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New guidelines from the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Disease (NIAID) encourage parents to introduce baby-friendly peanut foods to infants as early as 4-6 months of age—depending on their child’s risk—to prevent a potential peanut allergy. Despite these recommendations, many families are still apprehensive.  Yet, research shows that parents and caregivers are 47 percent more likely to introduce peanut products to their infant if it is recommended by their pediatrician or family doctor.

 

Below are easy-to-use resources to help you communicate the new guidelines to your patients and show them when and how to introduce peanut foods. Download and use these resources on your website, share via social media or make them available in your office waiting room royalty free.

Research

Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at Risk for Peanut Allergy
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One of the most significant advances in understanding food allergies occurred with the release of the results from The Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study in early 2015.  Led by Dr. Gideon Lack of Kings College in London, LEAP showed a reduction in the development of peanut allergies of up to 86 percent in children who ate peanut protein early as compared to those who avoided peanut foods.
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Guidelines for Clinicians and Patients for Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States
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The LEAP study results led an expert panel assembled by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) to rethink how we approach food allergy prevention. NIAID’s new guidelines recommend introducing peanut protein to infants as early as 4-6 months of age, depending on risk factors – including existing egg allergy and severe eczema. The NIAID guidelines also provide parents with simple ways to introduce peanut foods to babies and recommendations for how frequently infants who are at-risk for peanut allergy should eat peanut foods.
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Videos

Preventing a peanut allergy
Preventing a potential peanut allergy
This animated video breaks down the guidelines in a simple way to ease new parents’ fear, helps them understand their child's risk and offers easy, baby-friendly recipes they can try. This resource is perfect for office waiting rooms and patient email or social media communications.
Introducing Peanut Foods Early - Easy Recipes
Show parents this video so they can see how fast and easy introducing peanut foods to infants can be using peanut butter, powdered peanut butter and foods they have on hand.
Acaai - When and how to introduce peanut foods
Why see an allergist
Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (ACAAI) member, board-certified pediatrician and health services researcher, discusses when and how to introduce peanut-containing foods to your infant to help prevent allergies from developing.
Easy recipes with peanut butter for baby and toddler
Registered dietitian and mom Sherry Coleman Collins is committed to making healthy foods for her family, even the littlest one! Including peanut butter in meals is a great option for children once solid foods have been introduced at 4-6 months. Sherry shares recipes to grow with children from those first foods to toddler years and beyond.

Printable Materials

Early Peanut Introduction Risk and Recipe Card
Five easy ways
This 11 X 17” poster, highlighting the LEAP Study, can be printed and displayed in your office or waiting room.
5 Easy Ways to Introduce Peanut Foods To Your Infant Poster
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This 11 X 17” poster, highlighting easy recipes for parents, can be printed and displayed in your office or waiting room.
LEAP Study/Early introduction Poster
This front and back card helps parents understand their baby’s risk and provides easy, baby-friendly peanut recipes.