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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.

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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.&nbsp;</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.&nbsp;

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.

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