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Introducing Allergenic Foods to Kids with Michelle Yasharpour

Dr. Michelle Yasharpour is an allergy, immunology, and asthma specialist practicing in Beverly Hills, CA.

She is a firm believe in patient-centered, compassionate, individualized and comprehensive medical care.

She is board-certified to treat children and adults through the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

She knows firsthand how important it is to find a great doctor to manage your family’s allergy and asthma care.

The Unspoken Topic

  • Allergies isn’t something to fear. It’s something to be informed about so you know how to handle them. The best way to prevent allergies is to introduce allergenic foods to your  baby as early as 4-6 months. 

What We Cover

  • How to safely introduce allergies to your baby.
  • What to do if your baby gets an allergic reaction.
  • The difference between allergenic foods and food intolerances.

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Key Takeaways

  • Introducing the allergenic food early his how the body creates fighting genes against that food so it won’t get a reaction to it.
  • Once you introduce a food, keep it in the diet. If you don’t, you risk becoming allergic down the line.
  • Introduce the food in a controlled setting like a doctor’s office in case there is a reaction, especially if you have a family history of allergies.
  •  There is no guarantee that one will not develop an allergy to a food. It’s common.
  • If you believe your baby is having an allergic reaction to a food, do not hesitate to call 911. Benadryl doesn’t always work.
  • There is a shortage of Epi-pens so allergists don’t give those out freely.
  • Allergic reactions occur within an hour of being exposed to the food whereas a food intolerance can come on 1-2 days after eating the food.
  • Eczema is common in children. Moisturize them with a dye and fragrance free lotion from head to toe, daily to prevent it.
  • Our diets have become so poor so the imbalance in our emails is what causes emotional intolerances in foods and we disguise them as allergies. 
  • There is nothing like having a mom community to rely on.

Actionable Solutions

 How to Introduce Allergenic Foods to Your Baby

  • Introduce the 9 allergenic foods to your child as early as 4-6 months old.
  • The 9 allergenic foods are: Peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, sesame, fish, shellfish, egg and milk.
  • Textures can be tricky at a young age. You can get these foods in powder form to add to their milk. Check out Ready, Set, Food.
  • Introduce a small amount, and only one at a time. 
  • Watch them closely for 30 minutes to see if there is a reaction. If there ins’t, give them more. 
  • Introduce a food during the day and after a nap. You don’t want them going to sleep immediately after in case there is a reaction.
  • Keep the food in the diet on a regular basis so they don’t develop a reaction later in life.




Hardest Decision To Make as a Mom

  •  Giving individualized attention to each of her 3 children because sometimes you just want to hang with all of them. But the reward of the one to one quality time makes it worth it and to see how it benefits each child.

A-Ha Moment About Parenting

  •  You can’t do everything.

Most Excited About

  •  Spending the summer with her kids. Having a good time with her kids, husband and family. When things are good, just appreciate that time.

Michelle’s Gift

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Understanding allergies, how they work and how to introduce them to your kids is so important and this information couldn’t have come from a better person! 

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Mama Has a Minute 

  • Favorite form of self-care: Hiking with a friend.
  • Best parenting advice ever received: Take a minute before getting angry and worked up. Make the incident a teaching moment. Create space to calm down and then teach.
  • Share your favorite parenting hack: Google Calendar for each member of the family.
  • Recommend one product your children cannot live without: Magna-Tiles.
  • Share your favorite book and why: Where the Forest Meets the Stars because it helps you to see in the perspective of the child and learn where they are coming from.
  • What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is our world and raising the next generation with morals and values we want to see in the world. It’s all about modeling the behavior we want to see.


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