1. How much peanut is in each packet?
The Introduction Kit contains 8 packets. The first day’s packet contains 200mg of peanut. Each consecutive day gradually increases the amount of peanut your infant consumes. A maintenance packet which contains 2000mg, has the most amount of peanut. One peanut weighs approximately 600mg.
2. Why are oat flakes listed as an ingredient?
Each packet includes a small amount of oat. This ingredient helps the peanut blend more smoothly into your baby’s meal. Also, while many older children and adults love the taste of peanut, this flavor can be strong for some babies. The oats help to neutralize the peanut flavor.
3. How much food should I mix each packet into?
As much as you’d like as long as you feel your infant will consume most if not all of it. A serving of yogurt or apple sauce, a mashed banana or about a third of a cup of prepared infant oatmeal are some examples of meals and amounts parents have mixed the packets into.
4. What if my infant doesn’t finish the meal?
Discard the leftovers and use the next packet the following day.
5. My infant successfully completed Day One through Day Seven, what’s the Maintenance (green) packet for?
The Introduction Kit contains seven blue introductory packets which are labeled Day One through Day Seven as well as one green Maintenance packet. Maintenance Kits, containing eight green packets, are sold separately. Maintenance packets are recommended for use up to 3 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.
6. Why do you recommend use of the Maintenance packets 1-3 times per week?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute of Health recommend early introduction of peanut and continued consumption of peanut, a few times weekly (see medical literature & news section).
7. Why are there increasing amounts of peanut each day?
Our product is modeled after oral food challenges performed in board certified allergist offices nationwide. Oral food challenges begin with small amounts of food and increase gradually throughout the course of the challenge.
8. What is an oral food challenge?
An oral food challenge is a highly accurate diagnostic test used to diagnose a suspected food allergy. During the food challenge, the allergist administers the suspected food to the patient in measured doses, starting with very small amounts that are unlikely to trigger symptoms. Following each administration or dose, the patient is observed for a period of time for any signs of a reaction. If there are no symptoms, the patient will gradually receive increasingly larger doses. If the patient shows any signs of a reaction, the food challenge is discontinued. With this regimen, most reactions are mild, such as flushing or hives, and severe reactions are uncommon.
9. What should I do if I suspect my infant is having a reaction to peanut?
Stop feeding your infant and consult with your pediatrician.
10. Can I use this product if my infant has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy?
No. The Hello, Peanut!™ system is not intended for use by individuals with a known peanut allergy. The Hello, Peanut!™ system is intended for the general population without a history of food allergies or eczema.
11. Can I use this product if I think my infant may have a peanut allergy and/or can I use the product to diagnose a peanut allergy?
No. This product is a guided peanut introduction kit for infants who have never had peanut before. If you suspect your infant has a peanut allergy and/or you want to diagnose a peanut allergy, speak to your pediatrician or an allergy specialist.
12. Can I use this product if my child has other food allergies, eczema or is high risk for food allergies?
Infants who have other food allergies, eczema or are high risk for food allergies should consult with their pediatrician before using our product. It may be helpful to get evaluated by an allergist if your child has been diagnosed with food allergies and/or eczema.