I want to give my 1 year old PEANUT BUTTER

Katarina - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I want to try giving peanut butter to my son as a form of protein but I'm terrified of a reaction. He reacted a few months ago to someone touching him after eating a chestnut. I know Peanuts are legumes not a nut but I'm still worried. Should I hold off a little longer?

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Alison - posted on 04/15/2010

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If you suspect he is allergic you should hold off. I heard that there is rarely a reaction on the first exposure. It is the subsequent exposures that you need to watch out for (dunno if that's true though).

On another topic, keep a taxi number and a $20 bill stashed away in case you need to dash to the hospital for any reason.

Fiona - posted on 04/17/2010

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Gave it to the first at about 12-18 months and the second stole a peanut butter sambo from another child at about 6-8 months and munched away happily, no reactions. We have no allergies in the family though.

I am not sure how true, but I recently read that a huge % of people who think they have peanut allergies actually don't have the allergy at all, they had an early sensitivity when a child which passes as you grow up. Not wanting to be controversial, I know lots of people genuinely do have this allergy and I truly have not researched this. But I did think it was interesting and maybe you could look into that to see if it helps you in your decision

Lindsay - posted on 04/16/2010

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I was told children at no risk for an allergic reaction should not have peanut butter before they turn 2. If they are at risk you have to wait til they are 5.

Have you tried soy butter? Some brands are very good taste exactly like pb, some not so much. If you have a trader joes near you they have the best soy butter!

Tiffany - posted on 04/15/2010

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Try giving him peices of a resee cup. That what i did with my son cause i was worried about the allergies along with chokeing. With the resee cup its not pure peanut butter so its not as sticky, reducing the risk of choking, also by giving him that u can see if he has a reaction to something with peanut butter in it. Then if he does u will know not to give him pure peanut butter. Hope this helps

Jamie - posted on 04/15/2010

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it is reccomended not to give babies peanut butter until the age of 2, I would ask your doctor before giving it to him. Not only because of the allergy but because small children have been known to choke on it because it is so thick. Please be really careful if you do give it to him.

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If he reacted to any food in the past, then hold off until he has an allergy test. Peanut allergies are the most common, and they are usually severe. Sometimes they don't have a physical reaction the first or even second time, but usually after that, it's usually severe enough to be fatal. Usually if your son has a contact reaction, he probably has some true allergies and you want to get him tested by an allergist (not a pediatrician or dermatologist) right away.

Teresa - posted on 04/18/2010

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I gave both of my children peanut butter before they were one and had no problems just watch them when you do give it to them. But that is up to you when you should give it to them, everyone told me to wait but I figure how am I going to know if they are allergic or not.

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In the dietary guide written by my home province and given out at our local health clinic it states that peanut butter should not be given to children under three years of age. It also gives specific guidelines for introducing fish, eggs and other highly allergenic foods. It is ultimately your decision when you choose to introduce any food to your child.

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i would hold off a bit.. you can always go to allergist to test for it.. the test is not pleasant but worth it.. they usually test for common allergies at once so i would do that

Denise - posted on 04/17/2010

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My son is extremely allergic to peanut butter but has different reactions every time! His first reaction wasn't until he was about 3 years of age while eating Reese's Pieces. 911 had to be called because he immediately started coughing and his face started swelling. I "thought" it was his first time eating peanut butter, but apparently my mother had been giving him peanut butter by the spoonfuls for quite some time before that! YIKES! Just be careful. Also no one else on either side of the family has an allergy. You can definately find protein in other foods rather than peanut butter that are not so skeptical for younger children.

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010

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American Academy of Pediatrics says peanut butter is a healthy snack for a child ONE yr of age. If either parent has a peanut allergy then they suggest waiting to three yrs of age.

LaCi - posted on 04/17/2010

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I gave my son peanut butter at a year old. But he had never had any allergic reactions before.

Christina - posted on 04/16/2010

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Hold off.Ask your GP about it.A simple test when he gets a bit older.Give him a slightly spread of vegemite...They love it.

Jenn - posted on 04/16/2010

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I'm not one to worry about much, but I was really hesitant to give my son peanut butter. Then my Mum was watching him one night and told me he had a peanut butter sandwich. He was just fine, so I guess it was OK LOL! Now with my daughters, I gave them a tiny, tiny bit first to see and they were OK with it. They are now 16 months old and enjoy pb&j sandwiches with their big bro. As far as choking goes, I could see it being a problem if you were doling out gobs of the stuff, but a thin spread on toast or bread or crackers shouldn't be an issue.

Nina - posted on 04/16/2010

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Peanut allergies are quite common. If you want to give it too her, I would ask the pediatrician to do an allergy test first. Peanut allergies can range from very mild to quite severe.

Krystal - posted on 04/16/2010

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well i am not just reffuring to the annabel karmel books, my doctor did mention trying my son with some peanut butter at his 8 month check up but i wasnt sure of my family history of nut allergies. but now i know i am goin to ask my doctor in 2 weeks time about it because we do have allergies(my grandfather and my partners grandfather have nut allergies, but im not sure if that counts as immediate family, if not then my son should be fine, because me and my partner have no nut allergies, my parents and his parent have none and neither do my brother or sisters and neither does my partners brother) and my son will be 1 on the 2nd may. it is only a choking hazard if you give too much, a thin spread of peanut butter in a sandwich is not goin to choke them. yes you can have your opinion and i didnt say you couldnt and i did state that i didnt want to start an arguement. and i did say that if they have allergeis then they should wait till they are 1 or over and ask their doctors before trying some. but if there are no allergies then they can be givin the peanut butter at a young age. in the birth to five book i have, which is given to every mother by the nhs, it says, peanuts and foods containing peanuts, such as peanut butter or unrefined or cold-pressed groundnut oil, should not be given to babies from 'atopic' or 'allergic' families until they are at least three years old. but it also states that if there is no allergy or atopy in the immediate family, there is no reason for children to avoid peanuts after weaning, as long as they are ground as nut butter or crushed. the OP said in one of her posts that there are no alergies in their babys immediate family, so there are no reasons for her to avoid giving her child the peanut butter. :)

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All of my children had peanut butter by or shortly before a year. We have no history of food allergies and I never stayed away from peanut products while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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My pediatrician said peanut butter was okay and encouraged it to help her gain a little weight. BUT my daughter was breastfed. The doc told me that according to the latest research, if my daughter didn't react to what I ate while breastfeeding, she won't have those food allergies. I was excited to give it to her, but she didn't like it.

Jamie - posted on 04/15/2010

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I agree with Sarah. And yes adults can have a reaction too to any type of allergy, but with peanut butter pediatricians reccomend waiting until they are older so the young toddler dosnt choke on it, it is thick and sticky and that is there concern at that age.

Joanna - posted on 04/15/2010

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My daughter ate a macadamia nut off the floor (I'm a messy baker and didn't realize she was right under me, and she's fast with food, haha), when she was about 8 months old, and she had a little reaction to it. But she had peanut butter when she was just barely over 1 at her grandma's and she was perfectly fine. Just go with your gut I'd guess, if you think your son is ready and the pediatrician has given the go ahead, then.... go ahead!

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2010

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It is okay to state your opinion just as I will state mine. I am more comfortable taking advice from my daughter's Pediatrician than a cookbook writer though, no offense intended. I hope all goes well with your son.

To answer your question, babies/toddlers under 2-3 are the most likely to have food sensitivities, because their immune systems cannot yet tolerate a wide range of new substances, a lot of these reactions to peanuts can be among the most serious and a highly allergic person can suffer serious or fatal consequences. I am not taking any chances with my daughter. Others can do as they feel best.

A couple quickly googled resources:

http://babyparenting.about.com/od/nutrit...

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Excerpt from Dr. Sears:
Peanut Allergy on the Rise
It seems ironic that one of the most popular, most readily available proteins causes one of the most pervasive and severe allergies among Americans.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that up to 2 million, or 8%, of children in the United States are affected by food allergies, and that six foods account for 90% of those food allergy reactions in kids: milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, and tree nuts.

The first signs of an allergic reaction can be a runny nose, a skin rash all over the body, or a tingly tongue. The symptoms can quickly become more serious - such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat or other parts of the body, a rapid drop in blood pressure, and dizziness or unconsciousness. Other possible symptoms include hives, tightness of the throat, a hoarse voice, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and lightheadedness.

Children should avoid peanut butter or other peanut or nut products until after they're 2-years-old. If there's a family history of food allergies, parents should wait until the child is 3. And many doctors recommend that their pregnant patients - especially those with food allergies - keep the lid on the peanut butter jar until after the baby's born and they're done nursing.

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http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/...

Krystal - posted on 04/15/2010

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im sorry im not trying to start an arguement or anything but if a child can not have peanut butter under the age of 2 then why are professionals giving the advice to give it at as young as 10 months old. (as long as there is no allergies in the family) but even if there is any allergies it only says to wait till they are over one years old. annabell karmel has alot of baby and toddler meal planning books and she gives really good advice on what to give them and what not to, also she says at 10 months old they are also alowed marmite, egg mayonaise (pasturised), eggs, and alot more. if she was wrong about this infomation she wouldnt be allowed to write loads of meal planners/books concerning what to feed our children and her books wouldnt have been published and she wouldnt of been allowed to sell them. she is also a mother herself and i love her books, its our baby guide on food (my doctor even mentioned to me when i first started my son on solids to get a few of her books to help give me some meal ideas). my son has never had an allergic reaction, but we are just waiting till we see our sons doctor when he turns one (he has a 1yr old check up and goes for injections) because we have family members on both sides that have nut allergies. but if there is no nut allergies then it shouldnt be a problem, you cant wrap them up in cotton wool all their lives, and i would rather know what gives my child a allergic reaction so i can avoid them in the future. but i dont see why at 2 or even 3 is any different than 1 because at 2 or 3 they can still have an allergic reaction. even a full grown adult can have an allergic reaction to something they havent eaten before say for instance sea food, did they think of that before they ate it, obviously not because if they didnt eat it they wouldnt of found out they were allergic to it. if my doctor says to go ahead then i will give my son peanut butter, the only thing im going to wait longer with is honey. katrina- your best bet would be to go see your doctor, even if there are no nut allergies in the family, your doctor can advice you on the amounts to give them and what signs to look for incase of a reactions, it will help put your mind at ease. best wishes. :) x

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2010

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Peanut butter should not be fed to toddlers under 2 years of age because of risk of a reaction so I would say NO!

Krystal - posted on 04/15/2010

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hi if there is no allergies in both familys then i dont see the harm, babys can have peanut butter at 10 months old (what it says in the annabel karmel food planner book that i have) but if they have allergies in family to wait till a year or past a year, there are a few allergies in both sides of our family so im going to see my sons doctor first to see what she says (my son will be 1 on 2nd may anyway) but if there are no allergies then go for it, let him have a little taste, like someone mentioned if your worried make sure your close to a hospital before trying so if he does have a reaction you can get there pretty quick. but seeing as there are no nut allergies i wouldnt think he would have one but dont hold me up on that one, because they can still have a reaction even if there is no family record of nut allergies. also talk to your childs doctor and see what they recommened. hope this helps. good luck and best wishes :)

Morgan - posted on 04/15/2010

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I do not want to start a fight lol but its in no way true that a child should not have peanut butter until the age of 2, if theres no history of allergies in your family its safe to introduce nut butters at 6 months :)
here is some more Info I got last week from baby centre
Hope this helps :)
http://www.babycenter.ca/baby/startingso...

Alannah - posted on 04/15/2010

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I would definitely suggest speaking to your doctor about this. There are many, many factors involved with allergies, including: family history, breastfeeding, previous exposure, etc. Because peanut allergies can be so severe, I'd say talk to a professional!

Meghan - posted on 04/15/2010

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I would talk to a doc.If there are no allergies on your side I would think it would have to be a trial and error thing. We found out at 10 months old my son wasn't allergic when his babysitter's daughter rubbed it all over his face...lol.

Firebird - posted on 04/15/2010

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There is a history of peanut allergies in my family and I introduced my daughter to peanut butter at the age of 1 year. We lived one minute away from the hospital so i felt safe doing it. She had no reaction of any kind. If you're worried about a reaction you could try rubbing a little bit of peanut butter on his lower leg and leaving it there for a few minutes before wiping it off. If he has a bad reaction, at least it wouldn't be near his face or throat.

Katarina - posted on 04/15/2010

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Thanks Kristina. I don't drive either and the closest hospital is 10 blocks away. I will wait until my husband comes home or as you mentioned somewhere closer to a medical center.

Kristina - posted on 04/15/2010

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We don't have any penut allergies in my family, so I gave my daughter some at 1. She did find. I gave her a VERY small amount. If he is allergic, the reaction is usually horrible the first time, but if you are nervous, try it out at a park near a hopital or doctors office. PB is full of potein, and you can get ones with low sugar so it is a healthy option for them! good luck!

Katarina - posted on 04/15/2010

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No allergies to anything on either side of our family. Vixi, I've thought about choking to, but an allergy is scarier to me.

Sara - posted on 04/15/2010

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Do you have a family history of a peanut allergy? I did give my daughter PB when she was one, but no one in my husband's or my family has a peanut allergy.

Vixi - posted on 04/15/2010

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its not just a reaction u have 2 be careful of, it is a chance he could choke :/ xx

Katarina - posted on 04/15/2010

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my dr. said all babies get mild excema at random times and it should be a problem ,

Sara - posted on 04/15/2010

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Ask your pediatrician, but I would say if he has had a reaction that yes, you should hold off.

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