Hey Saltee People!
Last month (MAY) was Allergy Awareness Month, and I fully intended on sharing this blog post then. But to be super transparent, the month got away from me. So, here I am in June, writing this blog post. Although not Allergy Awareness Month, I still want to talk about this because it’s SO important to talk about allergies with your little ones. Thank you to Mighty Me for sending me some of their organic Peanut Puffs and for giving me information about preventing allergies in little ones. This is probably one of two “sponsored” posts I have on my blog. I truly truly love this product and I love that the Mighty Me team is working to spread awareness to prevent allergies in infants!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional, please consult with your pediatrician with any dietary concerns you may have about your little one.
It used to be discouraged to give your infant certain foods they may be allergic to such as peanuts. In the year 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines stating just that, later in 2008 these guidelines were rescinded due to lack of evidence but, this became the social norm and the avoidance continued. In the coming years, allergies in children increased by 50% and nut allergies tripled. Today, 1 in 13 children has a food allergy. I definitely recognized this growing up. I am 25, and was born in the late 90s and I feel like there was always at least 1 or two kids in my class who had to sit at the no nuts table. I remember asking my mom to pack me a meat sandwhich a few times a week so I could sit with my friends that had peanut allergies.
Later in 2015 Dr. Gideon Lack led the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) Study and found that avoiding peanut protein in infancy increases the likelihood of allergy and consuming peanut foods regularly between infancy to age 5 decreases the likelihood of allergy by up to 86%. In effort to help families avoid food allergies, Mission Mighty Me was founded. This line of foods makes it easy, simple and safe to regularly include peanut and other common food allergens in infant diets aligning with pediatric guidelines. I remember going to see my pediatrician at 4 months old and him telling me to introduce peanuts, shell fish and other allergens (one at a time) early on and being surprised. Since then Jameson’s diet regularly includes allergens (he pretty much eats anything that isn’t spicy) and so far at 11 months no allergies.
Personally I love that the Peanut Puffs are organic, tasty (yes, I’ve tried them), and resealable. They are the perfect on the go snacks to take anywhere. Jameson feeds himself and he loves the taste. Check out Mighty Me’s website for more information on allergies in infants and if you purchase, don’t forget to use SALTEEBUTSWEET20 at check out to get 20% off!