Giving peanuts to your baby: how do you do that?
80% of allergies can be prevented if you give your baby peanuts before the age of 8 months. But how do you give peanuts to your baby?
This article uses the official guidelines drawn up by DAFH (Dieticians Alliance for Food Hypersensitivity) and the Pediatric Allergology section of the DAP (Dutch Association of Pediatrics).
3 different routes for introducing peanuts
There are 3 possible routes for giving peanuts to your baby:
- Home- 3 steps
- Home - 6 Steps
- Consultation with doctor
Which route & schedule do you choose to give peanut to your baby?
In order to determine which route is most suitable for your baby, we have made a decision tree in collaboration with the pediatrician-allergist of the Food Allergy Prevention Taskforce.
Answered the next four questions and see which route for feeding peanuts best suits your Mini.
- How old is your baby?
Research has shown that introducing allergens under the age of 8 months is the critical limit.
- Does your baby have eczema?
Babies with moderate to severe eczema have an 8-24 times increased risk of developing a food allergy.
- Has your baby had previous reactions to food?
If your baby has had a acute If you have had a reaction to another food, the risk of a reaction to another allergen is also higher.
By acute response herein is meant an IgE-mediated response, in which a response of the immune system takes place. The complaints arise immediately after eating (between 1 minute and 2 hours) and usually consist of skin reactions (especially hives/hives or swelling in the face), acute vomiting, red watery eyes and runny nose and wheezing inhalation or exhalation. Pimples that appear the next day or abdominal pain 4 hours after eating are therefore not signs of an IgE-mediated allergy.
- Is there a fear of introduction or are there allergies in the family?
There may be anxiety in the parents because of allergies or reactions in the family.
1. Home 3-Step Peanut Feeding Schedule
If your baby is between 4 and 8 months old and there are no risk factors such as eczema or previous reactions to food, you can give peanuts at home via this schedule.
You then add for 3 days; Add increasing amounts of peanut to the baby snack in 3 steps. For this you can this scheme to use, prepared in accordance with the guidelines of DAFH dietitians and can also be found on the website of the Nutrition center.
2. Home- 6 Step Scheme for Feeding Peanuts
Is your baby younger than 6 months, but your baby has moderate to severe eczema; or your baby is younger than 8 months, but there is fear of introduction; then you can give peanuts at home via a modified 6-step schedule.
You then add for 2 days; Add increasing amounts of peanut butter to the baby snack in 6 steps. For this you can this scheme use, drawn up in accordance with the guidelines of DAFH dieticians.
3. Talk to your doctor about how to give peanuts to your baby
Is your baby older than 8 months; If your baby has severe to moderate eczema or has had a previous reaction to another food, it is recommended that you give the peanuts to your baby in the hospital.
If there are any allergies in the family or any other reason that you are nervous to introduce at home, please consult with the doctor what is the best route.