A Q&A Session on Cheeky Monkey for Babies

 

For so many years, our pediatricians told us that we should postpone feeding our babies and toddlers "The Big Eight" foods considered allergenic for as long as possible to prevent the development of allergies. Recent research has proven that this idea was wrong but, for many people, the idea of feeding a baby a peanut-based food is scary nonetheless. We've gathered your questions and have some answers for you:


Q. Why is Cheeky Monkey the perfect first peanut food for babies?

A. Cheeky Monkey is high in peanut protein, easy for babies to feed themselves, and melts-in-the-mouth for no risk of choking.



Q. My baby isn't high risk; is it safe to feed him/her Cheeky Monkey?

A. Yes, eating peanut food does NOT increase the risk that a baby will become peanut allergic.



Q. When should I start feeding my baby Cheeky Monkey?

A. For the benefit of peanut allergy prevention, no later than 10 months old. For the squeals of sheer delight you will hear when s/he eats Cheeky Monkey, you can start whenever you start solids, usually 4 to 6 months old.



Q. How much Cheeky Monkey should my baby eat to decrease the risk of peanut allergy?

A. There is no certain answer to this, but the babies in the study ate 6 grams of peanut protein/week, about the amount in just over half a large bag of Cheeky Monkey.



Q. Until what age does my baby need to eat Cheeky Monkey?

A. Babies who were studied ate peanut food until age 5 years. A study is currently underway to determine if children must continue to eat Cheeky Monkey to avoid developing peanut allergy. But seriously, just try to take the Cheeky Monkey away from your 5-year-old. Good luck with that!



Q. My baby is not high risk for peanut allergy. Will eating Cheeky Monkey decrease his/her risk of becoming allergic to peanuts?

A. We know that it is safe for your baby to eat Cheeky Monkey and in the countries where babies eat foods like Cheeky Monkey, very few babies develop peanut allergy. Based on this, experts are generally recommending that babies should eat peanut food as soon as they start eating solid foods.



Q. What if my baby is high risk or I'm just not sure?

A. Experts generally recommend that high-risk babies be tested. Based on your baby's test result, your Healthcare Provider may recommend that s/he can simply eat Cheeky Monkey; that s/he should try Cheeky Monkey under medical supervision; or that s/he should avoid all peanut food. We know that most high-risk babies can safely eat Cheeky Monkey and benefit from that, but always consult your Healthcare Provider.