Babies: 9 - 12 Months

Peanut butter???

Have you introduced this yet? DD hasn't had any allergic reactions to anything so far and I was thinking of introducing pb. Is this ok?
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Re: Peanut butter???

  • Depends on who you ask. My pedi is in the not until after a year camp. We have not introduced nuts yet.
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    My LO is 7 months and had a bite of my pb sandwich over the weekend. I watched her carefully and no adverse reaction. The most recent research shows that delaying introduction of peanuts does not correlate to a decrease in allergies.
  • We have no history of allergies on either side of our family.  We introduced peanut butter at 7ish months. Keep in mind that slight peanut allergies may not show up the first time someone ingests pb.  It may be the second or third time that a reaction presents itself.  If you're concerned, maybe try a little on LO's skin to see if any reaction happens. 
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    We have no history of allergies on either side of our family.nbsp; We introduced peanut butter at 7ish months. Keep in mind that slight peanut allergies may not show up the first time someone ingests pb.nbsp; It may be the second or third time that a reaction presents itself.nbsp; If you're concerned, maybe try a little on LO's skin to see if any reaction happens.nbsp;


    Good idea. Thanks!
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  • My doc said it was fine at 8 months. When DS was a baby, they said not before a year, and the pedi at the time said closer to 18 months was better bc it could be a choking hazard bc of the texture. I haven't introduced it with DD yet. I'm waiting until after a year.
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  • yes-- DD had peanut butter at 11 months (she's almost a year now) no adverse side effects
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    If you're concerned, maybe try a little on LO's skin to see if any reaction happens. 

    You can try this, and it might cause a reaction, but I wouldn't trust that not having a reaction to PB on the skin means it's safe.  

    I'm allergic to several foods, and I can handle them with no problem but eating them causes a reaction almost immediately.  

    And as PP's have said, allergies crop up after multiple exposures, and sometimes are triggered by other sources. I used to eat PB as a kid regularly (daily?), then an allergic reaction to another type of nut triggered a PB allergy. 

    FWIW, I haven't given DD PB yet (mostly because we don't buy it), but I have no concern with introducing it - if we're out and PB is available, I'd give it. I trust the research that says introducing early doesn't hurt, and may actually be better than holding off. 


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  • I have heard you can introduce it earlier to prevent an allergic reaction later on to peanut butter. I would introduce it like on a cracker of some sort. therefore you are controlling the amount of peanut butter as it is easy to choke on.
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  • At our 9 month check we were told LO could eat anything we eat except honey.  Haven't done PB yet simply because we don't keep it in the house regularly.
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  • LO had pb on toast at 6 months.   He was fine. 

    He has pb several times a week now at almost 8 months.

    There are no allergies on either side of the family.  

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  • I honestly think you will never know until you try.  My pedi said the only thing he could not have was honey.  Tried peanut butter, he had a reaction.  She's gonna have him tested at a year to see what is going on, and obviously he won't have it again in the meantime.

    my advice to you is to try it, just make sure you have benedryl on and just in case 

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