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  • 5 Food Allergy Prevention Questions To Discuss With Your Doctor

    By: Annie Bunje

5 Food Allergy Prevention Questions To Discuss With Your Doctor

By: Annie Bunje

5 Food Allergy Prevention Questions To Discuss With Your Doctor

By: Annie Bunje

We know how vital your doctor is in making decisions about your baby’s nutrition and health. Learn 5 food allergy prevention questions to discuss with your doctor before or at your baby's 4-month visit. 

Ready, Set, Food! is recommended by 500+ pediatricians, because we know how important your doctor is for making decisions about your baby’s nutrition and health. Our educational material is developed with our medical board, including leading allergy experts:

Talk to your doctor before or at your 4 month visit, because 4-6 months is the best time to start, and once your baby develops a food allergy there is no cure.

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Question #1:  Is my baby at risk for developing food allergies?

Myth #1:  Babies are only at risk if someone in their family has a food allergy.

Fact #1:  Every baby is at risk, with 1 in 12 children suffering from a food allergy today.  Over 50% of children with a food allergy do not have a direct family member with one. That’s why, according to the new medical guidelines on food allergy prevention, early allergen introduction is recommended for all babies. There are factors that put your baby at a higher risk for food allergies, such as:





1. Family History: If your baby has a sibling or parent with a food allergy, they have a 1 in 7 risk of developing one, compared to 1 in 12 on average.  Parents with a food allergy in their family often worry about reactions, but early allergen feeding is still safe and recommended for babies with food allergies in their family. When babies do have allergic reactions, they are much milder than in older children.

2. Eczema:  Eczema is the biggest risk factor for food allergies, with 1 in 3 of these babies developing a food allergy. That’s why guidelines from the NIH and AAP are focused on babies with eczema. Babies with severe eczema should be prescreened, but babies with mild or moderate eczema should frequently eat allergenic foods starting at around 4 months of age. Learn more about eczema at

3. Delayed Feeding: Delaying feeding allergenic foods to babies increases their risk by up to 500%. Studies have shown that feeding these foods to babies starting at 4 months of age can prevent up to 80% of food allergies.

Question #2: To prevent allergies, which allergenic foods should I frequently feed my baby?

Myth #2: I only need to frequently feed peanuts to my baby, because peanut allergies are the worst. 

Fact #2 Egg and milk are as important as peanut, because they cause the most allergic reactions in toddlers. Foods with egg and milk are also the hardest to avoid, so they have the biggest impact on a child’s quality of life. Also, peanut only makes up about ~25% of these food allergies, while peanut, egg, and dairy make up ~80%.

Luckily, multiple studies have shown that you can prevent multiple food allergies, and not just peanut:

  • LEAP Trial: peanut starting at 4 months prevented 81% of peanut allergies
  • EAT Trial: allergenic foods like peanut, egg, and dairy starting at 4 months prevented 67% of food allergies
  • PETIT Trial: giving egg starting at 4 months prevented 79% of egg allergies

To help prevent severe food allergies, you should frequently feed many allergenic foods to your baby.

Question #3:  When should I start feeding my baby allergenic foods, like peanut and egg?

Myth #3: Whenever they’re ready to eat solids.

Fact #3:  Start at 4-6 Months or as early as possible. While prevention can be effective later, once your baby develops a food allergy it is too late.  Since there is no downside to starting earlier...don’t delay!  

Studies started at 4 months of age, which is why guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend starting as early as 4 months, as do international guidelines (read more here).

Parents worry about allergic reactions, but in studies with over 2,000 babies there were no severe reactions, and there has never been a reported fatality under the age of 1 in the history of US medical records. Severe allergic reactions are much less common in babies than older children, and every month you wait increases the severity of reactions and decreases your opportunity to prevent food allergies.

Question #4:  How often do I need to feed these allergens to my baby, to prevent allergens?

Myth #4:  Feeding allergenic foods like peanut a few times is all they need.

Fact #4:  Feeding allergenic foods only once or twice is NOT enough to prevent food allergies.  To prevent food allergies, babies have to be fed these foods frequently for at least 3-6 months.  

Research has shown that food allergy prevention is most effective when done regularly for at least 6 months. In the largest study, parents who quit before 3 months showed no similar food allergy prevention. That's why Ready, Set, Food! should be used at least 6 months, or until your baby is eating peanut, egg, and milk at least several times per week.

Question #5:  How should I feed my baby these allergens? 

Myth #5:  Bamba is all you need, or if not then I can just mix something up at home.

Fact #5:  Bamba only has peanut, and unhealthy additives like palm oil. Doing DIY can work, but more than 50% of parents quit because they say it is too difficult, and continuing at least 3-6 months is needed for food allergy prevention.

 While Bamba can work for peanuts, it’s not enough. The only major allergen in Bamba is peanuts, which only make up ~25% of childhood food allergies, and Bamba also has unnecessary and unhealthy additives like palm oil.

You can read more about Bamba, Ready, Set, Food!, and food allergy prevention here. 

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All health-related content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the advice of your own pediatrician in connection with any questions regarding your baby’s health.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If your infant has severe eczema, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.

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