For Parents

For Parents

Did you know the new USDA and AAAAI guidelines recommend introducing peanut and egg at 4+ months for every baby to help prevent food allergies?

Learn more here. Leading health organizations, including the USDA, AAAAI, and AAP recommend introducing allergy-causing foods as early as 4 months of age to help prevent up to 80% of food allergies.

Here are our customized tips and resources to help you follow these new guidelines at home to help protect your baby from food allergies:

“I recommend early and sustained allergen introduction for all babies.”

Jonathan Spergel, M.D.
Board-certified Pediatric Allergist

“It’s important that babies eat allergens like peanut and egg starting at 4-6 months.”

Shelley Watters, M.D.
Board-Certified Allergist, Advocate Aurora

“Early allergen introduction
is a real game changer in the pediatric world.”

Robert Hamilton, M.D.
Board-Certified Pediatrician

How Old Is Your Baby?

0-3 Months

Starting Learning About Early Nutrition and Food Allergy Prevention

Congratulations on welcoming the newest member of your family! We understand this is an exciting and busy time, so we wanted to provide our essential guide to the new USDA Dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers. Learn more about how these new dietary guidelines can help shape and promote healthy nutrition and feeding practices for your baby on important matters from prenatal nutrition to food allergy prevention.

3-6 Months

How to Introduce Allergenic Foods: The Importance of Starting Early

Based on the landmark clinical trials on food allergy prevention, we now know that 4-6 months is an important window to start allergen introduction! It’s recommended to introduce common allergens, including peanut, egg and milk, starting at 4 months. Learn more about the clinical studies on food allergy prevention here.

6-9 Months

Don’t miss your window for food allergy prevention! New research suggests that introducing allergens in infancy (under 1 year of age) is the safest time for food allergy prevention.

“Babies have the fewest severe allergic reactions of any age group, with the severity of allergic reactions increasing as the child gets older, by the two different severity scales.”
– Dr. Jonathan Spergel, Head of Allergy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Learn more about how it’s safe to introduce common allergy-causing foods like peanut, egg, and milk before your child turns 1 here.

9-12 Months

The Importance of Sustaining Exposure and Diet Diversity

Did you know that introducing allergens once is not enough to prevent food allergies? It’s just as important to sustain exposure to common allergy-causing foods like peanut, egg, and milk. Here are some helpful recipes for continuing to include these foods as part of your baby’s regular diet.

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