I know about the alergy risk to strawberries...but when should you introduce them?

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Shannon - posted on 07/29/2009

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Baby foods actually have them in the stage 2 jars now... so my son started with that at around 6 months... he ate real strawberries at 7 months, and blueberries around the same time. As with all foods that are new, just do a little at a time, and watch for any type of reaction!

Vicki - posted on 07/28/2009

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The baby jarred strawberries say 8 months, but if there is a history of allergy I'd probably wait longer. BTW It's only the red strawberries that can cause a reaction.

Freya - posted on 07/28/2009

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Our son had a horrible allergic reaction to strawberries when he was 8 mos. We stayed away for a year and reintroduced them slowly. Now he's fine with them. I'd just be sure to introduce strawberries with nothing else new, so you know for sure if your child can handle them!

Dana - posted on 07/28/2009

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this information came from kellymom.com:
Suggested ages for introducing allergenic foods
Here are some recommended ages for introducing some of the more allergenic foods. If there is a strong family history of allergies or if your baby is known to have food allergies (see below), many of these foods should be introduced even later.

Suggested ages for introducing allergenic foods
(for babies who are not at increased risk for food allergies)
NO solids (this includes cereal) or juices 0-6 months
Wheat
Oranges and other citrus
Cheese
Yogurt
Soy
Peas and other legumes (except peanuts)
Egg yolk
Corn 9-12 months
Cow's milk (including cottage cheese, ice cream)
Pork
Tomatoes 12 - 18 months
Egg whites
Berries 18 - 24 months
Chocolate 2 years
Fish & seafood
Nuts (except peanuts) 2 - 3 years
Peanuts 3 years
Sources:
Prevention of Allergies and Asthma in Children from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Food Reactions from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Preventing or Delaying the Onset of Food Allergies in Infants by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
Preventing Allergies in Infancy and Childhood from Allergy New Zealand

Mandy - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter is now 9 mo. and I started about 6 mo. also I buy most of our baby food and used a jar mixed with berries. With real berries I start small ( just a taste of mine first) then if no symptoms of a reaction I increase the amount. My daughter loves them, good luck!

Melissa - posted on 07/28/2009

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i just spoke with my pedi about this. she said that berries are fine, but to just introduce them one at a time and wait a while before introducing the next one. so far i've given my daughter (7 mos) raspberries and strawberries and she's been fine. i make all her baby food and mix the berries with other fruits...usually peaches since they are her favorite. she also gets the berries as finger fooods. good luck!!

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