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Peanut Butter

Maria - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Has anyone given peanut butter to their 1 year old yet? My pediatrician said it was ok, so I gave my daughter a teeny tiny bit on toast this morning and she had a reaction and I had to take her to the ER. She had very bad hives, so I'm just wondering if I gave it to her to early or if anyone else had an easy or hard time with peanut butter? No one in my family has a history of peanut allergies, and since the pediatrician said it was ok, I thought it would be. I feel so bad for my little girl.

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Tara - posted on 05/07/2010

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my sons favorite food is peanut butter toast, pbandj sandwich nocrust, crab ragoons(chinese food w/crab), shrimp and any fish he has never had any problems but has broken out with hives on the face only with brocolli and bananas lol just goes to show ya. P.S. I waited 30 days and tried both bananas and brocolli again no problems with hives but still does not like bananas lol They say babies will often have issues with something then no problems a month or so later thats why your supposed to introduce new things one at a time then try later if there is a problem. My first son is allergic to everything and I remember our first hives episode i flew to the ER like holy crap what are these huge red blotches all over my baby and wouldnt you know they gave him benedryl i thought damn could of just saved myself a $50 dollar copay and ran to CVS lol

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Hilda - posted on 05/08/2010

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I haven't given it to my son yet, partially because I am in no rush to give it to him, partially because I am not comfortable with the thick sticky consistency it has. I am kind of afraid it would contribute to choking hazards if I served it up with toast or crackers.

Krystal - posted on 05/04/2010

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I have fed my one year old a PB&J sandwich and he loved it! PB&J was everywhere when he got through!

HAYLEY - posted on 05/04/2010

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i didnt give my eldest any till he was three as i was told this by my health visito that they were not alowed it till after 3 and o wouldnt give it to my year old till then put it away and try wen she is older alot of kids have reactions to it

Michelle - posted on 05/02/2010

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if she had a reaction put it away and don't try again until she is about 4, they don't recommend you introduce peanut butter until age 2, my daughter has had a little and hasn't had any reactions but my nephew breaks out into hives and the thing with peanut butter is it can be fatal so not worth the risk just wait

Kristin - posted on 05/02/2010

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We've done pb for awhile now with no problems, thank heavens! However, there is this stuff called Sunbutter, which has the same flavor and consistency of pb, except it is made from sunflower seeds. We have a friend with a nut allergy and this is what he eats. I've tried it, it's really good... maybe you could try that! Good luck!

Francesca - posted on 04/26/2010

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I am worried. I have been so excited to try peanut butter. Its my favourite snack. I still breastfeed and get awefully hungry after our midnight nursing session and she often looks at me eating for it, points and squeals...her way of asking for it too. I haven't tried any yet, because of everything my Dh and I have read. However, she has tried Nutella. Also, I haven't been too conscious to make sure her foods do not contain/or have been in contact with peanut oils...

I have read some controversial views on this. One article on a recent study from the APS said that delaying foods has shown no benefit to avoiding allergies. But then in Today's Parent it says to avoid it until they are two!

I am so sorry to hear your little one had a reaction. Don't feel bad though. Its not your fault.

Dannielle - posted on 04/26/2010

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my daughter loves peanut butter... she's had it for a few months now. the latest research suggests it's better to give it sooner rather than later, but my guess is that if she had such a bad reaction it probably didn't matter when she had it. they are working on curing nut alergies, i hope your daughter can resolve hers someday.

Vanessa - posted on 04/25/2010

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I have read that under 2 yrs they should not have it becasue the peanut protein is difficult for them and eating it can cause them to build up an allergy.

Amber - posted on 04/25/2010

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I find this topic interesting. My son is a chronic asthmatic, and has severe allergies, so I know how scary it can be to have a child break out in hives. I once took my son to the E.R. with his actual eye ball swollen so bad it looked like an egg white dripping out of his eye (yikes!), I have been giving my one year old peanut butter since about nine months, as well a Nutella (yes, yes, I know. Full of sugar, but he likes it and eats it on whole grain toast), I did watch carefully because these allergies can run in the family, and it's not just peanut allergies. Your child can be more succeptible if you have asthma in your family, or eczema. The rule I guess is that if your baby had an allergic reaction, probably it's not good to give it to them again. However, and this is just me, I would try again when she is three. Give her time to develop some immunities. Make sure to ask your doctor first tho. My two year old was allergic to apples when he was tiny. For the next year, if he ate apples, he broke out in hives. Slowly over the last six months I have begun giving him small amounts of apple and he is doing fine now. I sure hope your little one is ok. It's scary when things like that happen. If it makes you feel any better, my son with all the allergies is now a strapping twenty year old who is built like a mac truck! He still has asthma, and still gets hives, but he handles it well, and has learned to regulate his own body. ;) It was difficult when he was small because I felt I had to regulate so many things. But, if you find your daughter has a peanut allergy, you and she will adjust and it will be ok. Good luck to you and yours.

Stina - posted on 04/24/2010

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That's too bad that she had a reaction. I think I waited till my first two were 2 years old before starting with peanuts/nuts even though my family doesn't have a history of allergies. Since your dd did have an reaction- they've probably told you this already- but I wouldn't give her peanutbutter or peanuts again. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of trying again in a year or so.

Connie - posted on 04/24/2010

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I tried giving my one year old PB&J sandwich, but he spit it out. I tried again a couple days later, he just doesn't like the flavor yet. Try giving your daughter peanut butter again in a couple weeks, if she has the same reaction, then she may just be allergic to it.
If your daughter eats table food, then her body should be used to it, no need to feel bad. Trial and error is the only way to find out if our little ones have allergies.

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