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  • Our Mission to Prevent Food Allergies: Meet the Inspiration!

    By: Andrew Leitner M.D.

Our Mission to Prevent Food Allergies: Meet the Inspiration!

By: Andrew Leitner M.D.

Our Mission to Prevent Food Allergies: Meet the Inspiration!

By: Andrew Leitner M.D.

Meet Abe, our inspiration! Learn more about his struggle with food allergies and how that inspired us to help families reduce their children's risk.

 

Meet Abe, my son and trusted sidekick.

Abe loves:

  • playing in the dirt
  • stealing his brother’s toys
  • crawling up stairs

Abe can eat:

  • apples
  • peanut butter
  • cream of wheat
  • cow’s milk
  • eggs
  • rice

Our Struggle with Early Allergen Introduction

Abe is free to do many things, but he’s not free to eat whatever he wants. When Abe was 6 months old, he suffered a severe peanut allergy and soon tested positive for egg and dairy allergies. Even though we knew about the recent studies supporting early and sustained allergen introduction, we struggled to get Abe to regularly eat foods like peanut, egg, and milk at 4 months (many parents will understand!). Unfortunately, Abe missed a critical window for food allergy prevention. 

Abe missed a critical window for food allergy prevention.

The Importance of Starting Early

Although that window is different for every child, it's important to start allergen exposure within the first year of life, and recent studies (and recommendations from the AAAAI, NIH, and FDA) support starting as early as 4 months.

Because of his food allergies, my wife, Marissa, and I need to monitor Abe carefully, and many seemingly innocent moments can be dangerous ones. But food allergies won’t slow him down. Abe’s spirit is what motivates us to put an end to the food allergy epidemic for other families. I’m passionate about turning Abe’s struggle into a mission to help families prevent food allergies before they start.

I’m passionate about turning Abe’s struggle into a mission to help families prevent food allergies before they start.

The Mission Behind Ready, Set, Food!

Although 1 in 13 children suffer from food allergies today, we can reverse that trend with early and sustained introduction. We created a gentle guided system to make it easy for parents to introduce and sustain exposure to peanut, egg, and milk for their babies, starting at 4 months of age.  Ready, Set, Food! conveniently mixes in with breast milk, formula, or food and is pre-dosed to give your baby the right amount, even if they’re not yet ready to eat food.

We hope you join us on our mission to end this food allergy epidemic! Visit our Science and How it Works pages to learn more about how early allergen introduction can help your child live a lifetime free of food allergies. 

 

  

 

About the author: 

Andrew Leitner, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Motivated by his younger son’s experience with food allergies, he helped the Ready, Set, Food! team develop an evidence-based approach to early and sustained introduction. He is a member of the scientific advisory board for Ready, Set, Food! Dr. Leitner received his M.D. with honors from Washington University School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at UCLA Medical Center. He is an assistant clinical professor at City of Hope National Medical Center, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

 

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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.

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