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, as soon as they start solids, to train their body to tolerate those foods. Train tolerance and stop allergies before they start.
Early introduction is NOT for babies with a known allergy to a food. Do not feed a baby food they are allergic to.
Does early introduction work?
Isn’t early introduction risky?
It is safer to start introduction earlier rather than later.
Babies under one year old react with hives and vomiting if they have an allergic reaction. More severe symptoms, like throat swelling, are much more common in kids who are 2-6 years old. Early introduction reduces the risk of a more serious allergic reaction, in addition to reducing the risk of developing an allergy altogether.
What do doctors say about early introduction?
Doctors agree, all parents should do early introduction to reduce the risk of food allergies. The American Association of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as well as the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology created a joint recommendation in 2020:
- Parents should introduce peanut to all infants, starting around 6 months of age, not before 4 months, at home, after the infant has eaten one or more starter foods.
- Parents should introduce well-cooked egg to all infants starting around 6 months of age, not before 4 months, at home, after the infant has eaten one or more starter foods.
About 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 is Lil Mixins different?
Lil Mixins is designed specifically for babies. Nuts and nut butters aren’t safe for babies to eat. Our Infant Powders are baby-safe, will not turn into peanut butter when mixed into food, and do not have sugar and salt like peanut butter or other nut powders.
Our Baked Egg Powder is the only baked option on the market and our Tree Nut Powder covers all tree nut allergies. Lil Mixins’ systems train tolerance to the foods that cause 80% of food allergies. If used with yogurt and baby cereal, your child will be fully covered.
Lil Mixins also separates our powders, so you can safely introduce new allergens one at a time to watch for a reaction.
Why baked eggs?
Babies are very sensitive to eggs. When starting eggs, babies are 15 times more likely to react to a scrambled egg rather than baked egg. Baked means heated for at least 20 mins at 350F with a starch, which is what we guarantee in our Infant Egg Powder.
Why just pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts?
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.
How is Lil Mixins made?
At Lil Mixins, we take the safety of your child very seriously. Each protein is made in a separate facility with the highest safety ratings. The proteins are packaged in a facility with tight cleaning procedures to prevent cross-contamination.
Using Lil Mixins:
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 4 oz pureed fruits, veggies, yogurt, or cereal
- Continue until 1 year of age.
Can I Mix Lil Mixins into a bottle of breastmilk or formula?
Lil Mixins is not designed or intended to be mixed with breastmilk or formula, and doctors don’t recommend doing so.
Breastmilk and formula contain all the nutrients babies need to grow in their first year of life. Adding extra calories from an allergy powder to formula or breastmilk can be unhealthy for your baby.
Lil Mixins may clog a low-flow bottle nipple. In a pinch, Lil Mixins can be added to a sippy cup.
What if my baby can’t eat the whole serving?
Younger babies may only eat small meals (1 to 2oz.). It’s okay to use a half serving of Lil Mixins with a meal until your baby is ready for bigger meals.
Can I use multiple Lil Mixins Powders at the same time?
Yes! The very first time a baby eats Lil Mixins, they should eat one at a time. After that, they can use more than one infant powder per meal.
Will my baby have a reaction to Lil Mixins?
It is possible to react to Lil Mixins Infant Powders, because they are pure food. Most reactions occur within 2 hours. But allergic reactions are usually less severe in babies under one year old, so finding your baby has an allergy while doing early introduction is safer than waiting and finding out later.
If your baby has a reaction, call your doctor or seek medical attention. Discuss your options moving forward with your pediatrician.
Can I use Lil Mixins if my baby has a different food allergy?
If your baby has a known food allergy, they can still use the other Lil Mixins powders. Our powders are free of cross-contamination, and we have hundreds of customers who have used Lil Mixins safely with dairy allergies, or used the Tree Nut Powder with a known peanut allergy.
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.
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- Homemade Peanut Banana Teething Biscuits - Mommy: Home Manager
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- Toddler Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes - The Best Home Life
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie - The Style Files
- Smoothie Bowls and Toddler Pancakes - Om Sweet Home
Do I need to follow a strict schedule?
Our packages have a suggested schedule, but as long as your baby is getting 2-3 servings of Lil Mixins each week, it doesn’t matter when they get their fix!