Ep. 84: How to Introduce Your Children to Highly Allergenic Foods with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan

How to Introduce Your Children to Highly Allergenic Foods with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan PIN

How to Introduce Your Children to Highly Allergenic Foods with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan

Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan is board certified in Allergy/Immunology and Internal Medicine and treats both pediatric and adult patients. Originally from Cleveland Ohio, she received her MD with honors from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern and fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital Pennsylvania.

After finishing her training, she moved to Southern California where she works in private practice and is the owner of Clear Allergy.

She is also the Chief Allergist and a member of the scientific advisory board for Ready, Set, Food!

She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, 5-year-old son, and 2-year-old daughter where she enjoys hiking, building LEGO castles with her kids and cooking with her family.

The Unspoken Topic

  • Any baby can develop a food allergy. It is not only based on genetics.
  • Early allergen introduction is the best way to avoid developing allergies. We used to think avoiding highly allergenic foods was the best way to avoid developing allergies, but that’s actually the opposite of what you want to do.

What We Cover

  • How to introduce highly allergenic food in a safe way.
  • Why we are seeing more and more kids with food allergies.
  • The root and treatment of eczema in young children.

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Key Takeaways

  • More kids have allergies now than ever before because of food avoidance. 
  • 1 in 12 children have a food allergy. Allergies to peanuts have tripled over the last decades.
  • Don’t be fearful to introduce your baby to allergen foods. Educate yourself and work with your doctors.
  • Infancy is the safest time to introduce allergenic foods because reactions are the most mild.
  • You have a golden window of opportunity to steer your child away from having allergies when you introduce your infants to highly allergenic foods.

Actionable Solution

 How to Introduce Allergenic Foods in a Safe Way

  • Start when your child is between 4-6 months
  •  Introduce one food at a time for 3-5 days.
  • Start with a small amount and increase it as you see (or don’t see) reactions. 
  • Continue to expose the child to these foods to avoid developing a reaction.





How to Stay Connected to Your Partner

  • Communication and holding back criticism. Their time is so limited together so they don’t waste it on criticizing each other. 




 One Tradition You Have Started WIth Your Family
  • Family book time each night.




 Most Excited About
  • Ready Set Food is spreading awareness around early allergenic food exposure with health systems.




Katie’s Gift For You

How to Introduce Your Children to Highly Allergenic Foods with Dr. Katie Marks-Cogan Gift

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Mama Has a Minute 

  • Favorite form of self-care: Taking a shower for more than 1 minute.
  • What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received: Your relationship with your partner is the most important thing.
  • Share your favorite parenting hack: Giving in every once in a while to keep everyone happy and sane.
  • Share 1 product your children cannot live without: Waffles.
  • Share 1 book: “BossyPants” by Tina Fey
  • What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is being selfless and being okay with it. It’s a wonderful feeling.


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