Peanuts for your Peanut


Guest Blogger!


Charlotte Rouchouze, blogger and culinary enthusiast from The Children’s Table, a blog that explores classic childhood foods from all corners of the globe

Hi! I am Charlotte. Today, DocSmo and I are teaming up to give you a special post about a topic that is very important for new parents and parents of small children. There is new research about the introduction of allergenic foods, in particular peanuts, to babies, and today we are going to go over what this means for you, and then finish up with a great recipe

You may be aware that peanut and tree nut allergies have become much more common in recent years, and it’s not entirely understood why this is the case. Since 2000, AAP has been recommending to hold off on allergenic foods, particularly for kids who are considered “at risk.” In the meantime, allergies have continued to rise astronomically. By 2008, we start to see signs that the thinking was changing, and one of the people who led to this change was a doctor in London, Gideon Lack, who compared rates of allergy among Jewish children in London and Israel. It turned out that the rates were much lower in Israel than London among the same population. Dr. Lack happened to know that there is a product that is extremely popular in Israel called Bamba, which is essentially a little puffed corn snack with peanut powder on it. Dr. Lack wondered if it was possible that Bamba was to thank for the lower rates of peanut allergy in Israel, but he was still skeptical. Bamba: Continue reading

Childhood Peanut Allergy (Pedcast)


Today I am going to let you know about a seismic shift that has occurred in the past year with regards to our understanding of allergy; specifically food allergy and likely all types of allergy that children can develop. We’ve known for a long time that children born into Western cultures, during the 20th century, had a much higher chance of developing one of the allergic diseases than do those not born elsewhere. Those allergic diseases are asthma, hay fever, eczema, and the subject of today’s talk, food allergies. We’ve talked about this a lot in various pedcasts on DocSmo in the past five years but the reasons behind this growing allergy trend are beginning to come clear. If you want to listen to some of my old posts, go right ahead. Here they are.,,,

Why so much allergy is the subject for today’s pedcast and, more importantly,  what are the current recommendations by experts to help parents avoid having their children becoming food allergic, specifically, peanut allergic. Continue reading

Stomachaches: Worried about the Wrong Organ? (Pedcast)


Pediatricians see a lot of children with stomachaches. It is estimated that about 10% of the childhood population have a stomachaches as often as 3X/3months, the definition of a syndrome pediatricians call recurrent abdominal pain. These children not only suffer great pain, but they miss a lot of school and other activities of childhood. Children with recurrent abdominal pain need to have some tests to make sure that they don’t have a serious disorder but fortunately, most of the time there is nothing seriously wrong with them. That is not to say that there is nothing wrong, just nothing seriously wrong with their intestines. The lack of a major disease of the gut is great news for these families but leaves everyone with a real dilemma, what is wrong with these children how do you help the child? That’s the topic that we are going to explore today so sit back and get ready for another edition of Portable Practical PediatricsContinue reading

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