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Hi. I hope I'm posting all of these food questons in the right place.

I'm introducing my almost 11 mo old PA son to foods. So far I've only tried bananas and carrots but he's gagging on them. I'm not sure why. He was eating fruit puffs just fine. My guess is that he thinks soft foods can just be swallowed, not chewed. Anyways, I thought I should try other junior foods that Gerber makes like Gerber Graduates. There is something I found called Cheesy potatoes and brocolli. The ingredients list unsalted butter. Is this okay? I had heard somewhere that PA people have to be careful with butters. How do I know which kind of butter is safe? Thank you fo your time. I have tons of questions!

Julie Keegan ~ almost 11 months old PA and awaiting results on wheat

On May 14, 2006

Have you introduced dairy yet? If not, you should bear in mind that this [i]does[/i] contain milk protein if there is butter in it.

I've never heard of "butter" being especially hazardous for PA people... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] Maybe whipped butters in restaurants could be? (reaching here)

I'd be much more concerned about egg and milk cross-contamination in the Gerber line. (Ubiquitous.)

If wheat comes back OK, (or even if it doesn't) you could try very soft-cooked pasta that you make at home. Toddlers seem to particularly love rotini. This is certainly better than anything out of a jar. And it is still finger food-- we regard rice pastas (Tinkyada makes good ones, as does Lundberg Farms), quinoa (Ancient Harvest I think is the brand name) and Hodgson's Mill whole wheat as very low-risk for egg cross-contact. (It goes without saying that they need to be TN/PN free.)

I (personally) wouldn't do the "graduates" line at all. Too much cross-contact with more of the big 8, IMO. I realize the convenience is nice, though! I would instead encourage you to take a look at individual serving sizes of unsweetened applesauce (they come in little cups with foil tops), and finger foods like cereal or cooked pasta.

They do have a tendency to gag on new textures a bit as they are learning, though... My impression is that this is just normal.

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On May 14, 2006

Not to say it couldn't be allergies...ds hated anything with peanuts before we learned he was PA...but ds #2 gagged on EVERYTHING due to a high palette and strong gag reflex and tests negative for all food allergies. It was harder introducing food but now that he's 3.5 just gets a piece of sandwich stuck on the roof of his mouth once in awhile and has a tendency to throw up if he cries hard =) He is pickier, whether it's a texture thing, the fact that we couldn't introduce as much variety early on or just his personality, I don't know. TJsmom

On May 14, 2006

Thanks for the input. So as far as pastas go, are they all peanut safe as far as machinery and facilities or should I call? And the same with the applesauce containers?

On May 14, 2006

If you haven't introduced egg, check pasta for egg. The only pasta I've found with nuts in it was ravioli. Just make sure you read the ingredient labels.

I haven't seen any applesauce with nuts in it, but who knows what new flavors they'll come up with!!! Again, just be sure to read the labels, first.

I don't usually call about cross contamination unless the company makes a similar product in a nut flavor. That's just my comfort zone--you are still finding yours. I suggest that if you are worried at all, just call. You will get a feel for what kinds of things you need to watch out for.

Cathy

------------------ Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On May 26, 2006

Butter is a dairy food which could cause a problem. My son would break out in severe itchiness and excema on his hands when he touched margarine. At the time, we did not know he was PA. Margarine is soybean oil, which is in the peanut (legume family). We switched to real butter and that didn't bother him, but he isn't allergic to milk.

On May 26, 2006

Remember to introduce new foods one at a time. For my dd I would add one new food every 3 days. I would write down her response to it and either keep it in her diet or delete it all together. Especially for children with allergies wait to introduce new foods that are a common allergen- like fish, wheat, dairy, egg and soy until after 3 years of age or whatever age your allergist recommends. Better to have a limited diet than to have to deal with allergic reactions.

Safe foods would be rice based Pastas - Tinkayada is a good one to try that is peanut/tree nut and wheat free

Mashed Potatoes(home made)

Applesauce or Fruit Sauce- you can just use whole fruit cut and boil or steam until soft and then mash.

Delmonte makes safe canned fruits with out sugar.

Perky O's cereal wheat and gluten free and peanut and tree nut free

Ground meat

Soft cooked veges mashed

chicken soft cooked small pieces

meatballs

rice

Avocado, cherry tomatoes cut in halves, squash, peeled apple, blueberries, grapes halved, peaches (peeled and cut), pears (peeled and cut) strawberries (halved) watermelon (pitted and cut into bite size pieces)

I found a great online store called Cravings Place they are wheat free dairy free gluten free nut free egg free their pancake mix is great and there muffin mix is great you just add oil and water. For the muffin mix you could add in shredded zucchini or shedded apple and make mini muffins.

Just some ideas hope it helps

On May 26, 2006

My daughter 2 yr PA gets hives if she comes into contact with margarine. We've switched to real butter- yummy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Like the other posters said- the gagging is normal, there are learning and it seems a bit strange. He'll get the hang of it.

On May 26, 2006

My son is now 18mo old but when he was 10-15mo he ate a lot of the gerber graduate jar meals, micro meals and still will eat the gerber gradute micro meals once in awhile and he has never had a problem. He is PA/TNA.

On May 27, 2006

Thank you for the replies!

My son passed the wheat challenge yesterday, so as of now he is just allergic to peanuts and we are of course avoiding all nuts period. I checked with Gerber and they do no use any nut or peanuts in their facility.

Thanks for the idea on real butter instead of margarine.

I will be introducing ds to milk when he turns 1. He is 11 months old now. He handles formula just fine.

On May 27, 2006

Barilla filled pastas have peanut oil I believe and we stay away from Barilla Plus as well because it is made with Legume Flour, and although I haven't called on it...that makes me nervous. These are the only pastas we have considered unsafe so far.

Luvmyboys

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