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When to introduce peanut butter?

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HidingFromTheDM Sun 30-Aug-09 11:40:26

My DD is almost 21 months old and has an intense interest in peanut butter! Everytime DH and I eat it, she begs for a bit. I have an intense fear of nut allergies and am nervous to introduce any nut products. I am allergic to shellfish (anaphylactic) and am worried that she may be sensitive to foods as I am.

When did everyone else start introducing these types of food?

itchyandscratchy Sun 30-Aug-09 12:04:34

Now should be fine. I think I did this at 12 months. If you and your dh eat it it's less likely to cause a reaction. Try with the smallest smidgeon on her tongue, which would be enough to indicate a problem. If so reactions then I'd go for it. The low salt/sugar stuff is an excellent way to add calories and protein.

tatt Sun 30-Aug-09 20:08:20

unfortunately no-one can give you a good answer. However if you are going to try now rub some on her arm first. Then wait to see if there is any reaction. If there isn't put a little on her face, wait, then her lip, wait then let her eat some. Keep liquid piriton handy.

Although nut allergy is increasing the vast majority of children are still fine with it.

WidowWadman Sun 30-Aug-09 20:21:33

With 7 month. My daughter loves it. We don't have allergies to peanuts in the family and the latest research suggests no benefit to delaying introduction to possibly allergenic foods.

HeadFairy Sun 30-Aug-09 20:27:17

I've always wondered this too... is the same true if you have lots of other allergies in the family (hayfever, asthma, eczema etc)? I always thought that if that was the case you had to not give them peanut butter until they're about 5? Ds has never asked for it or shown any interest, but then we never have it in the house (too fattening for me )

HidingFromTheDM Tue 01-Sep-09 15:26:04

Sorry I've not come back before now. I forgot to put this thread in my watched lists and completely forgot about it. I will try your suggestions tatt and see how she goes. I never would have thought to put it on her skin first.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

tatt Wed 02-Sep-09 09:17:02

skin testing is how the NHS allergy clinics start their food challenges. No reason why most parents would know - my gp didn't.

mathanxiety Wed 02-Sep-09 18:52:14

I think one reason to keep away from peanut butter is that it has a sticky texture and some inexperienced eaters find it hard to swallow. Don't slather it on bread too thickly for beginners.

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