ok, so no seafood until age 2.

Kareen - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughther is 15 months old. Now, I know the rules and no seafood until age 2. But some rules are meant to be broken when it comes to our children. My family loves all kinds of seafood. Has anyone introduced seafood before age 2? What do you think?

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Ldoo - posted on 12/17/2009

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Yeah, the rule is no shell fish. Regular fish is fine (although be careful with the high-mercury fish).

I've never heard that about beef. My daughter gets (organic) beef constantly.

But I agree - everything in moderation. I think our kiddos are generally of the age where unless they have a propensity for allergies, they'll be fine with new foods.

That being said, my daughter doesn't seem to like fish these days. Granted, she doesn't seem to want to eat anything if it's not fruit or crackers.

Ambra - posted on 12/16/2009

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Our daughter eats shrimp all the time and loves it. My husband comes from a fishing community where the kids dig into the crab dinners at all ages. Personally I find the whole allergy thing a little over the top. If your kid eats shellfish once a day every day then maybe he might have a problem, but once and awhile? There definetely aren't a whole bunch of allergic kids in my husband's family and they eat fish regularly.

Nazia - posted on 12/05/2009

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I was worried to why I havent started seafood as he is is now 16 months old.Now i can hear from you..May i know the reason you cant start seafood to the little ones before age 2.

Bridget - posted on 12/05/2009

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We introduced fish into our daughter's diet once a week from 8 months old, She loves it!

Michelle - posted on 12/04/2009

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I thought the rule was for no shellfish until 2 years. My daughter loves fish and has some at least once a week and even if I don't have fresh fish she has canned salmon or tuna. Salmon/tuna & vege patties are a favourite.

Elo - posted on 11/25/2009

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My son is 16months old now and i started giving him fish before he turned one and he is doing great, still feed him fish as i do not know of any fish rule, only beef which i was told gives children worm, so for now, no beef only fish.

Pink - posted on 11/18/2009

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we didn't, better be on the safe side than caus a problem, an intolerance, maybe even an allergic reaction, no mushrooms either, they've got some toxicity to them that adults can stand but they can't.

Shannon - posted on 11/16/2009

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My 16 month old loves seafood! We started giving him fish around a year old an have never had any problems.

Greer - posted on 11/16/2009

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I worked in the fish markets and have never heard that rule in fact fish is really good because of the omegas and essential fatty acids found in them, as for murcury levels big deep sea fish contain high levels, good ones are farmed fish like trout atlantic salmon, ling(not farmed ocean fish) try to avoid things like groper and sword fish we started our daughter on fish before red meat

Usha - posted on 11/04/2009

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i havnt heard that rule either. I heard that u wait till a year old except for shell fish. I introduced my son to seafood at the age of 1...i give him hake or other "white" fish.....but strictly no shellfish at the moment...not too sure when that is safe to do but will look it up later.

Amy - posted on 11/02/2009

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My daughter was a year old when she had her first taste of crab meat. She did fine! I'd never heard of the rule of waiting til 2 years old! Fiona has a very healthy appetite and loves to try new things. I don't see why your daughter should have to wait 9 more months to eat the same things as you! Ask your pediatrician, and research it for yourself online. Just remember "Everything in moderation." I think as long as it's not excessive, and you treat it like you would a new food (don't try a new food for 3 days after trying a seafood) then she'll do just fine! Blessings, Amy

Pia - posted on 10/30/2009

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I've never heard that rule before. I know that with fish you have to be aware of the mecury levels in the fish, but there are guides online about feeding your child safe levels of fish. There is even something called 'The Safe Fish Calculator' which uses your childs weight to calculate how much fish they can eat. Now I don't necessarily use this, I just feed him the same amount that they recommend for pregnant women. There is so much info online about it all.

If you are worried about allergies, some studies have shown that delaying introducing a food does not necessarily prevent allergies. As with anything that is highly allergenic, just make sure you watch your son closely after feeding it to him to see if he displays any symptoms of an allergic reaction, and if he does, take him to emergency straight away. Just make sure that when you introduce seafood, don't introduce anything else he hasn't tried before at the same time. This way if he does have an allergic reaction you can definitively say it was the seafood.

My son is nearly 16 months old, and he eats fish at least once a week, and has tasted prawn and crab before. Hope that helps!

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