My family member has a food allergy. How do I use Ready, Set, Food! safely for my baby?
How can you safely introduce these foods to your baby when another member of your family is allergic to at least one of them?
Thanks to landmark clinical studies, we now know that it is important to feed babies peanut, egg, and milk early and often, starting between 4-11 months of age, But how can you safely introduce these foods to your baby when another member of your family is allergic to at least one of them?
Ready, Set, Food! - The Safest Choice
Ready, Set, Food! helps you safely introduce peanut, egg, and milk to your baby, while making sure other family members don't come in contact with the food(s) they're allergic to. After all, you can pour our individually sealed, foil-lined packets of pre-measured powder into baby's bottle or bowl, so the peanut, egg and milk powder touches as few surfaces as possible. These packets are designed to be easily poured directly into your baby’s bottle or mixed into solid food without unintentional contact with the powder itself, significantly reducing the chance of cross-contamination and exposure of at-risk family members to the allergens.
Tips for Food Allergic Families
Here are 9 tips for food allergy families who want to use Ready, Set, Food! and take steps to keep a food allergic family member from coming in contact with allergens.
Pick a safe place in the kitchen that only adults can access,where you store Ready, Set, Food! and anything else that could cause your allergic family member to react.
Dedicate a bottle, spoon and bowlfor when you use Ready, Set, Food! with your baby. Only use those items when you give Ready, Set, Food! Store them in the safe place in the kitchen when you aren't using them.
Clean out your sink before giving Ready, Set, Food!That way, you can pour the stick pack in the bottle or bowl over the sink, and easily rinse off any powder that may spill out. Also, when your baby is done with the bottle or bowl, you can wash it in the sink right away, and not get any powder or residue on any other dishes by accident.
Make sure you can easily clean baby right after they eat.Have them wear a wipe-off bib whenever you use Ready, Set, Food! Also, have a wet paper towel on hand, so you can wipe baby's face right after they eat.
Feed baby on surfaces that you can easily clean.You could also have them sit on a towel in case there is a spill (but there usually isn't).
Consider packaging of allergenic foods:It could be easy for a food allergic sibling to access allergenic foods in different packaging formats, such as jars of nut butters and other snacks containing these foods. We designed our Ready, Set, Food! packets with this in mind and because of that, it is extremely difficult for young children to open these packets and can be a much safer option for food allergic family members.
Think about using Ready, Set, Food when your family member with a food allergy is out of the house.For example, you could wait until an older child with a food allergy is at school.
If you think there was a spill, change baby's clothes right away.Wash those clothes separately.
Safely feeding if parent/caregiver has a food allergyIf the parent/caregiver who is feeding allergenic foods has a food allergy, they may choose to wear gloves which can be easily thrown out after the feeding. Ready, Set, Food! offers the safest option for these families as it minimizes the risk of cross-contamination and having to prepare allergenic foods in a shared kitchen.
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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.