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  • Once Is Not Enough: The Importance of Sustaining Allergen Exposure for Preventing Childhood Food Allergies

    By: Annie Bunje

Once Is Not Enough: The Importance of Sustaining Allergen Exposure for Preventing Childhood Food Allergies

By: Annie Bunje

Once Is Not Enough: The Importance of Sustaining Allergen Exposure for Preventing Childhood Food Allergies

By: Annie Bunje

Learn why sustaining introduction to allergens for several months is so important for reducing your baby's risk of developing food allergies.

It’s a common misconception that introducing allergenic foods to your infant once or a few times will effectively reduce their risk of developing food allergies. Unfortunately, like anything parenting-related, it’s not that easy. Feeding your baby allergenic foods only once or twice has not been shown to reduce the risk of developing a food allergy sometime in the future. In fact, the landmark research studies on early and sustained allergen introduction had regular feeding ranging from 3 months to 4 years!

 

The Importance Of Sustaining Exposure

For long-lasting immunity, research shows that you need to “educate” an infant’s immune system with multiple doses over time to create a positive response (tolerance). “Recent studies show us that oral tolerance requires repeated exposure. In fact, there is no evidence that introducing allergenic foods only once is effective,” explains Katie Marks-Cogan, M.D., a Board Certified Allergist and Chief Allergist at Ready, Set, Food!

“There is no evidence that introducing allergenic foods only once is effective.”


What Parents Need To Know:

In order to help reduce your child’s risk of developing a food allergy, according to the landmark studies, parents must follow early and sustained allergen exposure by:

  • Introducing allergenic foods as early as 4-11 months
  • Sustaining exposure for:
    • At least 6 months
    • Multiple times per week
  • Remember: early introduction alone does not prevent food allergies
  • Early and often: provides the best protection against food allergies

While it’s possible to maintain a strict regimen when introducing allergenic foods like peanut, egg, and milk multiple times a week for several months to an infant, it can be very challenging for parents. Even our chief allergist and mom of two can attest to the difficulty of following the study protocols and getting an infant to eat anything on a regular basis. Because maintaining this frequency of exposure for your baby can be difficult, we were inspired to create a better, easier, and safer way for parents to help protect their kids from food allergies.


That’s why Ready, Set, Food! is designed to fit into your baby’s normal routine. Just add to a bottle or baby food, once a day. Continue this until your baby is eating these foods frequently as part of his or her regular diet to reduce your baby’s risk of developing food allergies by up to 80%.


Early AND sustained allergen introduction made easy, for families like yours.  


 



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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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