peanut butter?????

Stacey - posted on 05/13/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my son is 11 months old.

what is the best age to start giving peanut better

help

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Quoting Katrice:

http://espghan.med.up.pt/joomla/position...

Information in this paper might be of some help. It is a 2008 study, so very recent information.


Thanks for posting that link.  Some very interesting information was provided that now makes me understand some of our differences as moms a little better when it comes to how we feed our children.  It just goes to show how different each country is and how what is "recommended" in one country can be completely different than another.  I think everyone ought to at least take a peak at this article because it explains a lot about why such heated arguments get going on here when it comes to feeding our children...when to start solids, etc. 

Jessica - posted on 05/13/2009

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my son is 20 months old i just just started giving him peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. i just put thin layer of peanut butter on one side and he seems to do just fine with it. i think it also depends on how much adult food he's eating.

Stacey - posted on 05/13/2009

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this has really helped me a lot thanks i gave him well cooked scrambbled egg for lunch today and he hasnt had a reaction, no just to try peanut butter

Morag - posted on 05/13/2009

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Quoting Joy:

Not only are the "rules" changing constantly, they also vary from country to country. I started giving my son peanut butter toast when he was 10 months old. So little peanut butter you could hardly see it and I'd cut it into little squares with a pizza cutter. Eggs? I gave scrambled egg yolks at about 7 months as the recommendation at that time was no egg whites til one year.


 



I totally agree with this! I had my first child in the UK, 10 years ago.. No peanut butter or peanuts while pregnant, nothing for the children with peanuts until 2 years old, no eggs etc.



But in Spain, it was a free for all.. I just had to make sure that the eggs were fully cooked.Here we have lower rates of peanut/egg allergy and peanuts are present in weaning foods for 4 month old. By the old research then, millions of children in Spain should have peanut allergy and they just don't.



I didn't follow the advice with my first child (I know I was naughty) but I just couldn't understand how elimination of an allergen could prevent an allergy? both my kids have had eggs and peanut butter before the age of 2. Asthma and eczma run in our family, both girls are fine and very healthy.



If there is a peanut/egg allergy in your family you might want to avoid it due to possible genetic inheritance but the current reseach suggests you'd be ok otherwise.



The research on Honey however is quite correct. It has the botulism virus in it, so raw honey should never be given to children under 2 because their immune systems can't fight it, but the same as eggs if it is cooked, it kills the bacteria. :) So honey cookies for example are fine the same as well cooked scrambled eggs :)

Kristi - posted on 05/13/2009

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Our doctor said to wait until 2yrs of age. Not only for the allergy possibility, but it is such a thick product choking is a high possibility. Peanut allergies are very seroius, and it may be easier for a two year old to be able to tell you that her throat is itchy, or anything that might feel wierd.

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Not only are the "rules" changing constantly, they also vary from country to country. I started giving my son peanut butter toast when he was 10 months old. So little peanut butter you could hardly see it and I'd cut it into little squares with a pizza cutter. Eggs? I gave scrambled egg yolks at about 7 months as the recommendation at that time was no egg whites til one year.

Mel - posted on 05/13/2009

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i know some people that wait til their kids are 3 as well. i find it surprising. personally i hate peanut butter, i only bought it when i was told to put it on her rusks because its fattening, but it expired before brianna used most of it and havent bought anymore. i dont think she minds peanut butter but not a big fan of it like her mum. her dad and i have no allergies ourselves but i do really hate peanuts and peanut butter. Ill be happy to try all my kids on it and see what they think. that info about eggs helps Thanks Katrice next time ill know i can give it to him/her after 6 months x

Kat - posted on 05/13/2009

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Yeh, as usual the rules change all the time. It's like every other contentious issue. I had always been told to wait till at least 2 also. I was at morning tea with some mothers with older children yesterday & they were telling me to wait till at least 2 for both eggs & peanuts. I've already given my daughter well cooked scrambled eggs as directed by the Pedi Dietician. While she didn't like them, there was certainly no reaction or adverse effects in her nappy. Go with what you feels right. Do it on a day when both of you are home to keep an eye over bub, do it early in the day so your awake & alert. I don't think the reaction would be any different if you did it tomorrow or waited 2 years.

Stacey - posted on 05/13/2009

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i dont think he has an allergy to peanuts i rember when he was little think he was 2 months my partner had eaten them and kissed our son and nothing happend just really wanted to make sure as i have heard loads of people say not to give it to then untill they are 2 years old.

Kat - posted on 05/13/2009

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Hi, I agree with above. I went to a session at my medical centre held by a Pediatric Dietician. She advised to give well cooked scrambled eggs from 6 months & to introduce peanut butter around 9 months. I intend to put a bit on her lips 1st and then wait a day before I give her any to ingest. There are no history of food allergies in our family so why not. I have also heard that most recent research advises giving allergy foods later on does not prevent allergies developing.......
If your concerned have some yourself & give bub a kiss (as some children can get ill just from touching someone who has had it), then try putting some on bubs skin, then give some to eat - one step at a time......
Good luck, don't worry too much what others think.

Stacey - posted on 05/13/2009

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thanks this has really helped i might give him scrambbled egg for lunch i cant wait forever

Mel - posted on 05/13/2009

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i wish more people knew the latest research Hadleigh because ive often been shut down on this site for the advice about peanut butter. Its a shame some people still think you have to wait for things like eggs and peanut butter because the little ones are missing out! they made my little one scrambbled eggs for brekky in hospital when she was 10 months. Hopefully soon they will get all the latest research through to all the mums.

Hadleigh - posted on 05/13/2009

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Hi, I was told today by my plunket nurse that new research has shown waiting to introduce 'allergy' foods doesnt prevent allergies and that you can introduce any food at any time now...so i guess give it to him whenever you feel comfortable

Mel - posted on 05/13/2009

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When you first start giving solids. the latest studies show it helps prevent allergies. Mine had it at 3 months, and of course i never intended to give it to her yet til my daughters dietician, pedi and child health nurse told me! I didnt even know that solids were reccomended early to so im glad i had them around to help me know what was best for my girl. But your the mum so if you feel more comfortable waiting then that is fine too however the longer you wait the more you risk them having an allergic reaction. good luck x

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