peanut butter!

Fari - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )

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just wondering my daughters 18months is it ok for her to have peanut butter?

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Anytime after a year is fine, just make sure it's a thin spread on the bread so she won't choke. You could try those Ritz mini peanut butter crackers.

Jen - posted on 03/19/2009

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But yes, the fact that the human child is exposed to LESS dirt and infection, does make the immune system go looking for work. Possibly adding to allergies.

Jen - posted on 03/19/2009

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No, it's because they get it too early.



Peanut butter wasn't around until about 1928. It's become more common as a household food in the last 65 years or so.



The increase in peanut allergies has been linked to pregnant women eating peanut butter, and the increase in young children eating peanut butter.



A child's immune system is not fully developed until age 3. Thus the AAP recommendation.
I have a niece who went into severe anaphylaxis from peanut butter. Even having traces of it on a table (left over from someone else eating it) can literally kill an allergic child. It's a scary allergy.



 



Fortunately, SOME children (my niece included) can overcome the allergy, if they have at LEAST three years in a completely peanut free environment. That is hard to do, and again, is only in SOME children.



There are other environmental factors that have increased childhood allergies, but waiting until they are three DECREASES the risk, it is not the CAUSE of the allergy.

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Patricia - posted on 12/13/2012

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I would say as long as their aren't allergies that run in the family then go ahead and try a little bit and see how she reacts to it.

Stacy - posted on 03/22/2009

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Our pediatrician recommended waiting until they were over 2 before introducing peanut butter due to allergies. We followed her guidelines, but really didn't feel it was really a big deal, since neither my husband nor myself have food alleries. Just short of 2, he was given a bite of a peanut butter cookie at a caregivers home. He had a serious allergic reaction. If yo choose to give it to her, be aware that allergies can be there even with no family history. Be careful too, because it can be so sticky and thick, they choke.

Mel - posted on 03/21/2009

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your right Kate. there is actually less risk of developing allergies if foods are introduced earlier in babies.

Kate CP - posted on 03/21/2009

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Quoting Jen:



The increase in peanut allergies has been linked to pregnant women eating peanut butter, and the increase in young children eating peanut butter.





Wait...the reason why kids and adults are allergic to peanut butter is because they eat peanut butter?I'm confused.

Morag - posted on 03/21/2009

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The US has the some of the highest levels of allergies in children than anywhere in the world. Its also the country with the most strictest legislation surrounding what is "ok" for babies/pregnant mothers to eat. A link perhaps? In countries where peanuts are used in weaning foods and pregnant woman are allowed to eat them in pregnancy don't have the severe allergens. New research is now being undertaken to review this. In the UK they now say that pregnant woman CAN have peanuts during pregnancy as long as there is no history of peanut allergy in the family. I ate peanuts (I had my youngest in Spain and was encouraged to do so by my health care professional) and I have given peanut butter from 9 months and both my girls are fine, plus there is a lot of asthma in my family but both girls seem to avoided the curse.

As far as Spain is concerned, the two things babies can't have is runny eggs and honey. This isn't due to digestion but that until the age of 2 a baby's immune system cannot fight off any possible salmonella bacteria in the eggs or botulism spores present in honey

User - posted on 03/21/2009

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my daughter is 16 months and i have given her peanut butter! actually i didnt even think about it haha i was eating it and she wanted what i had so i gave her some - think about it after the fact i realized there was peanut butter in it lol.....



 

Samantha - posted on 03/21/2009

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My grandson is 6 months old and the health visitor said its really good for him, probably best sticking to smooth one though. Oh by the way my grandson loves it

Danielle - posted on 03/21/2009

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If asthma and especially food allergies run on either side of the family I wouldn't recommend it. You should wait until they are at least 3.

Megan - posted on 03/20/2009

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Doctors say to wait until 2 yrs., I believe the sonner they get it the more likely the are to develop an allergy. I just would not want to risk it if waiting a little longer could help to prevent it!

Lise - posted on 03/20/2009

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My daughter has been eating honey nut cherrios since she was 9 months old. If there are no alergies in the family the chances are slim.

Rayna - posted on 03/20/2009

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We don't have a family history of food allergies, and my son has a peanut and tree nut allergy.  You never know what a child might be allergic to until they are exposed to it.  Just be observant when giving a child any new food.  A friend of mine discovered last week that her daughter is allergic to white rice.

Marcy - posted on 03/20/2009

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My daughter was about that age when she had her first PB&J.  Thank goodness we lived 5 minutes from the hospital as we found out she was allergic and had a reaction instantly.  Mouth and throat swelled up quickly.  They gave her a shot of epinepherin right away.  She is almost 11 and we have done well not to have any incidents since except maybe skin rashes where she may have come in contact with peanuts.  I would recommend trying peanut butter at a doctors appt to be safe.  Peanut allergies are so common these days.  Good luck.

Mel - posted on 03/19/2009

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the earlier the better! my daughter was on it at 3 months. nowadays they reccommend introducing it earlier because it helps prevent allergies. 18 months is fine. i hate peanut butter and so does my daughter but i gave it to her because if was recommended to help with weight gain on toast and things like that

Constance - posted on 03/19/2009

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They are constantly changing the recommendations on peanut butter. I would check with your doctor, then take his/her adivice and do what you are comfortable with. If your child is already eating table foods, you would be suprised at how many products peanuts are in (ie. some pizza sauces).

Jolene - posted on 03/19/2009

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I have always been told you can give them peanut butter at 12 months as long as there is no history of allergies in the family. I would introduce it slowly though, you wouldn't want to be giving them peanut butter suddenly everyday or anything. I have recently also heard on the news that now they believe waiting too long to intorduce peanuts can actully cause the allergy too. When it comes down to it I believe most of our desisions need to come from common sense.

Malinda - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:



I guess it's just a good example of how:  Things are done differently in different places around the world;  how there can be more than one way to do  something, and how a multitude of differing opinions can still be correct.






 






Your comment reminded me of something interesting.  I work with many people from India, and they *swear* that children who have issues with peanuts in the US do NOT have issues with peanuts from India.  I'm assuming this would be only for children who do not have a severe allergy (because honestly who would try Indian Peanut Butter to find out in that case), but I have heard this so many times.  I honestly can't imagine what would be so different about an American peanut vs an Indian peanut, but I have to wonder if it's ever been studied.



We are exposing our son to peanut butter and other nut butters in small amounts now (at 16 months).  Doctors are quickly going back on the 2-3 year recommendation and feel that it could even cause *more* allergies because the immune system never gets a chance to build up a tolerance before it becomes "fully mature."  It seems counterintuitive to me to avoid exposure unless you have a history of allergies and feel that a first exposure could be harmful....

Kendra - posted on 03/19/2009

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I am on WIC and my son is 27 months old.  They won't give it to him, saying that he could develop an allergy to peanuts or what not.  They said they don't offer the benefit of peanut butter until they are 4 years old.  Despite what WIC has advised, I do give my son peanut butter.  He loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  He doesn't seem to have an issue with it.  I guess it just depends on how you feel about it.  If your family has history of food allergies, especially peanuts, then maybe I'd be leary about that.  But my feelings were this:  If he's going to develop an allergy to peanuts, he's going to develop them whether he has peanut butter at age 2 or age 4.   Good luck! 

Beth - posted on 03/19/2009

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If there is history of any allergies in the family, then no. I think the recommendation is now 3 years old. I waited until 2 1/2 years to be safe. Also, the texture is hard for little ones to deal with and may cause choking.

Teresa - posted on 03/19/2009

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I just want to comment because I keep seeing these posts saying "I gave it to my kids young and my kids are just fine". Just be careful. Of course if ppl aren't allergic they are going to be just fine. It's the allergy ppl have to watch for. I try to play things on the safe side but then I've seen a child react from a PB allergy and it isn't pretty. Anyway Good Luck :)

Keri - posted on 03/19/2009

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They have now changed the recommendations on peanut butter. It is safe to give by about 9 months of age unless there are known nut allergies in the family. For the younger babies make sure it isn't to think. Both my boys got PB by about 11 months of age and they are both fine.

Teresa - posted on 03/19/2009

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I think they say wait until two because of allergies. It's honey they can't have until they are 2 because their bodies can't digest it properly. If you really want to try earlier, just give them a little and watch them to see if they have any kind of reaction... I myself try to keep away from the PB, honey, strawberries, shellfish... anything like that until they're two. Hope that helps :)

Adrienne - posted on 03/19/2009

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The only time I would worried about it is if someone in your family is allergic to peanuts or nuts. We are still waiting untill our oldest is two to be on the safe side. Due to the fact my mother is allergic to nuts. But I know that my step father has been sneaking lots of foods to my oldest before he was one like icecream, chocolate, and so on.

Misty - posted on 03/19/2009

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As long as they are over the age of 12 months and don't have food allergies, then it is okay.  I gave it to all of my kids at that age and they have all been fine.



 

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Per my reading, you should wait until the age of 3 to give them peanutbuter because of the risk of allergies. Good luck!!

~Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Jen:



THe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until  child is 3 years old, before introducing peanut butter. That's what I did with both my children.





I often wonder if the increase in kids with allergy to peanuts is caused by the fact that we wait so long to give it to children.  (not that I'm a doctor)



I guess it's the same as wondering if more kids are getting sick due to non-exposure to basic germs that we all try to iradicate by using 'anti-bacterial everything', because their systems haven't been exposed to even small enough amounts to develop a tolerance for them.



 



Makes you wonder...



 

Marci - posted on 03/19/2009

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I was wondering the same thing and a friend advised me to stay away from peanut butter all together since the massive recall regarding salmonella. I'd check recall sites on the web and confirm with your pediatrician. I know plenty of Mom's that gave their kids peanut butter way before age of 2. Good luck!

Jen - posted on 03/19/2009

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THe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until  child is 3 years old, before introducing peanut butter. That's what I did with both my children.

Carrie - posted on 03/19/2009

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i gave my boy PB when he was a 13 months old. Before giving him a whole sandwich i tried a littletaste here and there for about a week to see if there were allergies. Make sure it's a thin layer and not gloppy to prevent choking.



Carrie

Rachael - posted on 03/19/2009

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i gave it to my 4 kids b4 they were 2 but they would rather you wait till there 2 because of allergies.My first son has a penut allergie too.

~Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2009

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I would check w/ your pediatrician, but as long as there's no history of food allergies in your or your S/O's family it should be ok.   Start small....just a taste.



 On a funny note about this subject, my son had peanut butter for the first time at about 9 months.  Our cousin was watching him (He's from New Zealand)  and gave my son a Zweiback with peanut butter on it.  Lots of peanut butter......  I had come back and said the usual "OMG he's only 9 months he shouldn't be eating that yet....blah blah blah..."   He said to me "well, we've been giving the kids back home peanut butter since they could lick it off the sppon -  him being the oldest of 11 in his family ( and their resident caretaker) , and me having just had my first child (who seemed to be having no problems with the PB)  I figured I'd trust his judgement.  I now have a 4 year old that wants peanut butter on everything that goes near his mouth - and his sister (who got her PB at 9 months as well) is following right with him.  



I guess it's just a good example of how:  Things are done differently in different places around the world;  how there can be more than one way to do  something, and how a multitude of differing opinions can still be correct.



 

~Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2009

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I would check w/ your pediatrician, but as long as there's no history of food allergies in your or your S/O's family it should be ok.   Start small....just a taste.



 On a funny note about this subject, my son had peanut butter for the first time at about 9 months.  Our cousin was watching him (He's from New Zealand)  and gave my son a Zweiback with peanut butter on it.  Lots of peanut butter......  I had come back and said the usual "OMG he's only 9 months he shouldn't be eating that yet....blah blah blah..."   He said to me "well, we've been giving the kids back home peanut butter since they could lick it off the sppon -  him being the oldest of 11 in his family ( and their resident caretaker) , and me having just had my first child (who seemed to be having no problems with the PB)  I figured I'd trust his judgement.  I now have a 4 year old that wants peanut butter on everything that goes near his mouth - and his sister (who got her PB at 9 months as well) is following right with him.  



I guess it's just a good example of how:  Things are done differently in different places around the world;  how there can be more than one way to do  something, and how a multitude of differing opinions can still be correct.



 

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My son was eating peanut butter at that age. The pediatrician said it wasn't necessary to wait until he was 2 since there were no food allergies in our family.

Rizwana - posted on 03/19/2009

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my son is 18 months n i giv him peanut butter.i giv him the smooth one so he does'nt choke  on it.but  be sure  for food allergies in our family.

User - posted on 03/19/2009

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Most doctors will tell you to wait until they are 2. I'm not sure why but I think it has something to do with the maturity of their systems. But like Melissa said unless you have lots of allergies then I don't see a problem with it. I was giving it to my kids at that age too. I know mothers that were a little paranoid and went to the hospital and gave it to their child in the waiting room so that if there was a reaction they were already there and could be treated quickly. But it made them feel better doing it this way.

May - posted on 03/19/2009

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Hi. I gave mind peanut butter at about 13 month. Just gave her a tiny bit first to test the water so to speak. And I gave mind smooth one as she hasn't really got many teeth to deal with the crunchy peanut.

Melissa - posted on 03/19/2009

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I gave my kids peanut butter at that age. I would say that unless you have a lot of food allergies in your family it would be fine. I would not make it to thick or she could choke on it.

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