This post has been sponsored by Aralyte. All opinions are mine.
When my daughter was around eight months old I looked over and noticed her eating something I hadn’t given her. We were deep in the “she crawls around and tries eats EVERYTHING” stage, so this wasn’t a shock, but I ran over to make sure it was something edible and not a toy or anything else random she’d found on the floor.
This time, she was munching crackers her older brother had left out on the coffee table when he finished his snack. At first glance this seemed fine. Then I realized what type of cracker it was. My baby girl was eating peanut butter crackers. Not. Good.
Not only do they say to keep peanut butter away from babies since it can be hard to swallow, this was also her first introduction to any type of peanut product and I was concerned about an allergic reaction. We lived in a 3rd story apartment, and my husband was at work with our only car. There’s never a great time for an allergy to present itself, but this certainly was not the situation I had imagined introducing a new food that had the possibility of severe allergies. I’m eternally grateful that my daughter didn’t have a reaction or choke on the cracker I never intended for her to taste.
While I was relieved at the outcome it made me realize I should have had a better plan about introducing potential allergens to my baby and definitely a better method.
Now that I know about Aralyte, this is definitely the method I’d use if I had another baby.
Recent research in the LEAP study put out by the New England Journal of Medicine in Feb. 2015, shows that early oral introduction of peanuts could prevent allergy development.
Aralyte is a product that comes in little doses that are less than a teaspoon. This makes it easy to mix in with your child’s bottle or a bit of baby food. It’s an allergy safe package so it won’t contaminate other things in your kitchen if you already have a child with allergies.
I also appreciate that it is so easy to take around with you. You can even bring the very first dose to your pediatrician’s office to talk it over with her and then give it to baby for the first time with your pediatrician watching so they can recommend the best at-home plan for you baby.
This is a much better idea than introducing peanut foods for the first time via a stolen cracker in the middle of the living room.
Aralyte is all natural and even contains extra essential vitamins, like vitamin D. It doesn’t treat or cure existing peanut allergies, but it’s meant to help with early allergen introduction.Doctor-recommended Early introduction Peanut allergy LEAP Study American Academy of Pediatric which is currently recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to start between 4 and 11 months.
You can learn more about the products and facts/research it is based on by going to the Aralyte website. To get 15% off the first 3 months or 2 weeks of the Aralyte regiment, use the coupon code: Aralyte x Beauty