The good news is most babies are not at risk for developing a peanut allergy.
However, the window for prevention via introduction is small, and begins early—and all babies may benefit from eating peanut foods the first year, not just those at high risk for developing peanut allergies.
That’s why it is so important to know which path is right for your child.
If your infant has severe Eczema, egg allergy or both
Introduce peanut-containing foods at age 4 to 6 months
These conditions increase the risk of peanut allergy. Discuss options with your infant’s healthcare provider before introducing any foods containing peanut (and ideally before your baby turns four months of age).
If your provider approves, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend infants in this category begin eating peanut foods around 4-6 months of age — and continue to consume them regularly.
Introduce peanut-containing foods within the first year
The new guidelines recommend introducing foods that contain peanuts along with other solid foods and in accordance with family preferences and cultural practices—within your infant’s first year of life.
It is not necessary to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning introduction. Most children will fall into this category.