A peanut allergy impacts roughly one million U.S. children, and only 1 in 5 kids will outgrow their allergy – but a new treatment to help children with a peanut allergy was just recently approved by the FDA.
This drug is called Palforzia. It’s a powder that can be mixed into pudding or apple sauce, and it’s designed to lower the risk of a severe reaction if a child accidentally ingests a small number of peanuts.
For one mom, it sounds promising.
<p>At 2 years old, Jackson Stephens is a regular at the allergy doctor after his first, terrifying taste of peanuts.</p><div><div> <div><div><h4>New drug approved by FDA helps those with peanut allergies build resistance</h4> <p>A new drug approved by the FDA for the use of kids 4 to 17 years old could help those with peanut allergy build up a resistance.</p></div></div></div></div><p>"It was pretty scary. We found out when he was 9 months old and per our pediatrician's advice to give him peanuts and try it," recalls mom Heather Stephens. </p> <p>But two minutes after Jackson took his first small bite - "He started turning red around his mouth. And he started becoming really lethargic. He basically started projectile vomiting, went limp, anaphylactic reaction," Heather says.
They ended up in the ER, and now carry an Epipen injector and Benadryl everywhere they go because even trace amounts of peanuts can trigger a reaction.