Peanut Allergy – When to give your baby peanut

Practitioners seem to have a lot of different advice about feeding. If you would like my guidebook on nutrition for 2 to 4 year olds, contact the office by email – I’ll be glad to send it to you!

Hey, Doc, I love peanuts. Can I give my baby peanut butter yet?

When should you introduce peanuts?  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s has recommendations about preventing peanut allergy in infants recently excerpted in Pediatric News.(see below)

Sometimes, a little bit of dirt is just what the doctor should order…

‘Tolerance’ is the ability of the body to initiate a more appropriate immune response to foreign protein than a runny nose, cough, lung or skin problems. Tolerance needs exposure. Where can you get more exposure to animals and pollen than on a farm? Well, the farm is the place to be if you want to develop tolerance. Those without exposure to a lot pollen or animal dander (say, living in a central air-conditioned home) have more allergies than a farmer’s children.

Do you want another example? Don’t envy your neighbor with a dishwasher so much if you have young children. Those who live in homes where dishes are washed by hand (and are this a little bit dirtier than those washed in a dishwasher) are at a lower risk for food allergies.

Back this up with some expert opinion, will you?

from AAP News 3/28/2016

“According to the 2015 Learning Early About Peanut Allergy trial, allergy-prone infants had

reduced development of allergy with early introduction of peanut-containing foods.

The addendum includes suggestions for early peanut introduction to infants prone to eczema and egg allergy, including the age of introduction. It also discusses the timing of introduction of other solid foods. For infants without eczema or any food allergy, it suggests age-appropriate free introduction of peanut-containing foods together with other solid foods, and “in accordance with family preferences and cultural practices.”

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Tribeca Film Festival and Vaccines

from AAP News website:
Anti-vaccine film pulled from festival after backlash
by Melissa Jenco • News Content Editor
A controversial anti-vaccine film was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival after a social media firestorm from pediatricians and others erupted.
In the film “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” director Andrew Wakefield, M.B., B.S., revives his debunked claims that there is a link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.
AAP CEO/Executive Director Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP, said she is grateful festival leaders removed the film from its lineup.
“Vaccines are one of the safest, most effective and most important medical innovations of our time,” she said. “Claims that vaccines are linked to autism have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. Any efforts to suggest otherwise would be dangerous to the health of our children, families and communities.”
Wakefield’s infamous 1998 study in The Lancet linking autism and vaccines later was retracted, and his medical license was revoked for ethical misconduct. News of his film being included in Tribeca lineup sparked swift backlash on social media from members of the medical and scientific communities who called it inaccurate, irresponsible and dangerous.
Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, who has a child with autism, initially defended the film but changed course just a day later.
“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family,” De Niro said in a statement. “But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.”
AAP President Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP, said pulling the film was the right move.
“This was a totally dishonest film spreading lies about measles vaccine and autism that have caused a lot of damage to public health and children around the world, and I was shocked that that film was being shown in the film festival,” he said.
Drs. Remley and Dreyer said the Academy is committed to advocating for families whose children have autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. In April, the Academy will participate in National Autism Awareness Month.
“As a nation, we must be doing much more to prevent and treat these conditions and support children and families,” Dr. Remley said. “The AAP will continue to advocate for increased investments in federal research dollars and new programs designed to improve diagnosis, treatment and care.”
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Zika Virus and Your Family Vacation

zika springbreak-families

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The Countdown to the Kids’ State Dinner Begins!

The Let’s Move State Dinner

The ‘Let’s Move’ State Dinner

This is a great event. If you are wondering what kids like to eat, this is a great place to start: ask the kids! I’m going to start recommending these recipes to my families in the practice

Dr Robert Rosenberg

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Numbing Medicine for Babies is Dangerous…

Good Advice…

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The 2014 National Young Farmers Conference

…Sounds like an exciting conference!!!

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Swim into Summer with Let’s Move!

LET’S MOVE: Some people think that Michelle Obama is the best first lady they’ve ever known. I agree… Let’s Move is a great organization that hopefully will remain after Obama’s second term.

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