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New York - Surprising new results on the prevalence of food allergies in children suggest that introducing highly allergenic foods to babies at a young age may play a role in preventing allergies in children as they get older.
According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, a January article in a clinical journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends introducing highly allergenic foods including peanuts, shellfish and eggs to babies as young as four to six months of age after the typical “first foods” such as rice cereal, fruits and vegetables have been eaten and tolerated, in stark contrast to earlier recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggesting that these foods be introduced at a much later date.
A Journal of Allergy Clinical Immunology article reported that the rate of children with peanut allergies in the United Kingdom was ten times greater than that of Israeli children.  The 2008 study, which compared 5,000 children in the United Kingdom with an equal number of their Israeli counterparts, led to a follow up study of approximately one hundred infants in each country and found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday. 
“The body has to be trained in the first year of life.  We think there’s a critical window probably around four to six months, when the child first starts to eat solids,” explained Katie Allen, a professor and allergist at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia.
Exposing babies to certain foods in their first months may help prevent their immune systems from treating them as foreign substances and reacting adversely when they are introduced at a later age.
“There’s been more studies that find that if you introduce them early you may actually prevent food allergy,” said Denver pediatric allergist David Fleisicher.  “We need to get the message out now to pediatricians, primary care physicians and specialists that these allergenic foods can be introduced early.”
Other experts were critical of the findings and suggested that further research is needed.
“The evidence that has come up is of great interest but it’s all either anecdotal or epidemiological,” said Dr. Robert Wood, director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who suggested that parents not feel the need to introduce the foods in question in their child’s first few months.
“You can do whatever you want because we’re not sure what makes a difference,” added Dr. Wood.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 12:07 AM jack-l Says:

.so moms and dads to be ..how are you gonna paskin. A.A.of A.A.and I. or A.A.of P

or maybe ask grandma.
My bubi Z`L said they were lucky if they had something to eat

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 12:27 AM Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 02:11 AM Naftush Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

It's not strange at all. Bamba is safe and healthy as such things go and more-or-less dissolves in the mouth. It is standard in Israel from almost the earliest age.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 03:07 AM I_Am_Me Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

I personally hate bamba, but when babies start teething (which can be as early as 3 mo old) they need such food for their aching gums. Therefore, it's not completely wrong for them to start eating it at 4-6 mo old.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 07:18 AM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

Walk into any pizza shop in lakewood and you see infants munching on french fries and guzzling down 20 ounce bottles of coke, so no, sadly this does not strike me as weird/strange

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 08:43 AM Ignorance is NOT Bliss Says:

(Reply to #5):

Sadly, there is so much ignorance out there. There seems to be a reluctance and even a real unwillingness among the Lakewood and yeshiva crowd to educate ourselves and our families about health and nutrition, even as it pertains to our infants! What are we teaching our children about which foods and snacks are healthy and beneficial to them?
About how one's diet can, over time, contribute to clogged arteries and disease? French fries for infants? Really?

Do these parents not read labels? Do they know anything about transfats, salt, excess sugar and its harmful effects? Do Lakewood people understand the benefits of feeding children fresh, natural foods instead of processed foods? I guess these folks aren't watching Dr. Oz, but still......

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 08:44 AM qazxc Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

Not at all. Not only in Israel, we fed it to our kids when we were back in the States, even before it was readily available here.

Bamba travels better in carry on luggage better than Crembo, but we tried that a couple of times too.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 09:33 AM Shlomit Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

It's not that strange. The size and shape are ideal for babies who have just developed their pincer grasp to hold on to. The consistency is good for teething babies to test out their chewings skills without being a choking hazard. (Bamba melts in the mouth). Because of the peanut butter, it has some nutritional value. It is over-processed like many other snack foods, but not all bad.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 09:42 AM qazxc Says:

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ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Walk into any pizza shop in lakewood and you see infants munching on french fries and guzzling down 20 ounce bottles of coke, so no, sadly this does not strike me as weird/strange

Infants guzzling 20oz bottles of Coke? Are you sure they aren't getting their little hentaloch on litre or 2 litre bottles?

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 09:50 AM Reb Yid Says:

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend restricting any foods because of allergy concerns after 4-6 months (the article incorrectly says "a much later date"). There was a study which showed that there might be an increased incidence of milk allergy if unhydrolyzed cow's milk was given prior to that age.

But everything we know about immunology tells us that the earlier the body is exposed to something, the less likely it is to mount an immune response to it, allergic or otherwise. If you expose the immune system to something earlier in its development, it learns to accept it as something that belongs in the body, not something foreign.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 10:17 AM Anonymous Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend restricting any foods because of allergy concerns after 4-6 months (the article incorrectly says "a much later date"). There was a study which showed that there might be an increased incidence of milk allergy if unhydrolyzed cow's milk was given prior to that age.

But everything we know about immunology tells us that the earlier the body is exposed to something, the less likely it is to mount an immune response to it, allergic or otherwise. If you expose the immune system to something earlier in its development, it learns to accept it as something that belongs in the body, not something foreign.

This is simply not true. The first time a child is exposed to an allergen, he/she will not have a reaction to it. It's after that first time that they build up antibodies to it. It is never a problem to give a newborn milk based formula, because newborns do not have antibodies to allergens. If you give that same formula when the child is 7-8 months old, if they built up antibodies to it, the allergic reaction can be severe.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 10:28 AM Shtarker Says:

We should also feed our children Torah at an early age, so they won't be 'allergic' to it when they grow.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 10:35 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This is simply not true. The first time a child is exposed to an allergen, he/she will not have a reaction to it. It's after that first time that they build up antibodies to it. It is never a problem to give a newborn milk based formula, because newborns do not have antibodies to allergens. If you give that same formula when the child is 7-8 months old, if they built up antibodies to it, the allergic reaction can be severe.

WHAT? Where did you fall from? Do some research on that, please. MANY newborns are allergic to cow's milk and soy. That's where the whole hypoallergenic formula industry comes in (mostly treif, unfortunately).

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:17 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

WHAT? Where did you fall from? Do some research on that, please. MANY newborns are allergic to cow's milk and soy. That's where the whole hypoallergenic formula industry comes in (mostly treif, unfortunately).

I did all the research I needed. I have personal experience with life threatening allergies. I was given this information from doctors because I was afraid to give my newborns milk based formula because my older kids had severe allergies. What you are talking about is sensitivity and intolerance which many newborns have, not allergies. Don't confuse them! A person can only be allergic to something by building up antibodies-you are not born with them.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:23 AM sasregener Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

Bamba at 6 months!? Ai Caramba!

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:42 AM MeiraKingberg Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

No, the sort of suck them and they dissolve. Israeli babies are very advanced. ;)
And the medicine behind this is good. Small exposures to known allergens build tolerance to them. Americans are too fussy about germs and what they feed babies. By the time an Israeli kid is in Gan, he's eating dirt and has had all sorts of things in his mouth.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:48 AM MeiraKingberg Says:

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Why Are Little Babies Eating Bamba Says:

"......found that while Israeli babies typically ate Bamba peanut snacks before the age of six months, babies in the United Kingdom had no exposure to peanut products until after their first birthday."

Are you kidding me? Little babies are eating Bamba? Does this strike anyone else as weird/strange?

My parents were both doctors in NJ and when they had a fussy baby patient, they'd tell the parents to give it raw milk from Walker Gordon div. of Borden's. There were CertifiedTB free cows. Those babies who did not tolerate pasteurized milk or formulas, thrived on the Raw Milk, but unfortunately in the 1950's, the state forced farmers to pasteurize so Borden's closed down Walker Gordon. Americans eat too much processed food and are harming their health and that of their children.
bambas are junk food but the idea of introducing peanuts at that point is good.
Babies should not be given manufactured formulas. If the mother really cannot nurse, there are better alternatives.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 12:49 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

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jack-l Says:

.so moms and dads to be ..how are you gonna paskin. A.A.of A.A.and I. or A.A.of P

or maybe ask grandma.
My bubi Z`L said they were lucky if they had something to eat

In Science you don't need poskim. You have evidence. Your lineage doesn't matter. The school you teach at doesn't matter.. If the facts support your position they support your position. If they don't, you have to alter or abandon it.

Wait for the research. Don't blindly follow. That's how it works.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 09:40 PM Aryeh Says:

The prenatal diet has as much to do with allergen tolerances as does the timing of their dietary introduction to children.

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