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  • Questions To Ask Your Pediatrician About Early Allergen Introduction

    By: Annie Bunje

Questions To Ask Your Pediatrician About Early Allergen Introduction

By: Annie Bunje

Questions To Ask Your Pediatrician About Early Allergen Introduction

By: Annie Bunje

Talk to your pediatrician about early allergen introduction and the new guidelines at your baby's next checkup, and bring these questions!

Now that you know everything you need to know about the recent guidelines and evidence supporting early and sustained allergen introduction, it's important to talk to your pediatrician about these new guidelines at your baby's next checkup.

It’s important to talk to your pediatrician about these new guidelines at your baby's next check-up.

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Here’s our handy checklist to make sure you have all the information you need to give your baby the best defense against a lifetime of food allergies:

  • What new recommendations do you have based on the recent LEAP, EAT, and PETIT studies?  
  • What are the most common childhood food allergens?
    • How do I safely introduce these allergens?  
    • What amounts? How often? And for how long?
  • How do your recommendations change (if at all)
    • if my child has a family history of food allergies?
    • if my child already has allergies?
    • if my child has eczema?  
  • What symptoms should I be looking for after introduction?  And for how long?
  • How long should I sustain introduction?  
    • What amounts and how often?  
  • If I’m breastfeeding and eating peanuts, is that enough exposure for my baby?
  • My baby is older than 6 months. Is there still a benefit to introducing peanut or other allergens?

Your Baby's 4 Month Visit

We recommend asking your pediatrician about early introduction prior to your 4 month visit, as studies suggest that introducing allergens into your baby’s diet is most effective starting at 4-11 months. It’s also important to note that you should only introduce allergenic foods when your baby is healthy and an adult can monitor them for a reaction for 2+ hours. 

Only introduce allergenic foods when your baby is healthy and an adult can monitor them for a reaction for 2+ hours

As parents ourselves, we know how important your pediatrician is for making decision's about your baby’s early nutrition and health. That’s why our pediatrician-recommended approach is backed by leading allergists and pediatricians. Learn more about our story and the science behind our innovative and gentle approach.

 

 

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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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