An allergy to peanuts is one of the most common food allergies in children with 1 in 50 children being diagnosed every year. And this number has only been on the rise.
For infants and toddlers who develop peanut allergies, the reactions most commonly are hives and vomiting but can range from itchiness on the ski to swelling of the throat and rarely, potentially even life-threatening situations.
The good news for parents is that as food allergies continue to rise, new groundbreaking research demonstrates measures that parents can take to greatly reduce the risk of your child developing peanut allergies.
Early introduction and repeated feeding, starting as young as four months old, is the key to safely introducing the most common allergenic foods to children.
With landmark studieslike EAT and LEAP leading the way, new research shows that introducing peanut at a young age can help guide the immune system by training it to recognize this potentially allergenic food as safe and known.
Before You Feed Your Baby Peanuts
Introducing your baby to peanuts does not have to be a big event, but you will be best served by doing this early in their development, and by doing it at home. In the safety of your home, you will be able to personally monitor how your baby responds to the protein.
Next, make sure your child is healthy before giving them any peanut products. If they are experiencing symptoms of a cold, fever, or other illness, do not give them any peanut products until these symptoms are gone. Then you will be able to accurately measure your child’s response to these food products.
Lastly, you may want to check with your pediatrician to make sure your baby isn’t at a higher risk of developing food allergies. Babies with severe eczemain the form of dry, itchy skin and rashes, or who have already developed other food allergies are considered high risk.
There are a few different ways you can introduce peanut butter into your child’s diet. You don’t ever want to give a whole peanut to your child as it can be a choking hazard. Also, due to the thick consistency of peanut butter, it should not be fed to your baby straight from the jar.
Instead, you can start by mixing the peanut butter with water, formula, or breastmilk for babies who are not regularly consuming solids.
If they have started consuming solids, you can also mix peanut butter into purees, cereal, applesauce, or yogurt.
Food Allergen Introduction Powder
Food allergen introduction powder, like SpoonfulOne’s Mix-ins, is an easy, hassle-free way to introduce your children to peanut butter and other allergy-causing foods. Peanut allergen powder can be mixed into breastmilk or formula and bottle-fed, or even mixed into purees, applesauce, or oatmeal.
Food Allergy Puffs
As your child ages, you can transition from allergen powders to more solid puffs. Puffs are designed to easily dissolve with saliva and are the perfect finger foods for growing infants.
How Often Do I Feed My Baby Peanut Products?
Depending on a babies risk of developing allergies, there are different guidelines to follow according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
For babies with no signs of eczema or known food allergies, guidelines recommendintroducing peanut allergen foods with other solid foods as often as you would like and in accordance with family preferences.
For babies with mild to moderate eczema, feeding them small amounts of baby-friendly peanut foods should be done at least three times a week.
For high-risk infants with severe eczema or other food allergies, after consulting with your pediatrician, the guidelines advise feeding 2g of baby-friendly peanut foods at least three times per week.
At SpoonfulOne, we advise parents to mix one packet of powder into their baby's formula, breastmilk, or favorite food daily for the best results.
SpoonfulOne is the only product that supports daily feeding of the 16 foods commonly associated with 90% of food allergies.* Our products are designed to be given to your baby early, often, and seamlessly, we take the guesswork out of food allergen introduction.
Safety -We used landmark researchlike LEAP and EAT to inspire our science, but we didn’t stop there. Our founder, Dr. Kari Nadeau, the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, invested in and conducted her own proprietary research. This research showed that the diverse mix of ingredients in SpoonfulOne helped increase IgG4(protective antibodies) in children after feeding SpoonfulOne for a year.
Efficiency - The most comprehensive food allergen introduction program, SpoonfulOne includes food groups responsible for over 90% of food allergies. Each packet contains a very small amount 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.
Convenience - When you introduce a food allergy routine to your infant, the preparation of each ingredient every day can take up a ton of time. SpoonfulOne helps give you your time back. Our system eliminates the fear, confusion, and guesswork out of introducing new foods to babies.
Bottle compatibility - If your baby is not regularly eating solids or prefers breastmilk or formula, we developed SpoonfulOne Mix-ins to be compatible with either formula or breast milk.
Although very important, peanuts are just one out of 16 foods responsible for over 90% of food allergies. Unlike other products on the market that only cover peanut, milk, or eggs, SpoonfulOne is a comprehensive system that covers all 16 of these essential food groups.