Peanut product claims to stave off allergies in infants


This year, our kids entered new schools: our daughter is in high school while our son started middle school. Because of our son’s food allergies, we always get a little nervous when he starts at a new school. Until he gets into a comfort zone in the lunch room and the staff is aware of his allergies, we always feel a little uneasy.

Thanks to a product recently reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, new parents hopefully won’t have the same worries we have.

Last month, the FDA allowed Hello Peanut to tout its usefulness in preventing peanut allergies. The product is designed to facilitate early peanut introduction to hopefully help children develop a tolerance to the legume and stave off a life-threatening allergy.

The $25 system consists of eight small packets of peanut powder that are labeled to correspond with when you should introduce them to your child (“Day 1,” “Day 2,” etc.). Each day the dosage of peanut powder increases. Hello Peanut also has a $20 maintenance kit with another eight packets of peanut powder that are intended to be sprinkled on your child’s food three times a week to sustain the tolerance.

Hello Peanut informs consumers that “For most infants with severe eczema and/or…