Have questions about feeding your baby allergy-causing foods for the first time?
We’ve got the answers.  

About Early Introduction:

What is early introduction?

Early introduction is the practice of feeding your baby the most common allergy-causing foods like peanuts, eggs, or tree nuts regularly to reduce their risk of developing a food allergy. 

 

How does early introduction prevent food allergies?

Early introduction reduces your child's risk of developing food allergies by teaching your baby’s stomach to tolerate a given protein before they can develop a food allergy. 

Early introduction is not a guaranteed way of preventing food allergies, but studies show it lowers your baby’s risk of developing a food allergy significantly.

 

Are there any other benefits of early introduction?

It is safer to find out if your baby does have an allergy earlier rather than later. 

Hives and vomiting are the most common symptoms of an allergic reaction in babies 0-12 months old. More severe symptoms, like throat swelling, are much more common in kids who are 2-6 years old.

By introducing allergens early, you reduce your baby’s risk of having a more serious reaction.

types of allergic reactions by age

What do doctors say about early introduction? 

Doctors recommend feeding common allergy-causing foods early and often following the publication of the LEAP and PETIT studies. 

Doctors recommend 4-6 month old babies that have:

  • No eczema or food allergies should start incorporating allergenic foods 3 times a week at home after they can eat solid foods. 
  • Mild eczema that responds to emollients or over-the-counter medicines should start eating allergenic foods 3 times a week at home starting no later than 6 months old. 
  • Severe eczema that requires prescription drugs, an egg allergy, or both should see a doctor to get tested for food sensitization
    • Babies who are not sensitized to a given food should begin eating it 3 times a week. 
    • Babies who are sensitized to a given food, but pass a food challenge, should begin eating it 3 times a week.

     

    When can I start introducing common allergy-causing foods?

    Doctors recommend introducing common allergy-causing proteins around 4-6 months old, or as soon as your baby starts eating solid foods. Doctors also recommend starting to feed common allergens even if your baby is older than 4-6 months old.

     

    How long do I have to wait to know if my baby will have a reaction?

    In most cases, it only takes a few minutes to an hour for a reaction to occur. However, reactions can sometimes happen up to 4 hours after eating or coming into contact with a given allergen.

     

    Can I feed my baby multiple allergens at the same time?

    Yes, you can introduce multiple allergens at the same time. You may want to introduce one protein powder at a time, but once they have been tolerated, you can add more than one per meal. 

     

    When can I safely stop early introduction?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends incorporating allergy-causing foods until your baby turns 1. It’s possible for your baby to develop an allergy even if they don’t have a reaction after their first exposure. Consistency is key! 

     

    Should all babies follow early introduction?

    There are different risk factors that determine if and when your baby should begin early introduction.

    Doctors recommend 4-6 month old babies that have:

    • No eczema, mild eczema or known food allergies should start introducing allergenic foods 3 times a week at home as soon as they can eat solid foods. 
    • Severe eczema that requires prescription drugs, an egg allergy, or both should see a doctor to get tested for food sensitization
      • Babies who are not sensitized to a given food should begin eating it 3 times a week. 
      • Babies who are sensitized to a given food, but pass a food challenge, should begin eating it 3 times a week.

    If your baby has a known food allergy, do not feed them that food. Early introduction will not cure an existing food allergy. 

     

    Will early introduction cure an existing food allergy?

    No, early introduction will not cure an existing food allergy. Once an allergy develops, your baby’s immune systems always has antibodies ready to react.

     

    Can you test for a food allergy? 

    The only way to confirm a food allergy is with an oral food challenge. In an oral food challenge, you feed your baby an allergen and wait to see if they have a reaction.

    Doctors can also perform a skin prick or blood test to test for sensitization to an allergen. Sensitization does not confirm a food allergy.

     

    What is the LEAP Study?

    The LEAP Study was the first randomized trial to show that peanut allergies could be prevented, even in high risk infants, by feeding babies peanuts regularly.

    The study demonstrated that avoiding peanut versus consistently eating peanut before 1 year old could increase the chance that children developed an allergy. 

    Of the children who avoid peanut, 17% developed a peanut allergy by age 5. Of the children who ate peanut in 3 or more meals a week, only 3% developed a peanut allergy by age 5.

     

    What is the PETIT Study?

    The PETIT Study investigated whether early introduction of eggs to infants with eczema would prevent an egg allergy at 1 year old.

    In a randomized, double-blind, placebo trial, half of the infants received 50mg of heated egg powder per day from 6 months to 9 months old, and 250 mg after 9 months until they turned 1. The other half received a placebo.

    The study found introduction of cooked egg along with eczema treatment was effective in preventing an egg allergy in high-risk infants.

     

    What is the EAT Study?

    The EAT Study is an ongoing study (as of 2019) to further test the hypothesis that the introduction of 6 allergenic foods into an infant’s diet starting at 3 months of age results in a reduced prevalence of food allergies by age 3.

     

    About Lil Mixins:

    What is Lil Mixins?

    Lil Mixins Infant Powders are pure protein supplements that make it easy to add peanut, tree nut, and egg protein into your baby's diet. Regular feeding of nut and egg protein is essential to reducing your child’s risk of developing allergies. 

     

    How do I use Lil Mixins Infant Powders?

    Just remember the phrase 4, 3, 2, 1!

    • Start as early as 4 months old
    • Use 3 times per week
    • Mix 2 teaspoons (scoops) into pureed fruits, veggies, yogurt, or cereal 
    • Continue until 1 year of age.

     

    Can I use multiple Lil Mixins Infant Powders at the same time?

    Yes! You can introduce multiple allergens at the same time and successfully reduce your child’s risk for developing those food allergies. However, feeding your baby multiple allergens in a single meal might be too much food for your baby. You should stick to one infant powder per meal, at least until they are a little bit older and eating bigger meals.

     

    Will my baby have a reaction to Lil Mixins? 

    It is possible that your baby will have a reaction when introducing Lil Mixins Infant Powders, just as they might have a reaction if you were feeding them peanut butter or scrambled eggs.

    If your baby has a reaction, call your doctor or seek medical attention. Discuss your options moving forward with your pediatrician.

     

    Should I use Lil Mixins if my baby has a food allergy?

    If your baby has a known peanut, egg, or tree nut allergy, you should not use the Lil Mixins products that contain those allergens

    Having one food allergy, however, makes your baby more likely to develop another, and early introduction of other allergy-causing foods could help prevent another food allergy.

     

    Why baked eggs?

    There are 6 studies on the early introduction of eggs: HEAP, STEP, EAT, BEAT, STAR, PETIT. Over all 6 studies, babies were 15 times more likely to react to a cooked egg rather than baked egg.

    This means that more babies can safely eat baked egg and reduce their chance of developing an egg allergy, hence why we used baked eggs in our Infant Egg Powder.

     

    Why just pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts?

    Tree nut allergies tend to be connected. When a baby develops one, their likelihood of developing another increases because the proteins in some tree nuts — like walnuts and pecans — are very similar.

    We use pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts in our Infant Tree Nut Powder because these four tree nuts have been shown to reduce the risk of developing all 8 tree nut allergies.

     

    Can I use Lil Mixins if I’m doing baby-led weaning?

    Yes! We’ve had lots of parents share that they sprinkle our Infant Powders on top of prepared foods. 

    Our community has also come up with a few ways to incorporate our Powders into teething biscuits and other, more solid forms of food.

    Here are some recipes from our community:

     

    Do I need to follow a strict schedule?

    As long as your baby is getting about 6g of protein per week (3 servings of Lil Mixins), it doesn’t matter when they get their fix! 

    But if a schedule makes early introduction easier to stick to, you can follow the one below:

    • Using just 1 Infant Powder: add it to breakfast or lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 
    • Using 2 Infant Powders
      • Add 1 powder to breakfast or lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
      • Add the other powder on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 
    • Using all 3 Infant Powders: get your 3 servings in in a row, alternating throughout the week. 
      • Mix in the Peanut Powder for breakfast and lunch on Monday, and for breakfast on Tuesday. 
      • Mix in the Tree Nut powder for breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, and breakfast on Thursday. 
      • Mix in the Egg Powder for breakfast and lunch on Friday, and breakfast on Saturday.

    We suggest doing it this way because reactions can happen up to 4 hours after eating. If you stick to one powder, you’ll know which one is responsible if a reaction does occur.

    It’s important to have time after feeding your baby Lil Mixins to watch for a reaction. If a nanny is coming over after feeding your baby Lil Mixins for breakfast, make sure they’re aware and know what signs to look out for.