Early Introduction Program
Stop Peanut Allergies Before They Start
Why Participate in our Early Introduction to Peanuts Program?
Our early introduction program begins with a peanut allergy test. As a parent, you may already know the risks of food allergies and how they can impact the life of your child. From day one of treatment, you can put your worries to rest and learn whether or not your child has a peanut allergy.
Once we know that your child has not developed a peanut allergy, we’ll assess whether or not they are at a high-risk of developing a peanut allergy later. We’ll take measures to significantly reduce that possibility so that your little one can lead a happy, allergy-free life.
If your little one has developed a food allergy, we’ll help you protect them from a reaction. Once they are old enough, we can begin Oral Immunotherapy (OIT). OIT is a treatment that helps people with food allergies live reaction-free.
FAQs About Early Introduction to Peanuts
What Is Early Introduction to Peanuts?
The idea that highly allergenic foods, such as peanuts, should be introduced into the diet early to prevent risk of allergy.
Who Does Early Introduction Apply To?
All infants. There are different recommendations for babies based on their risk of allergy.
What Are the Higher Risks for Developing a Peanut Allergy?
Having an egg allergy or severe eczema.
What if My Baby Doesn’t Have an Egg Allergy or Eczema?
You can introduce peanuts any time based on your family’s preferences.
What Do I Do if My Baby Has Eczema, but It Is Not Severe?
You can introduce peanuts around six months of age, after other solid foods have been started.
What Do I Do About Introducing Peanuts if My Baby Has Severe Eczema?
Your child will be seen and evaluated by an allergy specialist to determine his/her risks.
Aren’t These Recommendations the Opposite of What Was Recommended in the Past?
Yes. It was previously thought that waiting to introduce allergenic foods would decrease the likelihood of a food allergy; however, food allergies have actually since increased.
Where Are the New Recommendations Coming From?
There have been many studies that led to the formation of a committee of experts to make these new recommendations. The studies show Early Introduction, when appropriate, reduces the risk of food allergy in the long-term.
What Is Involved in an Evaluation With an Allergy Specialist?
Your doctor will review your child’s medical history and perform testing to determine your child’s risk of having a peanut allergy.
What Kind of Testing Is Performed?
Skin prick testing and blood allergy testing.
What Happens After Testing?
Your doctor will discuss your child’s results and make a plan for home or in-office introduction or discuss avoidance if your child is considered high-risk.