At Killian's last check up, his pediatrician recommended that I introduce K to eggs and peanuts. You're probably thinking, "Oh...Kristen got a crack smoking pediatrician. That's a shame." Well friends, my pediatrician doesn't smoke crack. The American Academy of Pediatrics has done new studies that found babies introduced to eggs and nuts between 6 and 11 months of age are LESS likely to have allergies to it...by about 80%. The study came after finding that Israeli children didn't have peanut allergies. Turns out there's a popular teething treat called Bamba's that Israeli babies eat...that are made with peanut butter. And wala..no allergies. Crazy huh?
During the first year of life, a baby's body is figuring out what's foreign, what's normal, what to attack, what not to attack...so introducing it prior to a year of age can familiarize them and lower the risk of the body thinking it's foreign and attacking. So there you have it. We might've manifested all these food allergies in millennials because we kept them away from it. This actually makes perfect sense because Anthony has a nut allergy and never had a nut until he was like 9 years old.
Despite the science, my pediatrician's recommendation and confirming the findings via good old Google University...I kept putting it off. Anthony has a nut allergy and when you see a reaction like I did...(after he ate at a restaurant that had nuts in their free bread, which he didn't even eat but clearly coated all their cookware) ...you think twice. In fact, I’ve been dreading this moment since the day I found out I was pregnant. God...please don't let Killian have a food allergy. I babysat for a kid once who would DIE if he even inhaled peanut dust. Being a parent is scary enough...but if I had to go every day of my life dropping him off at school worrying that someone might've had peanut butter for breakfast and my child could die because of it? Ugh
After a week of going back in forth, I decided to take the plunge this morning. I put my shoes on, pre-dialed 911 and got my car keys ready in hand...AND? Praise teenie tiny baby Jesus because he had no reaction! None whatsoever. I know because I stared at him without blinking for at least 2 hours. In fact, he freaking loved it. I started with a small dab on my finger and he damn near bit my finger off. So I guess I'll keep giving him a little peanut butter here and there to ensure he doesn't have to live a life free of PB&J. I only wrote this blog, because I wanted all you mom's to know of the new study. I guess it's not widely known yet.
Note: My doc recommended mixing in a little bit of peanut butter with food. He also said we could try the Bamba's. For eggs he said hard boil the egg, take out the yolk and crush a little bit up over his food. If he's fine with the yolk, he'll be fine with egg whites. I haven't tried eggs yet, but since he's been vaccinated and a lot of vaccines are made with egg, I think we're good. Anyways...Here's the AAP's findings.
Here is a hilarious photo of K I took this morning.