Have any of you given your baby peanut butter yet? Thoughts? My peditrician says wait till after 2.

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Catherine - posted on 09/11/2010

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My 17mo had a PB sandwich but didn't care for it (with blackcurrent jam/jelly) but she loves satay type sauces (hot PB with tomato ketchup).

In UK was advised to wait until after 1 unless a family history and then wait until 2-3. We're advised not to give whole nuts until 3 but that's more to do with choking risk than allergies.

Abbyh84 - posted on 08/28/2010

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It's a personal choice. You should do what ever makes you feel comfortable. Personally, my daughter (16 months) has had peanut butter, and loved it!! She did just fine with it, but we made sure we were in a place where we could get help if she had a reaction the first time.

Tabatha - posted on 08/27/2010

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When my daughter was a year I gave her a peanut butter and Jelly sandwich. My doctor said it is fine. U just don't give them nuts til they r 2 cause many children are still teething and they are capable of choking.

Felie - posted on 08/27/2010

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LOL never thought of that Eleanor! Great idea.

Anyway, the reason I am interested in this is that I am from Africa and in my country, babies start having peanut a soon as they start eating (between 4 & 6 months)- grounded raw peanut flour is added to their maize porridge during cooking or to green vegetables when they are older. This is encouraged as it is the cheapest source of Protein and readily available. I had never heard of peanut allergies until I moved to 'developed countries' where it seems to be very common and even with tragic effects. would anyone know why this could be?

Cathy - posted on 08/27/2010

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I personally wanted to follow guidelines because I have LOTS of food allergies (I mostly ignore them, but have benadryl and an epi-pen on hand!). I bought a box of girl scout cookies, and put them in with groceries beside the baby. When I got home, I turned around, and saw her eating one or two - couldn't tell from the crumbs. I started to worry, and watched her like a hawk for a reaction, but there were none. Thank God!!!



I personally do not have peanut butter allergies, but just in case, I called the doctor's office, and his concern was more for choking than food allergies (2 hours after ingestion). He just wanted to make sure that babies eat only a little bit at a time, because if there were too much - it's hard to chew, swallow, breathe, etc. That was news to me!!!



On a side note, my doctor also mentioned that he believes that genetics doesn't always play a role in food allergies. Sure enough, my nephew has nut allergies, and he's the first in his nuclear and our extended family!

Jennifer - posted on 08/15/2010

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Never give your child honey before the age of two not one. If you don't have any food allergies in your family than I would go ahead and give him small amounts.

Oh and I gave my son strawberries when he was 5-6 months old and he never had any problems. I gave him all sorts of fruits and veggies and I am very thankful I did because he will eat almost anything except peaches. He loves tomatoes and will eat a whole one if you let him. I didn't really try a lot of baby food with my oldest and I regret it because I have the pickiest eater ever.

I haven't tried shell fish with either of my kids only because I never buy it. But my youngest loves halibut, cod, and tuna fish. Like I said, he will eat almost anything that you put in front of him.

Roxie - posted on 08/11/2010

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yup, we've tried peanut butter, and honey too
my daughter actually tried peanut butter when she was about 10 months... I was eating it out of the jar with a spoon and she begs whenever anyone eats anything, so i gave her a little bit not even thinking about it. She had no issues at all. pretty much the same thing happened with honey forgot that there was honey in something and gave her a taste... OOps oh well she was fine. and I have actually been told since that at least with the peanut butter, that really there's only reason for concern/ waiting if there are peanut allergies in the family. Well nad of course there's a choking hazard if you try to give it to them before they get the eating thing figured out pretty well

Rachel - posted on 08/10/2010

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I was just told not to until age 1 and then I started giving my son pb&j sandwiches for lunch and he still loves them and he is 16 months now and we haven't had any problems.

Eleanor - posted on 08/10/2010

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The lady said no honey til 1, but that wasn't an allergy thing, it was because they might catch botulism! Maybe the same thing with shellfish - i've stayed away from those too, because they can be bad for food poisoning

Eleanor - posted on 08/10/2010

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I went to a food course, and the pediatric dietition said that there were new studies about allergies. She said that its fine to give your kids any foods early on - that it builds up resistances. However if you're worried, do what my friend did and park outside a hospital with a peanut butter sandwich!

Dianne - posted on 08/07/2010

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I gave my son peanutbutter when he was around 8 months, he loves it. I think this is one of those mom will know best sort of topics.

Mary Lynn - posted on 08/06/2010

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My son's allergist recommended waiting until 4 years old to give peanutbutter.. he said the longer you wait the better. Of course my 15 month old has a considerable amount of allergies to food and airborne allergens.

Louise - posted on 08/05/2010

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Peanuts are one of the nuts that causes most allergies. The later you introduce the food the less severe the allergic reaction if they're going to gave one. It's that simple.

Amber - posted on 08/05/2010

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I waited until he was around 1 then tested it out. We have no allergies in our families and he was fine. He has PB&J and PB & Banana sandwiches all the time.

Rebecca - posted on 08/04/2010

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All my kids( 5 of them) had their first PB&J at about 9 or 10 months. They are all fine and they love PB.

Monica - posted on 08/02/2010

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I've been giving my some peanut butter since he turned one. If I didn't do it, some sneaky auntie of his would have done it. He loves it, but strangely he does not care for jelly.

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By 12 months my son has tried all kind of food that i eat including peanut.. but i put him back to his normal diet which is rice, potatoes, vegs, chicken, beef, pork, fish, egg, fruits etc... the kind of food babies eat...



I let him tried because my mother told me if i dont let him try he'll be picky eater later on.. (is that true?)

Tara - posted on 08/02/2010

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My husband gave my son a bite of his pb&j a few months ago without thinking, needless to say I wasn't happy but luckily he didn't react and that isn't one of the food allergies in our family. He is however allergic to tomatoes and sensitive to dairy. He's also had shellfish thanks to grandma and strawberries.

Kyla - posted on 08/01/2010

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I have not given to my daughter yet either, (she's almost 16 months) we have no peanut/nut allergies in our family though. I think I will wait until closer to two, but she has had tahini with no problems. she has it on her toast and in her yogurt.

Rachel - posted on 08/01/2010

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I have not given my daughter peanut butter yet. We are going to wait until well after 2yrs. I have some nut allergies (not peanuts though) and just don't want to risk it. I would go with what your pediatrician says.

Bunni - posted on 07/31/2010

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i gave my twin boys peanut butter when they were about 1. i saw that the teething rusks i'd been giving them since they were about 6months old had "traces of nuts" so i figured, since they hadnt reacted to that, then theyd be fine.

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We have given it. We waiting until after he turned one, we don't have any food allergies in the family, and weren't at any increased risk. He has had all sorts of nut butters with no issues.

Sacha - posted on 07/30/2010

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we gave our son peanut butter at 8 months, our family has no history of allergies, and we put a small amount on bread and wet it down with milk so that it was mushy and not sticky.

Stina - posted on 07/29/2010

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Yes. But our family has no history of allergies. Our pediatrician said she could have peanut butter (3rd child). Pretty sure with our first child we waited till after he was 2 yo though. I'd go with your ped's recommendation.

Marnie - posted on 07/29/2010

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yes, my son has had peanut butter spread thin on bread. We have no history of food allergies in our family. He likes it and has not had any problems.

Alana - posted on 07/29/2010

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I gave my son peanut butter when he was about one. Just a tiny bit to make sure he was ok with it and he was fine. I also thought that he had eaten a little chocolate and other things before that warn about traces of nuts. So if he had a nut allergy i'm sure i would of known about it. Also there is no history of nut allergies in my or husbands family.

Danielle - posted on 07/29/2010

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Yes, my family doctor never said to wait or anything. I waited until he was a year old and he's tried pretty much everything. Oddly enough he seems to have a sensitivity to peaches. They make him break out for an hour or so.

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