Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Peanuts and Kids

I can remember being pregnant for the first time, and suddenly having a huge list of things I could and could not eat. No lunch meat, no sushi, etc. And then once I had Henry I felt like that only continued- no egg whites, nuts, the list of what babies couldn't eat was huge. I did so much research during that time, and throughout each of my three little ones' baby time (with Olive still in that stage), so when the National Peanut Board reached out to me to partner up on spreading awareness about preventing peanut allergies, I was intrigued.

None of my kiddos have allergies of any kind, but two of my dearest friends have little ones with a handful of food allergies, including peanut! I know how hard it can be for their sweet children, so I felt a personal connection to share some of the new guidelines about early introduction to peanuts, which I'll share more about below.

Here's the news: a study found that parents of children at risk for peanut allergy could reduce their baby’s chance of developing a peanut allergy by up to 86 percent by feeding them small amounts of peanut foods as early as 4-6 months of age. The study led to new guidelines by the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Disease (NIAID) that you can explore here.

You can read all about the recommended way to introduce baby-friendly peanut foods here, dependent on each child’s individual risk factors, and any parents who are anxious about introducing peanut foods early (ME!) should consult their pediatrician for support and guidance. We love our pediatrician and I ask her everything and anything- this was one of those questions I had with Olive, so definitely speak up and ask all the questions.

There are many, easy ways to introduce the recommended amount of peanut foods to a baby:
-Make “thinned peanut butter” by mixing 2 teaspoons of peanut butter into 2-3 teaspoons of hot water, formula or breast milk. (Allow to cool before feeding.)
-Mix 2 teaspoons peanut butter or peanut powder into 2-3 tablespoons of previously tolerated pureed fruit or vegetables.
**Whole nuts should not be given to children under age 5. Peanut butter directly from a spoon or in
lumps/dollops should not be given to children younger than age 4.

I'm so happy to help spread this news. I wasn't aware of this when Olive was in the early-introduction phase, but because we are nut-lovers in this house she tried peanut butter around her first birthday and loved it. I'm grateful that she is not allergic to peanuts, and my hope is that this research helps to cut down the number of little ones who deal with this allergy.

Lots of love and thanks for reading!

This post created in partnership with the National Peanut Board.

1 comment:

  1. So funny story-this was my plan to do with Jack when he was old enough, but when he was about 11 months old, he got into a bag of peanut m-n-m's and chowed down. I was like well...that's one way to do it.