Introduction Is Safe
Feeding allergenic foods to babies under 1 year of age is safe because babies have the least severe reactions of any age group. A recent study showed there has never been a food allergic fatal reaction under the age of 1, and reactions get more severe as your baby gets older.
Ready, Set, Food! makes it even safer by starting with a small dose, one allergen at a time, so that if your baby does have a reaction it’s as small as possible.
These are our safety principles, demonstrating how we’re committed to making early allergen introduction with Ready, Set, Food! as safe as possible for your baby:
Starting early is safer
Feeding your baby allergenic foods when they’re 4-6 months of age is the safest time, with no fatal reactions ever reported under the age of 1. No severe reactions were reported in 3 clinical trials with over 2,000 babies, which is why we love our patent-pending process of feeding allergens through a bottle...so you can start at the safest time.
Smaller amounts of food cause smaller reactions
We start with a very small amount of each allergen before slowly increasing to the same amount used in the clinical studies. Ready, Set, Food! is much more gentle than what families typically feed their infants, with a starting dose equivalent to 1 teaspoon of yogurt, 1/8th teaspoon of peanut butter, and 1/250th of an egg.
Only one food at a time
Our approach of starting with only one allergen at a time makes it easy for families to follow medical recommendations from the AAP and CDC about introducing allergenic foods one at a time.
Supported by US and international guidelines
The new USDA-HHS dietary guidelines advisory committee report as well as medical guidelines in the US and around the world all discuss frequently feeding allergens , starting as early as 4 months of age.
Created by experts, recommended by doctors
Allergy experts helped create Ready, Set, Food!, like Dr. Jonathan Spergel, head of allergy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Dr. Gary Rachelefsky, former President of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology (AAAAI). Over 1,000 doctors recommend Ready, Set, Food! because we follow medical guidelines and use the same doses shown to be effective in clinical trials.
The Science of Safely Introducing Allergens
In the three groundbreaking clinical studies demonstrating the efficacy of early allergen introduction in infants (LEAP, EAT, PETIT), there were no cases of severe allergic reactions in over 2,000 infant participants between the ages of 4 - 11 months of age.
Furthermore, according to a recent study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, infants experience significantly fewer severe reactions compared with older children, and that in turn, all infants can benefit from the early introduction of allergenic foods into their diet.
"We found that infants, unlike older children, have a low-severity food-induced anaphylaxis, which should come as reassuring news to parents who are about to introduce their baby to potentially allergenic foods like peanuts," says lead author Waheeda Samady, MD, from Lurie Children's, who also is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Safety Testimonials from Parents
“Nothing is as pure and simple“
“This is the one and only early allergen product to use! It is simple (one packet, once a day), gradual (allergens introduced one at a time and increased slowly over time), safe (follows established NIH and American Association of Pediatrics guidelines), and affordable.
The problem with other products is that they introduce the allergens too late or they put it in another food - how many times has your infant finished an entire meal, which would leave some of the allergen dose behind - or they do not follow guidelines and/or incorporate sugars and other non-beneficial ingredients.
Search no more. We loved our experience with Ready, Set, Food! and have turned many friends into happy customers too!”
“Staff is very supportive“
"I highly recommend using Ready, Set, Food for early food introduction. My 4 year old is severely allergic to peanuts and eggs (outgrew dairy) so this was the perfect product for us with our second child. We started using this at 4 months and he is now 9 months and doing great. Also the staff is very supportive and prompt at answering any questions. We will definitely use again should we have any more children in the future."
“Really appreciated the clarity of the labeling“
“My baby's pediatrician said it was okay for her to start solids at 4 months, and I knew how important early allergy introduction was, but that baby was just not ready to eat! She's a late bloomer who is just now starting to accept solids at 7 months. I was so grateful to find a product that can be mixed with milk instead of having to wait until the baby could eat solid foods.
I also really appreciated the clarity of the labeling and the step-by-step allergen introduction it lays out. If a kid does have a reaction to a new food, it's so important to be able to let the ER know what it was. I found this product to be a lot clearer than some others I looked at, and it introduces things one at a time instead of a bunch of ingredients all at once.”
“The safest way for me to learn my son had an egg allergy“
“My son was 5 months, 2 weeks old and on day 5 of the intro pack, he had a very immediate allergic reaction. While this was really scary as a parent, it was actually the safest way for me to learn my son had an egg allergy. Ready, Set, Food! shares when and how much of each allergen is introduced, which allowed me to have all the info I needed for my son’s doctor when I took him in to get checked out. Learning that he had only had the equivalent of 1/250th of an egg made me grateful for their slow introduction, instead of him having a full bite of eggs if I did this myself at home. This feels like the weirdest endorsement, knowing I tried a product that caused an allergic reaction in my son, but there’s no safer, gentler way to learn your baby has a food allergy then giving Ready, Set, Food! a shot.”
Do I need to consult my pediatrician before starting Ready, Set, Food!?
Based on the latest guidelines from the AAP, early allergen introduction is recommended for all babies with no need for prior screening from or consultation with a physician -- with the exception of babies with severe eczema. It is recommended that parents, specifically of infants with severe eczema, consult with their pediatrician first before starting early allergen introduction.
What are common symptoms of an allergic reaction?
In babies and young children, hives and vomiting are the most common symptoms of a food allergic reaction. Other mild to moderate symptoms include swelling of the face, lips, and eyes. Symptoms of an allergic reaction usually occur seconds to minutes after someone eats a food that they are allergic to, and almost always occur within 2 hours.
What does a severe allergic reaction look like?
When the symptoms of a food allergic reaction are severe, and involve more than one organ system, the reaction is classified as anaphylaxis. And anaphylaxis can be life-threatening.
Symptoms of a severe food allergic reaction can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Noisy breathing
- Swelling of the tongue
- Swelling or tightness of the throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent coughing
- Change in voice or cry/difficulty vocalizing
- Fainting /collapse
- Pale appearance
- Feeling floppy (infants and young children only)