Over the last 10 to 15 years, food allergy susceptibility in the U.S. has increased by 50 percent, with some allergies, like peanuts, having more than tripled in American children. Now, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 13 children under the age of 18 have a food allergy. That’s 5.6 million children.
Departing from the advice of decades ago that told parents to avoid giving allergenic foods to children, new research suggests that early and regular dietary exposure to these foods may actually help reduce the risk that they will develop food allergies.
Studies like Learning About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) found that early introduction of peanuts fed at least three times a week for five years was not only safe, but reduced the development of peanut allergies by 86%. While the Enquire About Tolerance (EAT) study found that feeding six potentially allergenic foods (peanut, egg, milk, white fish, and wheat) to infants was safe and reduced food allergy development by two-thirds.
The Takeaway: Introducing potential allergenic foods to your baby at a young age is not only safe, but successful in preventing food allergies.
Many parents still believe they should wait until a baby is older to introduce potential food allergens, but research shows that introducing food allergens early and often is the best approach.
So what is the best age to start introducing allergenic foods? Experts say your food allergy prevention routine should start between 4-6 months of age.
If your child is older than 6 months, they can still start a food allergy routine- it’s never too late to start! Though starting early is better than later, later is better than never. Parents, however, should not start allergy prevention foods prior to four months or if a child has already been diagnosed with a food allergy.
Mix-ins can easily be incorporated into their daily routine, whether they are still on formula or breastmilk, or have already started enjoying solids.
If used when bottle-feeding, we recommend using a size 3 nipple or larger to help prevent the Mix-in from clogging your baby’s bottle. If you still have issues with clogging, you can try a “Y” cut nipple.
If used in solids, you can easily mix one packet into your child's favorite food until fully blended and enjoy immediately. Mix-ins are also perfect for purees, smoothies, or any food your child enjoys during infancy through toddlerhood.
SpoonfulOne products are designed to support your babies eating preferences and make allergy protection an enjoyable and delicious experience.
Food allergies can happen at any time as your child grows up, so the most important consideration to make before starting SpoonfulOne is to do so before your child develops a food allergy.
Most food allergies in children are caused by 8 food groups: dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish.
Each SpoonfulOne product includes the same spoonful of peanuts, milk, shellfish (shrimp), tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts), egg, fish (cod and salmon), grains (oats and wheat), soy, and sesame. You should not use SpoonfulOne if your baby has a known allergy to any of the ingredients listed in SpoonfulOne products.
Early introduction of allergens is designed to help prevent food allergies from developing, not cure an existing food allergy.
If you are not sure if your baby is at a higher risk of developing food allergies, visit your pediatrician and ask about early allergen prevention.
As the most comprehensive allergy protection product for babies, SpoonfulOne eliminates the fear, confusion, and guesswork out of introducing new foods.
Procured from the best and purest of sources, our products are made with wholesome, real ingredients and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and responsibly manufactured in the USA, SpoonfulOne is designed with your family’s needs in mind.
The Bottom Line: If your baby -
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