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 – firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.”