What you need to know about food allergies
Food allergy rates are rising quickly
1 in 13 children are now affected, and the rate of peanut allergy has tripled since 1997
All babies are at risk of food allergies
Most children who are diagnosed do not have direct family members with a food allergy
Peanut, egg, milk are most common
Combined they represent more than 80% of childhood food allergies
Babies are not born with allergies
Food allergies develop over time. Scientists now recognize there is a critical immune window for prevention
Early and sustained introduction reduces the risk
Up to 80% reduction in allergies
The LEAP, EAT, and PETIT clinical trials showed 67-80% reduction in peanut, egg, and milk allergies
Introduce starting at 4 months
Introducing early is the way to make allergen reduction most effective, don't miss your window
Sustain exposure for 6+ months
Introduction is not enough, the only way to reduce allergies is to continue allergen exposure
Our approach is backed
by three clinical studies
Now, updated medical guidelines support early
and sustained allergen introduction!
Based on these pivotal studies, leading health organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) have updated their guidelines for the early introduction of peanut, and developing new guidelines for egg and other allergenic foods.
Want to learn more about these clinical studies and updated guidelines? It's all here in our Ongoing Education section.
L E A P study
in peanut allergiesLearning Early About Peanut allergyStarting at 4 months of ageDuration of exposure 4 years6g peanut protein per week
Over 600 children between 4 and 11 months of age at high risk for peanut allergy were randomized to either consume or avoid peanut until age 5 in order to compare the incidence of peanut allergy between the two groups.
Children in the peanut consumption arm of the trial ate a peanut-containing snack-food at least three times each week, while children in the peanut avoidance arm did not ingest peanut-containing foods.
E A T study
in peanut, egg, & milk allergiesEnquiring About ToleranceStarting at 3 months of ageDuration of exposure 3 months3g peanut, egg, milk protein per week
1,300 3-month-old babies that represented the general population (no risk factors) were randomized to either consume or avoid peanut, cooked egg, cow's milk, sesame, white fish, and wheat until age 3, in order to measure early introduction's effectiveness on various potential food allergens. Measurement occurred every 3 months.
43% of parents could not adhere to study protocol; top reasons cited were reduced maternal quality of life and difficulty getting the child to eat the foods consistently.
Children in the early introduction arm of the trial ate each food 3 times each week, while children in the avoidance arm did not eat any of the foods.
P E T I T study
in egg allergiesPrevention of Egg Allergy in High-Risk Infants with EczemaStarting at 4 months of ageDuration of exposure 6 months0.88g egg protein per week
147 children between 4 and 5 months of age with atopic dermatitis (eczema) were randomized to either consume or avoid egg for 6 months, in order to determine if step-wise (low to high dose) early allergen introduction is an effective method of lowering the risk of food allergy development. Throughout the study, mothers continued to breastfeed.
Children in the egg consumption arm of the trial ate egg powder mixed with squash 3 times a week, while the placebo group avoided egg entirely.
Our advisory board
"I recommend early and sustained allergen introduction for all babies starting at 4-6 months of age, based on the current guidelines."
Jonathan Spergel, M.D., Board-certified Pediatric Allergist, Head of Allergy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
“Babies should use this product for at least 6 months or until they are eating these foods regularly”
Katie Marks-Cogan, M.D., Co-founder, Ready, Set, Food!, Board-certified Allergist
“Ready, Set, Food! is the best evidence-based, multi-allergen introduction program for infants available. I strongly recommend it to any parent interested in early introduction of allergenic foods for their baby.”
Andrew Matthew, M.D., Board-certified Pediatrician, Chair of Pediatrics at Los Robles Hospital
"All babies should start early and sustained allergen introduction at 4-6 months"
Gary Rachelefsky, M.D., Board-certified Pediatric Allergist, Former President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)
“I tell every parent about Ready, Set, Food! at their baby’s 4 month visit”
Robert Hamilton, M.D., Board-certified Pediatrician
“Ready, Set, Food! makes the introduction of food allergens to infants safe and easy. Parents can feel confident in its science-based formulation.”
Steven Czinn, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center