When did you give your baby high allergy foods

Jaime - posted on 02/15/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 1 year old and I wanted to know when people started giving their children high allergy foods like peanuts, peanut butter, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish... etc...?

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Janice - posted on 02/24/2012

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I started letting my daughter have peanut butter and fish at a year. Eggs and strawberries we started between 6-9 months. We dont eat soy or shellfish at home. Nuts can be a choking hazard so she was closer to 2. No food allergies run in my family so it really wasn't something I was concerned about. I have asthma but asthma and allergies are not the same. An asthma attack can be caused by allergies but they are completely separate things.

Claire - posted on 02/23/2012

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Hi the parents don't have to have food allergies for their child to develope an allergy to certain foods. I am asthmatic which is considered an allergy and also allergic to penicillin. This is the reason my son developed food allergies to milk, eggs and nuts. I have never had a food allegy. If the parents are allergic to anything the child can develope an allergy to anything not necessarily the same thing, although if a parent has food allerges the child is likely to also develope them as well especially nuts. Luckily my son, who is 7 years old has now grown out of most of his allergies he is only allergic to almonds, brazilnuts, pecans and pistachios. He was never given any high allegy foods because of my history of asthma. He was diagnosed with the nut allergy when he went for testing when he was 1 year old as I suspected he had a milk allergy.

Bonnie - posted on 02/16/2012

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We waited until 3 years with both our boys and will probably do the same with the third as well just as a precaution. Any doctor I have spoken to in the past and research I have done has said, if allergies run in the family, it is best to wait until 3 and for the mother to avoid the items while pregnant and nursing.



It's true that allergies are not always genetic, but it is a higher change to get an allergy if they run in the family.

Tee - posted on 02/15/2012

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With all 3 of mine they were over a year before anything was given. With my oldest we held off on shellfish until he was 4 because his father and a few others on that side of the family were allergic.

Iridescent - posted on 02/15/2012

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The guidelines that stated to hold off on introducing foods that are high allergen or familial allergy related was a theory. It was proven untrue. The new allergy guidelines suggest starting foods at 4-6 months, 1 new food per week as a rule, any food at all (wait with raw honey until after 1 year due to botulism risk).



http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodAlle...

"5.3.2. Breast-Feeding

Guideline 37: The EP recommends that all infants be exclusively breast-fed until

4 to 6 months of age, unless breast-feeding is contraindicated for medical reasons. "



"5.3.4. Timing of Introduction of Allergenic Foods to Infants

Guideline 40: The EP suggests that the introduction of solid foods should not be

delayed beyond 4 to 6 months of age. Potentially allergenic foods may be introduced at

this time as well."



http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-...(10)01566-6/fulltext#sec6.3.4 - this is a link to the professional guide that was written from, the section regarding infant food introduction. It was simply a theory to hold off on foods that are more likely to cause allergies.

Jaime - posted on 02/15/2012

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thank you everyone! The only person who has allergies is my husband's sister's son! Everyone else is clean! I have a penicillin allergy but no food allergies!

Sarah - posted on 02/15/2012

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My son was about 18m and my daughter 12 months when I started them on peanuts. They both had soy and fish before a year, but neither have had shellfish yet (they're 3 1/2 and 18m now) as I'm anaphylactic to it and they won't get it until they're tested when they're about 6. Surprisingly, my daughter had an allergic reaction to red pepper when we introduced it at 12 months, something we weren't prepared for!

Elfrieda - posted on 02/15/2012

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Well, we started my son on peanut butter, honey, and shrimp once he turned one. Before that he had had some pecans. Actually, at 9 months old my father-in-law gave him a peanut butter cookie. I was more ticked off at the sugar content than the peanut butter, but I'm not overly concerned about allergies, we have only mild allergies in my family.



He had fish right away, and since soy is in everything, probably had that early, too.

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All my kids were eating peanut butter by/before a year. Other foods I don't remember, but it would've been any time around that age that WE were eating them.



We have no known food allergies in our family

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/15/2012

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If you or anyone in your family has allergies to foods, then it is a good idea to wait until after 2 I believe. That would be the parents, or grandparents. Close relatives.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/15/2012

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I think I started giving those things after 1 year old. Any introduction of food should be given for a few days straight (unless there is a reaction, the stop immediately) to see if there is a reaction.....do this before introducing another food. Introduce high allergy foods slowly. If you have any questions, you can always look it up on line or ask your pediatrician. But, many pediatricians do not keep up on food guidelines very well. They might just give you a very general idea of what to do.

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If you are worried about it being a potential allergy then wait. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Medic - posted on 02/15/2012

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Sometimes things like allergies to foods just happen, it is not always genetic. Having close family that has them does raise the chances but because you do not have them does not mean your child wont.

Jaime - posted on 02/15/2012

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Thanks Ladies! I'm very nervous because my hubby's nephew has a tree nut allergy and so I don't wanna risk it just yet but my SIL says its not from her side but her hubby's side so I don't know what to think... it is possible that it could be both..

Medic - posted on 02/15/2012

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We did peanut butter at 15 months, about 18 months for anything with tree nuts, her formula was soy because she was lactosintolerant as an infant, fish and shellfish has not happened yet, honey was about 20 months, eggs were 14 months, strawberries and tomatoes were also 18 months. We have no history of food allergies but some things were delayed due to her gerd and lactose issues. Now she is 2 and can drink milk and eat yogurt, but is still on meds for GERD.

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I gave peanut butter at about 10 months, it was just a tiny sample off my finger. We don't have any history of food allergies in our families though. As for the whole peanut, I think she was about 18 months, but that was more because of the choking issue.



My daughter had tofu (which is the only soy product I allow), when she was about 13 months old.



Shellfish was when she was about 8 months old (my daughter had 10 teeth). It was shrimp.



I don't remember when she first had fish. So it was most likely early on.

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