Your newborn baby is most likely to develop allergies if you or your partner suffer from them, but there is a pretty good chance he will grow out of them. Take for example about this study that eating peanuts will protect your kids from allergies.
Having a child with a food allergy can be a terrifying experience, especially if your child’s allergy is life-threatening. According to CMAJ, a Canadian medical journal, 3-4 percent of kids have food allergies. And between 1997-2007, the incidences of food allergies in the U.S. have risen by 18 percent. This is a pretty a scary trend if you ask me.
Medical experts suggest that the steep increase in food allergies means that prevention is the key, but prevention can prove confusing for new parents when guidelines for allergen introduction seem to be constantly changing. In January of this year, for example, the Academy of American Pediatrics (AAP) changed its guidelines to recommend that babies without eczema or food allergy and who are not at increased risk, be introduced to peanuts when they begin solids. For babies who have severe eczema or an egg allergy, peanut introduction is recommended as early as 4-6 months of age (with doctor supervision, of course).
Yes, my jaw dropped to the floor when I heard that, especially since my kids’ pediatrician recommended I wait three years to introduce peanuts to my kids. I ended up waiting until my children were 12 months old, with my doctor’s approval. Suffice it to say, all of the data out there can get pretty bewildering when all parents want is to have a healthy child, who hopefully doesn’t have to deal with a life-threatening food allergy.