Many parents have hesitancies when introducing peanuts to their infant for the first time. To help parents feel confident, the National Peanut Board partnered with influencers and healthcare professionals to document their journey of early introduction to their infants at home. Fans and followers of these individuals learned about common concerns, introduction techniques, and allergic versus behavioral reactions to foods.
The response from new parents has been positive and shows how the highlighted conversations are making a difference.
One mom said, “My baby is 5 months old and we have been giving her different foods to try. Peanuts was one that made super nervous. So thank you for this video.”
Another caregiver appreciated the expertise provided by the doctor: “Very educational. Thank you for having a professional on.”
It’s important for parents to talk to their healthcare provider early on about food allergies and introducing potential allergens. The new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend offering top allergens (egg, peanut, tree nut, cow’s milk, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat) when other complementary foods are introduced to an infant’s diet.
The DGA specifically states, “Introducing peanut-containing foods in the first year reduces the risk that an infant will develop a food allergy to peanuts.”
For infants at high risk of peanut allergy, introduce peanut-containing foods starting as early as age 4 to 6 months of age.
You can check out each influencer’s journey below via YouTube or Instagram:
Madison Miller is a mom of two from San Diego. She met with Dr. Theresa Jacobs to discuss the importance of introduction how she introduced peanuts to her daughter Riley and how she plans to introduce them to her second daughter, Kinsley. Theresa R. Jacobs, M.D., FAAFP is a board-certified family medicine physician providing the highest quality comprehensive health care to the uninsured and underserved at risk populations at Oakhurst Medical Centers in Georgia.
Amanda and Dane NewSan are dancers and studio owners in California. They met with Dr. Kathleen Wilson to talk about early introduction methods and share their first time introducing peanuts to their daughter Evie. Kathleen Wilson, PhD, CPNP, FNP– BC, BC-ADM, FAANP is on staff at Walden University in Tallahassee, Florida where she specializes in endocrine conditions, pediatric primary care, adolescent health and family health.
Blair Flynn is a yoga instructor and a mom of two. She spoke with Dr. Michelle Jones about early introductions techniques and made a plan for introducing peanuts to her daughter Paige. Dr. Michelle Jones, MD, FAAFP is with Wilmington Health in Wilmington, North Carolina. She works in family medicine and specializes in preventive medicine for all ages (newborns, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and seniors), skin biopsies, joint injections, pap smears and immunizations.
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