Are you having your baby try peanut butter?

Jessica - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son was born on October 21st and at his 6 month appointment my doctor said that it is ok to let him try peanut butter. I was surprised when he said that because other moms I've spoke to have said they shouldn't try it before they are a year old. But he said it was a new study that just came out about 6 months ago stating that the sooner they try peanut butter the less sensitivity they should have to it. Has anyone else been told this?

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Alaina - posted on 05/11/2010

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I didn't let any of my children have peanuts or peanut butter until they were at least a year old. However, that's because I have severe allergies that run in my family. That's due to mostly my mom who is allergic to peanuts, peanut butter, strawberries, chocolate, gluten, eggs, dairy and the list goes on. So I pretty much waited until my children were nearly 2 to expose them to particular items such as peanuts/peanut butter and eggs. The first time we exposed peanuts to my 2 year old we thought he was allergic because he broke out in hives, head to toe, but we later found out it was due to the Amoxicillin he was on for an infection. We still waited about 30 days to expose him to peanuts again, and no hives. So we knew then it was the antibiotic. So now he can't have nay 'cillin antibiotics.

Samantha - posted on 05/11/2010

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i suppose your dr should know best but then again it depends on how you feel about the possibilities my uncle is 30 yrs old and hes been allergic his whole life but the only thing it does it make his throat close up no hives or any outside visible things and it will do that even if it comes to close to him in smell

September - posted on 05/05/2010

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Our pediatrician recommended waiting until our son was a year old. So we did and he loves it! FYI: If you're worried about an allergic reaction you can touch the peanut butter to his skin and you'll know right away if there is an allergy or not.

Kelsea - posted on 05/05/2010

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I've always been told the opposite. To wait untill they're old enough to communicate if they're having an allergic reaction since peanuts are such a common and very dangerous allergen. I myself am haighly allergic to them to where I can't be in a room if someone has an open bag sitting out. From what I've always been told allergies build up after repeated exposure. I know when I was little I love peanuts, peanut butter, anything containing either. I was diagnosed in about 5th grade when we couldn't get my asthma under control. It may have to do with the contributing factors of myself having asthma and being allergic, but I have been tol not to feed them to my child untill they're a toddler or can tell me if they're having trouble breathing, stomach pains, itchy throat... all the syptoms that can occur and be hard to spot right away in case it escalates quickly to complete loss of breath or a very bad reaction of hives, vision impairment, or vomitting. I guess I just feel strongly about not giving your child peanuts or other common allergenic foods untill you are able to spot or communicate a reaction quickly. In the end, it is your child and you should trust your own instincs and if you aren't sure with waht your doctor has told you, do some additional research. I don't mean to tell you what to do or to scare you, just giving you my honest opinion. Hope you and your little one have a good day.=]

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Katarina - posted on 05/12/2010

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I didn't give Peanut Butter to my son until he was a year old and I was really nervous! I gave it to him sitting in my Dr's office just in case he reacted. I would wait the year, it can also pose a chocking hazard, being so sticky. Either way it is up to you as a Mom. My son doesn't like it anyways.

Our Health Nurse, Darcy, told us that the new recomendation is to NOT delay anything past the suggested age. It can cause more sensitivities later on in life.

Ronda - posted on 05/12/2010

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i was told the same as Miranda...my doc told us the longer the wait the safer. I personally wouldn't give it my daughter until AT LEAST a year old just because peanut butter is one of the most foods kids are allergic to.

Chrissy - posted on 05/12/2010

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my first had it when she was a year and when my 2ed was 4 months old my first fed it to her both were fine and both love it

Miranda - posted on 05/12/2010

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I was told the opposite. I was told that the longer you wait to introduce them to peanut butter, the less likely that they will develop an allergy to it sooner

Lyndsay - posted on 05/11/2010

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I was told to wait until after a year because a peanut allergy can lead to anaphylactic (sp?) shock. My sister let my son try some peanut butter when he was about 8 months old without knowing and, thankfully, he was fine.

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