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The Truth Of Peanut Butter And Babies

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The Truth Of Peanut Butter And Babies

One of the most confusing issues when raising a baby is introducing them to solids that are considered allergens. There seems to be a little confusion as to what age an infant should be before they’re given peanuts and the safety of giving peanuts. Obviously, a whole peanut should never be given to an infant, better yet, peanut protein that can be swallowed. New findings have shown that babies who are given a small amount of peanut butter have a decreased chance of developing an allergy towards nuts.

What Age Should I First Introduce Peanut Butter?

In the past, pediatricians have advised only to give tree nuts to babies between the ages of 12 months and 36 months. The age gap being vast due to the recommendations which vary from pediatrician to pediatrician. And to make this all more confusing for parents, studies have concluded that giving nuts to infants can greatly reduce the chances they’ll contract an allergy towards tree nuts and other common allergens. This year, The New England Journal of Medicine, reported and found when infants (4 months and older) were given a small amount of foods containing peanuts, especially those who were a higher risk to developing an allergy towards peanuts, found that they were less likely to develop a peanut allergy in the future.

So what’s a parent to do now that a medical breakthrough happens and you’re reading this information? Make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician, and discuss all reasons why you’re worried or not regarding your child ingesting peanut butter.

In The Past, Not Allergic To Nuts:

Pediatricians have recommended that no child should be given peanut butter before the age of one. This could be the reason why so many children have peanut allergies. “Keeping babies away from peanuts could have been in part responsible for the rise in peanut allergies we’ve seen.”-Dr. Gideon Lack

In The Past, Allergic To Nuts:

Pediatricians recommended introducing nuts at a later age in life, if there’s a family history of allergies. Two pediatricians not involved in a 2015, recent study said the research “clearly indicates that early introduction of peanut dramatically decreases the risk of development of peanut allergy,” and that the results “makes it clear that we can do something now to reverse the increasing prevalence of peanut allergy”-New England Journal of Medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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