About Early Introduction

For many, “early introduction” is a new term. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently updated their guidelines on introducing babies to potentially allergenic foods, recommending to start early introduction as early as four months old. This change was inspired by the findings of the landmark LEAP Study, which saw a drastic reduction in the likelihood of developing a peanut allergy after early and consistent exposure to peanut protein.

 

“Early introduction” means feeding a potentially allergenic food, such as peanut, early on and consistently during your baby’s immune system development. In more simple terms: early and often! Click the button for a crash course in early peanut introduction.

early introduction research

The LEAP Study

Early peanut introduction shown to reduce the risk of peanut allergy development by 98.3%

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In the LEAP Study, 640 high-risk infants were split into two groups: one group ate at least 6g of peanut per week, the other ate no peanut until age 2. The result was a 98.3% reduced risk of peanut allergy development (per protocol).

The LEAP-ON Study

Tolerance of peanuts seems to continue after successful schedule of early introduction

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In the LEAP-ON Study, 550 children from the LEAP Study avoided peanut for a year after completing early peanut introduction. There was no significant increase in peanut allergy.

The EAT Study

All infants who followed the early introduction protocol did not develop a peanut allergy

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In the EAT Study, infants across all risk levels were fed a variety of foods, including peanut, for at least 5 weeks between 3 and 6 months of age. No peanut allergy developed in the early introduction group.

expert recommendations

“As the mom of an allergic child… I knew how important it was to do early introduction with my new baby”

– Jamie, Mom of 2

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“As the mom of an older allergic child, I haven’t had peanut butter in my home for over 6 years. I knew how important it was to do early introduction with my new baby, and Aralyte made the process safe and easy for my whole family.”

New NIH Guidelines for Prevention of Peanut Allergy in Infants

Early peanut introduction for infants across all risk levels.

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As a result of the LEAP Study, the NIH established a committee to outline guidelines for early peanut introduction in infants starting as early as 4 months of age.

“Aralyte is a mess-free, easy, and efficient way for peanut introduction in the household”

– Dr. Jordan Scott, Boston Children’s

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Dr. Scott, one of the first doctors to start using Aralyte, studied pediatrics at Boston University Medical School and completed a residency in Allergy/Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He then founded Northeast Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology with five locations in Massachusetts.

in the news

“New peanut allergy prevention guidelines start in infancy”

“New peanut allergy guidance: most kids should try peanuts”

“Feed your kids peanuts, early and often, new guidelines urge”