Why Do We Care About Allergy Prevention?
According to the CDC, food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children. That’s once every three minutes. I know that reality, that’s my baby at 10 months old. Unable to communicate or understand, and searching my face for why I gave him food that hurt him.Food allergies are deadly, and on the rise:
- 1 in 50 Americans have anaphylactic allergies
- Nearly 1 in 13 children have food allergies with young children affected most—that’s 2 per classroom
- The prevalence of food allergies is rising—increasing 50% between 1997 and 2016
- Anaphylaxis can come on fast, and can cause lasting damage even death
- And there are more statistics that demonstrate food allergies on the rise
Although there is no cure for a food allergy—though some people can build tolerance— strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences
The drive for Lil Mixins' efforts on allergy prevention is personal. No one should have to know the gut wrench of watching your baby go through a reaction, or of seeing them tied up to machines in the hospital. It happened once for me and I was determined to do all that I could when my second son was born so it would not happen again.
Lil Mixins was born out of my frustrations as I tried to prevent food allergies in my second son. When the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their guidelines for introducing food allergens, suggesting continued exposure as early as 4 months, we did our best to follow the guidelines. But as it turns out, thinned peanut butter doesn’t mix well into purees. Ground nuts created an unfamiliar texture and there was the risk that some pieces might be too big. And prepping nuts for a baby risked contaminating our surfaces and equipment.
So I worked with pediatricians and food scientists to develop Lil Mixins, a 100% pure organic peanut powder that actually blends into breast milk, formula, or mashed food in a way that is simple to prepare, small ground enough for early eaters, and also avoids any contamination if you have other children or adults with allergens in the household.
Our blog will introduce you to the breadth of research on allergies and prevention, as well as practical information on how to make prevention part of every baby’s first foods. We hope you join us.