Have you introduced Peanut butter?

Deanna - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Several friends have told me to wait until at least her 2nd Birthday..some wait longer so the child can communicate with you incase s/he is having an allergic reacion to the nuts (i.e. throat closing, ect.) and this is a valid point and got me thinking. On the other hand, she isn't allergic to anything but the whole "introducing nuts" freaks me out.

What are your thoughts?

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Cinda - posted on 12/09/2009

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Peanuts are the deadliest thing to be allergic to. I am allergic to them, and my allergist informed me of this when we discovered the allergy. A friend of mine almost lost her child at 1 year old after feeding him a spoonful of peanut butter. She was not allergic, nor was her husband. It is not worth it, in my opinion. I suggest waiting until your child is older.

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Cinda - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Eileen:

In australia we get told to try smooth peanut butter from 10 months old just a scrap on some toast to start with, then increase the amount. My son is 14 months now and he loves peanut butter.
If there is no history of peanut allergies i would go ahead with it. Just dont give them any peanuts untill they are 5 years old


 



I assume "don't give them any peanuts until they are 5 years old" was in reference to choking.

Lauren - posted on 12/09/2009

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oh by the way..another reason not to worry..his pediatrician said that the fact that he was breastfed for a significant amount of time(for us it was 7 months), it's less likely that he won't be allergic when he finally has it..

Lauren - posted on 12/09/2009

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the rule is at 1 they can have it but if there is an allergy in the family wait til 2.. my boyfriend(my son's father) is allergic to nuts and peanut butter(any type of nut), so the pediatrician said to wait he's 2

Deanna - posted on 12/09/2009

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Thanks so much!



No, there isn't any allergies in our family and she's had eggs since 9 months old..she loves them.

De - posted on 12/08/2009

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I introduced peanut butter to both my boys before the age of 1. There is no history of peanut allergies in our family. They both love it.

Megan - posted on 12/07/2009

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My little girl loves Peanut butter, She eats peanut butter crakers all the time for snacks. I think its ok to let them try it. :) I ate a peanut butter sandwitch about everyday when i was pregnant with her, its my favorite food, so I think it will also be a favorite of my childs.

Dianne - posted on 12/07/2009

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I haven't yet, but after reading these responses plan on it tomorrow! I ate pb just about every day that I was pregnant, and have continued to eat it while breastfeeding. I agree that if the baby has no other food sensitivites, and if you introduce it slowly it should be okay!

Erica - posted on 12/07/2009

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I just gave my daughter some yesterday and she seemed to do pretty well with it and liked it so..i dont see a problem with it.

Samantha - posted on 12/07/2009

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We have no history of food allergies so I gave her peanut butter at 13 months and she didn't have any issues.

Eileen - posted on 12/07/2009

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In australia we get told to try smooth peanut butter from 10 months old just a scrap on some toast to start with, then increase the amount. My son is 14 months now and he loves peanut butter.
If there is no history of peanut allergies i would go ahead with it. Just dont give them any peanuts untill they are 5 years old

Tamara - posted on 12/07/2009

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I agree with Lori, the recent research indicates waiting too long to introduce peanut-based foods may be a cause of the recent spike in peanut allergies. I picked a day when my partner was home to give peanut butter to my daughter for the first time so if we had to do a quick rush to the hospital (which is just down the road from our house) I wouldn't have to do it by myself! Fortunately she had no reaction and absolutely loves it. I wasn't too worried though as we didn't have any family history of food allergies, I think if you do you probably want to be more cautious.

Carrie - posted on 12/06/2009

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My doctor didn't tell me it was one of the foods to avoid now that she's a year old, so I offered it to her about 3 times. She doesn't like it.

Julie - posted on 12/06/2009

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Our son is 13 months and our doctor told us at our year check up to go ahead and introduce peanut butter in small thin amounts. More so for the choking factor than allergic reaction. Our other kids had no allergy's so she's not too concerned with him.

Nicole - posted on 12/03/2009

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hmmm I haven't yet and for that matter we haven't done cow milk yet either. if you feel she is ready, perhaps try just a small amount and see how it it tolerated. I am holding out with introducing potential allergens because of a long family history of food allergies and GI trouble.

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2009

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I just gave them some a couple of weeks ago and no problems. We do not have a history of food allergies in our families. I started by giving sunflower seed butter (looks and tastes similar to PB). They loved it and so I just decided to go for it.

Michelle - posted on 12/03/2009

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nope my daughter has an issue with milk and wheat so we dont need to risk it ...if she's anything like her brother she'll prefer almond butter anyway

Kim - posted on 12/03/2009

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No history of food allergies in our families. Both of my girls got peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on their first birthdays. They love it.

Kat - posted on 12/03/2009

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I have been advised that introducing peanut butter early is ok as long as: there is no history of allergy in the family & your child doesn't seem to have other allergy issues. I would start with having a peanut butter sandwich myself & kiss the child & see if there is any reaction like that (as this can happen through touch of skin in severe cases). A week later put a tiny bit on child's tongue & if no bad response make a thin spread on a sandwich after a couple days. Too thick or concentrate might not be good initially.
E.g. My daughter can now eat a muffin made with egg, but she can't eat scrambled egg. So start with small amounts.
This is my suggestion & most likely what I will do with my daughter.

Lori - posted on 12/02/2009

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For a long time the advice was always not to feed it to babies before 3 years, but then I found out the AAP has recently changed its stance, after new studies. They now say withholding peanut butter (or also egg/shellfish, etc.) will not decrease allergies (and in fact seems to increase them instead). After finding that out, we started him on peanut butter right away (a bit before a year old), and he loves it. So of course don't give her whole peanuts (choking hazard), but don't fret about trying peanut butter. As always, start slow and watch to see for any signs of allergy, just like for any other potential allergenic food. (And it's a good idea to introduce the new food during the day on a weekday when the pediatrician is still in the office, just in case!)

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