That system can be followed by maintenance packets that continue with 2 grams of peanut powder, to be used until a toddler can eat peanut butter or is old enough to chew and swallow peanuts without choking. Studies indicate that regular consumption of peanuts is necessary to maintain the food tolerance.
Dr. David Erstein, an allergist who founded the company Assured Bites, which makes Hello, Peanut, said he hoped the limited health claim on the package will both raise awareness and increase parents comfort level with the new recommendations.
There are still a lot of skeptics and anxious parents who are nervous, he said.
And though the research studies concentrated on high-risk kids, he said, we think this should be helpful for the general population.
The label cautions parents whose babies are at high risk for allergies because of eczema or an egg allergy to have their baby evaluated by a doctor and undergo skin or blood testing for peanut allergy before using the product.
The danger is that someone ...