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have you/when did you try peanut butter?

At my son's one-year appointment our pedi advised to wait until age two to try peanut butter/nuts.  I've followed that so far, but I am also not too strict on this kind of stuff.  I haven't really been worried either way because we have no history of food allergies on either side of our fam, I breastfed for a year and ate nuts throughout, etc.

This morning my hubby gave my son a bite of his PB&jelly toast because I forgot to mention I hadn't told him about the "pb until two" suggestion. 

It got me thinking and curious when you tried PB or when you'll wait till..and if you're waiting is it because of pedi recommendation?

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  • Honestly, I had DS tested first, lol. He has a very severe strawberry allergy so he was going in for his 6 month recheck at 15 months and I had them test for nuts and shell fish. Allergies do not run in our family. He tested negative and had a peanut butter banana sandwich the same day. His allergy doctor recommended we start giving DD everything but honey now because recent studies show the earlier they get it the less likely they will develop an allergy. After seeing DS's reaction to strawberry I doubt I give those to her until she's 1 and gets tested ... Makes me nervous.

    id say if your son had a bite with no reaction you're probably fine. You could even rub a little on his arm to see if h reacts. 

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  • I think we started PB around a year

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  • There are a lot of doctors and researchers now who actually think that waiting is more likely to cause allergies because their immune systems are stronger and more likely to create an immune reaction.

    We gave it to DD just before she turned one. FYI, it's actually the second exposure where you'll see a reaction, if there is an allergy, because the immune system doesn't start creating the immune response until after the first exposure.

    Wait a week and give it to your lo again and watch for a reaction. If she doesn't show any signs of a problem, you're probably fine to give it to her whenever you want.


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    There are a lot of doctors and researchers now who actually think that waiting is more likely to cause allergies because their immune systems are stronger and more likely to create an immune reaction. We gave it to DD just before she turned one. FYI, it's actually the second exposure where you'll see a reaction, if there is an allergy, because the immune system doesn't start creating the immune response until after the first exposure. Wait a week and give it to your lo again and watch for a reaction. If she doesn't show any signs of a problem, you're probably fine to give it to her whenever you want.

    This. None of the pedis we've seen over the last 5 years have recommended waiting past a year. We did it around 10 months, I think.

     


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  • image ELF4321:
    There are a lot of doctors and researchers now who actually think that waiting is more likely to cause allergies because their immune systems are stronger and more likely to create an immune reaction.

    This is the current research. I've never heard anyone say they were told to wait past a year (given that your child has no other allergies). We started right around a year, maybe a little before. 

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  • My doctor wants us to wait until 3 even though we gave no history of allergies! I'll prob wait until 2 though.

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    There are a lot of doctors and researchers now who actually think that waiting is more likely to cause allergies because their immune systems are stronger and more likely to create an immune reaction. We gave it to DD just before she turned one. FYI, it's actually the second exposure where you'll see a reaction, if there is an allergy, because the immune system doesn't start creating the immune response until after the first exposure. Wait a week and give it to your lo again and watch for a reaction. If she doesn't show any signs of a problem, you're probably fine to give it to her whenever you want.

    This. None of the pedis we've seen over the last 5 years have recommended waiting past a year. We did it around 10 months, I think.

    Same here.  

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  • We tried a little over a year and he's done great! Just try giving it to him for lunch as opposed to dinner so you have more time to watch for a reaction
  • we gave almond butter from 8mo-ish. very thinly spread on toast or bread.

    i gave pb around 12 mo, maybe slightly before, can't really remember.

    he loves pb. he has it a couple of times per week with fruit puree, banana or honey in a sandwich. 

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  • The old medical advice was to wait until 2, because the thought was that it decreased chances of an allergic reaction. However, the new school of thought is that it may actually do the opposite for some things. Our pedi told us after our 9 month appt that DS could literally eat anything we wanted to give him, with the exception of honey. (Allergic reactions aren't actually the reason for waiting with honey; it's the risk of botulism. Babies under 1 do not have the fully developed stomach lining for protection.)

    That said...I take the pedi's advice and my own feelings with a grain of salt and try to do what I feel comfortable with. I wound up waiting until just 2 weeks ago, actually, so DS was 14 1/2 months before he had peanut butter. He seems fine with it (there was a coinciding diaper rash one time, but I'm pretty sure it was due to teething, since we've tested peanut butter several times since then, and no rash). He's also had a few bites of honey-flavored things (honey graham cracker and honey nut cheerios). I'm actually holding off on shrimp with him though, because there is a strong incidence of iodine/shellfish allergies in both DH and my families, and that is something that is not helped by early or later exposure; it just occurs or doesn't. So I'd rather wait until he's old enough to talk and tell me that his tongue feels funny, or I can notice that his speech is slurring because his airway is swelling, etc.

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  • My girls are 14 months and I too am waiting to give them PB.  I thought the recommendation was 1 year but my pediatrician told us the same 2 year guideline at our 12 month appointment.  I have been struggling with whether or not to actually follow this one.  Neither of our families have any allergies and it would really help with meal options!  I am having a hell of a time these days as my girls have turned into such picky eaters.  It would help to be able to give them OB on things for snacks. 

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  • We don't have any nut allergiesin our families and tried at 1 year.  DS fell in love and has been eating PB sandwiches ever since.  We only give him natural PB and don't give him jelly either and he still loves PB sandwiches.  We tried to put bananas on it once as he loves bananas and he looked at us like we had ruined his food, cried,  and picked off all of the bananas.
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  • We did peanuts around a year. She's had honey too. Pretty much everything except shellfish since my mom and grandpa are allergic...

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  • We had DS tested for allergies at 6 months because he had a severe reaction to a certain food. They happened to also test for a peanut allergy and he was negative. So we started giving him peanut products whenever he began eating table food and have never had a problem.

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  • One year! But he had no previous reaction to anything else....and nobody on either sides of our family was allergic..so we did it at 1.
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    We had no indication that DS would be allergic to peanut butter.  I gave him some pita and peanut butter when he was about 1.5 years.  He immediately broke out into hives.  We have avoided since but he accidentally ingested peanut butter last spring.  He was already dosed with zyrtec and was immediately given benadryl but still puked all night.

    Because our house is peanut free, DD will not be exposed any time soon (intentionally).  

    But with that experience, I think listening to your pedi is a good idea.  But if you feel comfortable a bit earlier, and you have no risk factors, I don't think it is an awful idea, just watch for a reaction.  

    I wouldn't do it younger than a year only because god forbid there is an anaphylactic reaction, I've heard treating and intubating a baby is much more difficult. 


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    My girls are 14 months and I too am waiting to give them PB.  I thought the recommendation was 1 year but my pediatrician told us the same 2 year guideline at our 12 month appointment.  I have been struggling with whether or not to actually follow this one.  Neither of our families have any allergies and it would really help with meal options!  I am having a hell of a time these days as my girls have turned into such picky eaters.  It would help to be able to give them OB on things for snacks. 

    Sunbutter is an awesome alternative.  Really. 


  • I gave her a little taste around 11 months. The doc recommended a year, but I figured that she was close enough.  I returned to work around her first birthday so I wanted her to try any potential allergy foods before I did.  Our family has no history of allergies either.

     DD loves have crackers or toast with a little peanut butter.

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  • I don't think I asked about peanut butter. I did my own research and gave it to him early. Probably around 10 months. 

    I did hold off on seafood until I could talk to his doctor at his one year, because DH has a family history of seafood allergies. The doctor said that early exposure could be better, and to just give him some and watch him closely for a reaction. He's had fish off of our plates a few times now without a problem.  

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  • My pedi cleared us for everything but honey at DD's six month appointment. She did note, however, that peanut butter can be a choking hazard for children so it should only be applied it a very thin layer and never given by itself (ie a spoonful of pb). DD had nut products for the first time around 7 months. She has only recently started eating PB on sandwiches and crackers, but that's more because she wasn't interested in them prior to this.

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  • We have no history of food allergies on either side of the family so he's had all the common allergens.  He eats PB almost every day with breakfast.
  • we did BLW so he had EVERYTHING right off the back, except for honey
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  • Around 10m. With DD we waited until 2, because that was the recommendation "back then".
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  • We started PB at 9 months, after a well-meaning family member gave DS a Nutter Butter cookie. Hmm I wasn't thrilled, but at that point I figured it was better just to keep exposing him to it.

    In fact, I think DS had been exposed to pretty much all the allergenic foods by around 12 months, mostly by relatives. We have mostly older people in our family, and they don't pay much attention to baby "rules." Our pedi is old-fashioned and has never been overly picky about food guidelines either, since there's no history of food allergies or sensitivity in my family or DH's.


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    I am allergic to all nuts except peanuts but my dad was severely allergic to peanuts so I was terrified to give it to DS. Well, he accidentally ate some of a PB sandwich at the sitters house and was just fine!

    I've given him a tiny bit of PB 2 times since then because I'm still afraid but apparently he's not allergic. Food allergies suck, especially the ones that can make your throat close so no matter what anyone told me, I would have waited a lot longer to introduce it.

     

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  • We were told at 9month appointment we could do it at any time.
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  • My daughter was exposed by accident a few times before she was even one. My dr. wasn't too worried about it as an allergen as much as she was about choking hazzards such as cheerios, grapes, raisins or hot dogs.  We haven't had any restrictions on what she's eaten other than the 4 above since she was 1.  I do now give cut up grapes, cheerios with milk and "snake" hot dogs but still no raisins (but I'm not personally a fan of them so they are never in my house.  
  • Gabe had PB at around one year.  We don't have any peanut allergy on either side, so our pediatrician said it was cool to start with a thin layer of creamy PB on a cracker or something.  He loves it!
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