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Introducing peanut butter to your baby is safe as long as it doesn’t present a choking hazard. However, in the rare case that signs of peanut allergy occur (hives, rash, throwing up, cough, wheeze) within minutes of introducing peanut butter to your child, you should contact your pediatrician or even call 911.
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The rate of peanut allergy has over doubled in the last decade and the question’s always often asked, “Why has this occurred?” Peanut was not supposed to be fed to young children until the age of three. This recommendation was actually made in an attempt to decrease the rate of peanut allergy. But over time, it seemed that this was a really bad way to introduce peanut because the rate of peanut allergy seemed to increase shortly after. In the year 2008, this recommendation was taken away and instead it was advised for all parents to feed their young infants any food that was considered safe to eat – meaning something that wasn’t a choking hazard. This was then studied by a group in the United Kingdom trying to figure
out what made sense. Should we have early introduction or delayed introduction to foods? And what was determined was that if infants were fed peanut at a young age, meaning six months or so, there was a decreased rate of peanut allergy by around eighty percent – a huge amount. So now we make the recommendation that as long as the food is safe for that infant to consume, again, not a choking hazard, to introduce food such as peanut at an early age. We do this through food called bomba. Bomba is a peanut puff, which is similar to a cheese puff that you that most of us are familiar with, but instead is peanut. However, if you feed your infant bomba
or any food and see hives, or rash, or throwing up, or cough, or wheeze, within minutes of doing so, this could be an allergic reaction. While this is very rare, it could be a serious side effect and you should notify your pediatrician or even call 911 if the situation is serious enough. There is one exception with early introduction of food such as bomba – if your infant has severe eczema or history of other food allergy, or if you have other children that have food allergy, please contact your pediatrician or an allergist to determine whether or not testing should be done before introduction of certain foods such as peanut.