How To Reduce The Risk Of Food Allergies In Babies

 

With the insane amount of food allergies being diagnosed in children and adults lately, I have to say, it was one of Tom and mines biggest concerns when Evan was approaching the age at which we would start introducing him to solid foods.

Our Paediatrician is the absolute best.  She provided an incredible amount of information about when and how to introduce the top common food allergens.  The method she suggested was to introduce a food allergen or a new food one at a time and for 3-4 consecutive days. This way it was controlled and we could easily identify a potential allergic reaction.  She also gave us some background on a study conducted out of Israel.  There, they have a popular snack, Bamba, which prevents peanut allergies in children. She suggested searching for it here at a local grocer or speciality food shop. Lucky for us, Tom was very familiar with this snack as it was one of his favourites while he lived in Israel for a year.  We were also very lucky that his uncle was visiting Israel at the time, so we reached out to request if he could bring back a few packets of this peanut snack for Evan.  Within a few weeks we received a jumbo pack of about 40 snack packs of Bamba! At 6 months old, Evan was eating 2-3 pieces of Bamba each day.

We slowly introduced other common food allergens such as fish and eggs, in the same way.  I figured after getting past the eggs, peanuts, and fish, without an issue (with exception to eczema after eggs for the first time) we were good to go.

It wasn’t until discovering Roslyn’s Real Foods, I realized that there were so many other common food allergens that we had not yet introduced to Evan, such as other tree nuts and soy. Roslyn’s Real Foods makes it easy for parents to introduce tree nuts and soy to their little ones with ease and without having to spend a whole lot on full-sized jars of the stuff.  Instead, you can either purchase individual 20g taster packs of their 10 available tree nut butters or purchase a starter kit which includes all the taster packs.  Once you’ve introduced all the nut butters and soy individually, you can purchase a jar of their Wholesome Blends: Tree Nut Butter to regularly continue to expose your child to these common food allergens, and helping them build their immunity to them.

I decided to get a little creative when introducing the butters to Evan.  I mixed a little less than one teaspoon (you get about three from one packet) each day into a food or snack.  I started by mixing the pecan butter into a yogurt parfait in the morning, then I made a “mayo” using the soy in an egg salad for his lunch a few days later, macadamia in his breakfast cereal, and the almond butter in a smoothie – to give you a few ideas. Otherwise on a spoon or toast works just as well.

Before letting Evan have a taste, I made sure to taste all the nut butters myself and they are delicious! Most of these nuts I wouldn’t eat raw, but in nut butter form I am totally down.   I think this is such a great and simple way to introduce your little one’s to these common food allergens without spending a whole lot of money and also being sure that you are getting a healthy product that is made with love right here in Canada and with the best intentions at heart.  Try it for yourself (and little ones) and get free shipping on your order with code FREESHIP now through September 10, 2018.

If  you have any questions, you can find more information in the FAQ’s section at the bottom of their Homepage or contact them directly.

 

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a health care professional. Please consult your medical physician for complete information and guidance.

This post has been sponsored by Roslyn’s Real Foods. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

 

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

Introducing Baby to Solid Foods With Allergy Awareness

KidsHealth

Food Allergies and Babies

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