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Old 07-21-2009, 08:50 AM   #1
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Peanut Butter Question

My son is 15 months old and I have been giving him peanut butter in a sandwhich for a little over a month now with no signs of allergy. (My previous dr. gave me a sheet saying to stay away from high allergy foods like peanuts until 12 months) We recently switched doctors and she told me he shouldn't have peanuts/peanut butter until he is 3 years old today. So I asked her should I stop giving it to him since I already introduced it to him and she said yes and repeated that he shouldn't have it until he is three. My question is does a peanut allergy develop over time, or is it something that would effect him now if he had one? Im just confused as to why he can't have it now, if he has already had it with no adverse reaction? What have your doctors told you about peanut butter? He is going through a picky eater phase and he likes the peanut butter on toast and I thought this would have been healthy... Thank you for your opinions!

 
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With my first daughter, who is 3 now, we were told by the pediatrician she had to wait until 12 months to have peanut butter and she said after that it was fine. She has had it since with no problems. My 2nd daughter who just turned one had food allergies during her first year and just recently we found she had outgrown them thank goodness. However, she is not allowed to have peanut butter until age 3 per the GI specialist. Because of her allergies we will have to wait until then. I had a friend who's daughter had no allergies but her pediatrician said she had to wait until 3 to have peanut butter so I think it's just depending who the doctor is. If your son has had no problems thus far I don't see a problem with continuing but whatever you are comfortable with. Is there any history of peanut allergies in your family? that would increase the liklihood of allergies too. Good luck with whatever you decide. I understand when you find something they like though you want to stick with it because babies/toddlers can be so picky!

 
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Old 07-26-2009, 01:21 PM   #3
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I agree that it depends on the doctor you talk to. Some will tell you 12 months, some say 3. Any allergy can develop over time (even as an adult), and the general thinking is that the longer you wait to introduce a food (particularily a highly allergenic one, like peanuts), the less likely the child is to become allergic to that particular food. Does he have any other allergies at all? Do you or your husband have any history of allergies (not just specifically food allergies)? I would err on the side of caution and not go overboard with the peanut butter if there's any family history of allergies (they can be hereditary), just because peanut allergies in particular are only likely to be outgrown in 20% of cases.
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My pediatrician told us our DD can't have peanut butter until she is 2. Every doctor is different, apparently. If it were me, and he had been doing okay with the PB I would continue. No one has the "right" answer.

 
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Re: Peanut Butter Question

I think your son is fine. I don't believe a peanut allergy is one that comes up later in life. Is there such thing as an adult that suddenly gets a food allergy? I am asking, not being argumentative.

Seasonal allergies, yes, but not peanuts that I know of? I could be wrong, but I gave my son peanut butter around the same age and he is now over 2 and still eats it.

This is a very good question and thread though.

 
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I think your son is fine. I don't believe a peanut allergy is one that comes up later in life. Is there such thing as an adult that suddenly gets a food allergy? I am asking, not being argumentative.

Seasonal allergies, yes, but not peanuts that I know of? I could be wrong, but I gave my son peanut butter around the same age and he is now over 2 and still eats it.

This is a very good question and thread though.
Yes--unfortunately a person can develop allergies at any age, and it's actually most common for a person in their late teens to develop allergies, than any other age (no one knows why, but the immune system of a 19 year old is most able to produce IgE antibody responses). And an allergy is an allergy, so food can also be developed at any time, although environmental are more common. Whether you get them or not is pre determined by your genetic make up.
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Re: Peanut Butter Question

whiskers - i have never heard of people getting a peanut allergy late in life though. Yes, seasonal, cats, dogs, etc. But a peanut allergy? Wouldn't there be more adults with a peanut allergy then and not just kids? I have never met an adult who suddenly got a peanut allergy. If I meet someone with a food allergy, it was something they had since a kid.

 
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Yeah, it's not a common occurance. I've actually known one person to develop a tree nut allergy (I can't remember the exact nut) when he was 32. It's really scary too because nuts are high on the list of allergens to cause anaphalaxis. Fortunately, that didn't happen to this guy, but he did develop body wide hives and vomiting....
Anyway, to the original poster--I'm not saying that it will happen with your ds (developing a peanut allergy, from eating peanut butter), but unfortunately it can happen. For what it's worth, I give my 2 year old ds peanut butter from time to time as well. I wouldn't recommend depriving your ds of things that he likes to eat out of fear that he'll become allergic, but everything in moderation is usually best (for lots of reasons!).
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Hmmm....very interesting. My girlfriend did develop a citrus fruit allergy when she got older, but she was able to eat citrus fruit when she was pregnant! Soooooo weird....! In any case, her lips swell when she eat certain fruits.

 
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