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Some companies offer kits consisting of powdered blends with common food allergens and varying cost. Some advise a stepped approach, slowly increasing the amount, or mixing it with other foods. Other companies offer products they describe as “allergen-inclusive baby food.”
Many of the companies behind these products boast of board members with MDs and PhDs, and many also attribute the development of their respective products to medical experts with research or clinical fellowships in areas such as allergies, pediatrics and/or nutrition. Although none have scientifically rigorous research related to their own products, many provide links to general information, research and recommendations from the AAP, NIH and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to support the importance of introducing allergens into young children’s diets. At least one site encourages parents to Google information for themselves.
A small sampling of the available kits that introduce children to allergies using the stepped approach include: Hello, Peanut! which is priced at $25 for an Introduction Kit that contains seven introductory packets and one maintenance packet. “The first day’s packet contains 100 mg of peanut,” the product’s website states. “Each consecutive day gradually increases the amount of peanut your infant consumes. A maintenance packet which contains 2000 mg, has the most amount of peanut” and is “recommended for use up to three times weekly, until your infant can eat peanut in spread or whole form. The Maintenance packet should be used for the first time one week after your infant finishes the Day Seven introduction packet.”
Another product, SpoonfulOne, combines allergens into daily packets that are sold in monthly subscription boxes. The company’s website touts it as “an insurance policy for the immune system.” Boxes are $80 per month, or $70 per month if a subscription is purchased, and it is recommended that product — a powder with wheat, tree nuts, sesame, shellfish, milk, fish, soy, peanut and egg, — be used for at least one year. “Stir one packet into yogurt, mashed veggies, or your baby’s favorite meal,” Spoonful one’s website says. “We recommend breakfast.”

Some of the allergen-inclusive baby foods include Inspired Start, which states on its website that it is “the only baby food designed to introduce 8 common allergens.”
The website charges $23 for two pouches of either a peanut, egg, tree nut and soy powder or a wheat, sesame, shrimp and cod powder or one packet of each powder.
Another such product, Little Nut, is a “carefully crafted blend of peanuts, coconut, and banana or strawberry that can be enjoyed straight from the squeeze pack or with fruits, veggies or cereals,” according to its website. and costs $19.99 for 16 packs.
Lil Mixins another allergen-inclusive product is described as “100% peanut powder” and is available for $16.50 on Amazon, and according to the product’s website, is “easily” mixed in with food or milk and a jar lasts between 3 and 4 months.
Experts weigh in
Several allergists told Healio Family Medicine they do not believe these products’ claims.
“These kits are not a necessity by any means and are very costly compared with readily available forms of peanut such as peanut butter that can determine if children are allergic to peanuts,” David Stukus, MD, director of quality improvement of the division of allergy and immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said in an interview. “The kits will not replace any advice or discussion from a primary care provider.”
“These products are trying to medicalize a process that’s been a natural process for many years,” David Fleischer, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, added in a separate interview. “These companies are trying to capitalize on the fear parents have about introducing peanut.”
One expert in allergies said the only potential benefit to the products is that it would guarantee portion control in introducing common allergens to children, but even that may not always be needed.

Tonya Winders
“The kits may help preplan and divide doses but are not necessary if a parent feels confident with doctors’ instructions or if the parent follows guidelines put out by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology or the American College of Allergy and Asthma & Immunology,” Tonya Winders, Allergy & Asthma Network president and CEO, told Healio Family Medicine. ... y-products


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