns for Dr. Raj Bhardwaj

Calgary Eyeopener contributor warns parents not to rush into giving their babies peanuts despite a new study that found early introduction to the food could avoid an allergy later in life.

Calgary doctor warns parents to be cautious

New peanut allergy study

8 years ago
Duration 6:23
Dr. Raj Bhardwaj talks about a new study on peanut allergies.

If your child has a mild reaction to peanuts, do not try introducing the nut to their diet — even if it could prevent them from developing an allergy later on.

That's the message from Calgary Eyeopener medical contributor Dr. Raj Bhardwaj when talking to host David Gray about a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

He says it could be a "total nightmare scenario." 

"This study is groundbreaking for sure. But that's all it does is break ground," said the Calgary family and urgent care physician. "It hasn't laid the foundation [and] it hasn't built a structure around which we can safely introduce peanuts to potentially allergic kids."

The study suggests babies with a high risk of developing the allergy could be better off if they ate peanuts early in life rather than avoiding them. 

"Imagine you have an older child who has a peanut allergy and now you have six-month-old who doesn't have a peanut allergy. And your doctor says, 'Yeah, give the younger one some peanut butter,'" said Bhardwaj.

"Really? You're going to bring peanut butter into the house with your older kid having this deadly allergy? I'm not," he adds. 

For the full interview, watch the video above as Bhardwaj outlines his concerns.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Account Holder

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?