Early Introduction Program – Stop Peanut Allergies Before They Start
Why participate in our Early Introduction to Peanuts program?
Our early introduction program begins with a peanut allergy test. As a parent you may already know the risks of food allergies and how they can impact the life of your child. From day one of treatment you can put your worries to rest and learn whether or not your child has a peanut allergy.
Once we know that your child has not developed a peanut allergy we’ll access whether or not they are at high risk of developing a peanut allergy later. We’ll take measure to significantly reduce that possibility so that you’re little one can lead a happy allergy free life.
If your little one has developed a food allergy we’ll help you protect them from a reaction. When they are old enough we can begin Oral Immunotherapy (OIT). OIT is a treatment that helps people with food allergies live reaction free. You can learn more about this option here.
What is Early Introduction to peanuts?
The idea that highly allergenic foods should be introduced into the diet early to prevent risk of allergy.
Aren’t these recommendations the opposite of what was recommended in the past?
Yes, it was previously thought that waiting to introduce allergenic foods would decrease food allergy. However, food allergy actually increased.
Where are the new recommendations coming from?
There have been many studies that led to the formation of a committee of experts to make these new recommendations. The studies show early introduction, when appropriate, reducing the risk of food allergy in the long-term.
Who does early introduction apply to?
All infants. There are different recommendations for babies based on their risk of allergy.
What are the higher risks for developing peanut allergy?
Having an egg allergy and severe eczema.
What if my baby doesn’t have egg allergy or eczema?
You can introduce peanut any time based on your family’s preferences.
What do I do if my baby has eczema, but it is not severe?
You can introduce peanut around 6 months of age after other solid foods have been started.
What do I do about introducing peanut if my baby has severe eczema?
Your child will be seen and evaluated by an allergy specialist to determine his/her risks.
What is involved in an evaluation with an allergy specialist?
Your doctor will review your child’s history and perform testing to determine your child’s risk of having peanut allergy.
What kind of testing is performed?
Skin prick testing and blood allergy testing.
What happens after testing?
Your doctor will discuss your child’s results and make a plan for home or in office introduction or discuss avoidance if your child is high risk.
Schedule an Early Introduction Consultation
We look forward to the opportunity to discuss our Center’s protocols and procedures with you. A consultation with Dr. Comer is available for patients to sit down and discuss if our Early Introduction program is right for them or their child, and have an open discussion about possible outcomes or concerns about Early Introduction.
Request an appointment online. Our Program Director will contact you by phone during normal business hours
Food Allergy Treatment Center
509 Brookwood Boulevard, Suite 101
Homewood, AL 35209
|Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM|