WNY Family Magazine July 2018 - Page 27

If your baby doesn’t have a reac- tion, expect your doctor to give you spe- cific recommendations for introducing peanut-containing products at home. “You will need to introduce peanuts in a way that’s appropriate,” Dr. Nowak- Wegrzyn says. At 4 to 6 months, babies aren’t developmentally ready for whole peanuts (radar: choking hazard). But babies already on “solid” food, such as infant cereal and mushy fruits and veg- gies, can probably manage a slurry of peanut butter and water or breast milk. The older your child gets, the more peanut options you’ll have, including peanut butter and mixing peanut butter powder into smoothies, pancakes, and yogurt.  If your baby is at a point in which he’s eating Cheerios, you can try feed- ing him Bamba (available on Amazon) softened with a few teaspoons of wa- ter (recommended for babies under 7 months of age). Keep in mind that you have a window of opportunity to train your baby’s immune system to tolerate peanuts by feeding your baby peanut- containing products. “It’s racing against time,” Dr. Nowak-Wegrzyn says. 3) Check back in.  Your pediatri- cian will likely tell you to come back in six months just to see how your at-home peanut product feedings are going. The support can be helpful and reassuring. egory. If your baby does, start introduc- ing peanut-containing foods into your baby’s diet starting at 6 months of age, such as Bamba softened with water. Note: You don’t need to visit the pedia- trician for allergy testing, Dr. Nowak- Wegrzyn says. Your baby is at moderate risk for developing peanut allergy if by 4 to 6 months of age, your baby has mild- to-moderate eczema. Ask your baby’s doctor if your baby falls into this cat- (PCMH) Emily Friedan, MD Low Risk Babies Jonathan D. Daniels, MD Your baby is at low risk for devel- oping peanut allergy if by 4 to 6 months of age, your baby doesn’t have eczema or any food allergy. If your baby is low risk, start introd