How To Introduce Allergens Yourself
Based on the research, health organizations from around the world are recommending allergen introduction as early as 4 months of age. To help, below are our safe, all-natural recipes for preparing peanut, egg, and milk yourself.
• Thinned smooth peanut butter, 2 teaspoons (9-10 g of peanut butter; approximately 2 g of peanut protein)
Instructions:• Measure 2 teaspoons of peanut butter and slowly add 2-3 teaspoons of hot water.
• Let cool.
• Increase water amount if necessary (or add previously tolerated infant cereal) to achieve consistency comfortable for the infant.
• Breast milk, infant formula or water
Instructions:• Hard-cook a whole egg and mash it. • Mix about 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) with a little breast milk, infant formula or water.
Yogurt: Whole-milk plain yogurt is an easy early dairy food to introduce to younger infants. Avoid flavored yogurts or any varieties with added sugar that infants do not need.
Ricotta Cheese: Whole-milk ricotta is another early dairy option once your child can handle a thicker puree. It tends to be lower in sodium than other cheeses.
Please note: The AAP cautions against offering cow’s milk as a beverage until after baby turns 12 months old as breastmilk, formula and water are the best beverage choices at this time.