i thought everyone knew not to give peanuts to a one year old


I was at the library today and the woman next to me pulled out peanut butter crackers to give to her 18 month old twins... Of course my son was immediately attracted to them(the kids not so much the crackers) and kept trying to play with them. I guess I thought people knew not to give kids that young peanut butter. Oh well, we escaped without incicdent.. I didnt say anything.. just distracted my son to another area of the library.. they were getting the crackers everywhere. I have not yet learned to say anything.. I need to get over worrying about what other people think.

------------------ Lalow James 3yrs NKA Ben 21 months PA,MA,SA

On Nov 4, 2004

Hi Lalow,

I don't know if this would be helpful, but our criteria for saying something is this: If it is a place where food should be eaten ie restaurant, picnic area, sporting or stadium event (in the audience), etc then we just take it upon ourselves to assess the risk and either just recognize that the food is there and avoid or move. If it is a place where people should not be eating ie library, place of business, doctors office, elevator, sport (that he is playing), etc, this is when we speak up to either the people eating kindly reminding them or talk to someone in charge to make them aware that food is being eaten.

In the library, I would speak with the librarians. They are usually very happy to eliminate the food (it ruins the books, attracts bugs, and makes the library look messy with crumbs and spills). Children do not need to eat every minute. If they are hungry, they should go home for lunch. If this is the library that you visit often, maybe suggest some attractive signs be made saying "No food or drink".

Take care, Naturemom

On Nov 4, 2004

I didn't know not to give peanut butter to young children (under the age of 3) and that is how my son had his first reaction at 12 months, after I had given him a Ritz Bits with PB and then the next day he tried his dad's bagle with PB&J and had a reaction.

I thought that the age for PB was 1. Only after I talked to an allergist did I find out it was 3yrs old. And I was never told during pregnancy to stay away from allergen foods at this time or breast feeding.

On Nov 4, 2004

Most books on the subject when my DD (now almost 6) was a baby said to hold off on highly allergenic foods like nuts, peanuts, shellfish, and dairy until a child is one year old. So I thought that by waiting that long, I was being responsible. It wasn't until after my DD was diagnosed with a peanut allergy that I found out that that advice only holds if there is no known history of allergies of any sort on both sides of the family.

Now peanuts themselves, along with nuts, raisins, popcorn, raw carrot sticks, etc. are not advised until a child is three, but the reason is because they are choking hazards, not allergy hazards.


On Nov 4, 2004

I never thought of not giving peanuts b/c of the allergy risk, I always thought of it as a choking hazard. I have many times asked the pediatrician if there was anything I shouldnt give to any of my kids b/c of the "food content" and the only real answer I got was "no eggs until he's about 10 months and no citrus until about 1 yr" ... and the citrus was only mentioned w/the last baby (2 yr old PA DS). Looking back, I now realize that by my saying I knew not to give peanuts, I probably averted a discussion about food allergies. I wasnt giving peanuts b/c peanuts are a choking hazard and I think PB would b hard to swallow, and therefore also a choking hazard...not b/c of the allergy issue.

On Nov 4, 2004


[This message has been edited by deegann (edited February 09, 2005).]

On Nov 4, 2004

I had been under the impression that this rule was for children with a family history of allergies. My family doctor set me straight (no peanuts until three), but unfortunately not before my son (now PA) had had his first taste of peanuts.

All the information I had (including information about feeding babies handed out by Alberta Health - I'm in Canada) indicated that peanut butter was a good source of protein for toddlers.

Of course my second son is waiting until three (or much later) until we would even consider letting him taste PB, but I have to say, almost everone I meet lets their kids eat PB shortly after one year of age.

On Nov 4, 2004

lalow, sorry, I'm another Mom that didn't know either. My son had his first reaction at 18 months of age.

I wasn't told by any doctors he saw that he couldn't have any foods. I basically followed the Gerber rules of feeding my baby, which cereals to introduce first, which jarred fruits and veggies and in what order and he ate baby food (not exclusively certainly) until he was 18 months old.

I also followed what was written in the book What To Expect The First Year and there was nothing in there that I can remember about not feeding your child certain foods.

I even recently (this past summer I believe) posted about I think it is Nestle Good Start now rather than Carnation, a booklet I received from them (not for myself obviously) and how they don't really stress it enough either. And that's for Moms of to-day, not when my son was a baby. He will be 9 in December month.

So no, I certainly didn't know that "back then" and I don't think people are really being told all that much differently now, so I certainly wouldn't blame the Mom that her 18 month olds were eating pb on crackers.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Nov 4, 2004


Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Nov 4, 2004


Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Nov 4, 2004

Count me in as being one who didn't know. I even looked it up in my pediatrician's handbook -- the one that is printed by her office and handed out to each new Mom or patient. (Y'all forgive me -- I know I've told this story before! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img])It said peanut butter should be given after --get this, 10 MONTHS! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] So, my son being almost 11 months, I gave him 3 or 4 mini ritz bits pb sandwiches. He blew up with red hives, etc. Turns out it was a misprint and the nurse at the ped. office about had a heart attack when she found out!

I also never got the word to avoid peanuts/pb when pregnant and nursing, so. . .

On Nov 4, 2004

I had always heard two years but my son was 14 months when he had his first reaction so I obviously didnt know that I should take it seriously. I believe my son's dr told me that but it might have just been because we already knew he had a milk allergy. After reading all your posts though I realized that most people I know give their kids PB around 1 too. I just dont notice it cause they dont do it around us. I was really just annoyed because they were getting the stuff everywhere and I dont have the guts to say anything.

------------------ Lalow James 3yrs NKA Ben 21 months PA,MA,SA

On Nov 4, 2004

lalow, my son's first reaction was to a bite of a chocolate bar with peanuts in it. I would never thought to have given him pb because I've hated pb since I was 4 years old and it was just something that I had never bought.

If I think back, I can remember my MIL asking me if he had tried pb, and I said no.

I remember the day I ate the chocolate bar with the peanuts in it. I was pregnant with my daughter and hadn't eaten all day and was stranded with my FIL (his car had broken down) far away from home and I went into the gas station and bought a chocolate bar and I thought okay, I'll buy something with protein in it. Peanuts for protein.

And the rest is, shall we say, history.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Nov 4, 2004

I knew not to feed my son peanuts or peanut butter until he was three. I read it all over the place. When he was 15 months old, we told his Dr. that we were worried because he wouldn't eat any meat. She told us to feed him peanut butter. I mentioned that I had read that he shouldn't have it until he was 3. She told us that we shouldn't worry since we have no family history of PA. Well, he started reacting to PB at 18 months and is now PA. Needless to say, we have changed Dr.s! It still makes me angry. But who knows, he could've turned out to be PA in any case.

I'm getting my 1 year old tested soon just to know, ya know?

Everytime I see parents calmly feeding their little ones peanuts or peanut butter I want to scream at them: "Do you know how dangerous that is?" But I'm sure they would look at me like I was some wild woman!

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On Nov 5, 2004

Darkmage, I'm not sure (well, actually, in my heart of hearts I think I am), but I think our children are born PA.

I would be angry as he** with a doctor who told me to feed my child pb when I had explained that I wasn't feeding my child pb until a certain age for certain reasons.

However, she also gave you a reason to feed your child the pb - protein because your child wasn't eating meat.

It does seem sometimes like a Catch 22 situation, but I honestly believe that our children were born PA. Not completely sure why (that's why I've explored so many different things here, mostly under Living with PA), but I don't think it would have made a difference to your son, if that's any consolation.

Also certainly not saying for anyone NOT to avoid avoid avoid the bloody things until children are older (I've read even the age of 5 now, many years later), but I truly believe our PA children would have been PA regardless.

And I've had another lightbulb moment [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Nov 5, 2004

Darkmage, I also sort of knew to not give peanuts, and many other allergens. I did not know it was so deadly(at times) or that it would rarely be outgrown. I carefully tried tiny tastes with dd and she was fine. We gradually moved up to a tiny taste on a cracker, then eventually sandwiches and it was a couple of months before she reacted, around 18 months. She was a picky eater and we also were looking for a healthful protein. We had thought we did it right, and she was fine, then we found out otherwise.

Not sure if I would have done differently had I truly understood the dangers and pervasiveness of the allergen. It is just hard to grasp until you live with it. I was increduloous, myself, for some time, while I educaded myself! becca

On Nov 5, 2004


Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream: but I truly believe our PA children would have been PA regardless.

Hurm... Whaddya think... Should we try PB on Caitlin? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

No... just kidding folks...

But shes never had peanuts... ever. period. EVER. (DW is anaph, for those that dont know). So is Caitlin allergic? Darned if I know... RAST says yes. Not off the charts, like milk, egg, et al... But allergic (in the middle.. 50 something...) High enough. What type of reaction would she have? Who the hell knows. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Why? Easy... See: Mom. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

As for the other 2 girls... Who knows about them too... For Meghan, RAST says no. Sara hasnt been tested... Why bother... Avoid.

Jason Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts Sara 2-13-98 NKA (Avoiding Nuts) Meghan 2-28-03 NKA (Avoiding Nuts) [url="http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin"]http://community.webshots.com/user/jtolpin[/url]

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On Nov 5, 2004

Lalow, Does your library allow food to be eaten in the building?

Our library doesn't (at least not in the rooms with stacks -- the meeting rooms allow food), and when I saw a mom drinking coffee and her kid eating a donut, I asked the librarian about the food policy, and the librarian was shocked that it would even occur to someone that it was okay to eat in the library. She blamed it on Barnes&Noble and places like that that have cafes and allow you to buy a snack and then hang out and read books that don't belong to you while you eat. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] When the librarian asked the woman to put the food away, she said she thought it would be okay, since there were no signs explicitly forbidding it. Sheesh. There aren't any signs saying not to spit on the floor, either, but I assume people would know better! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

At any rate, when I asked the librarian about the policy and explained that I was wondering about it because I saw a mom and kid snacking in the children's section, she went over to speak to them, and I didn't have to get directly involved. I felt much better, because even though the food involved was nothing my kid was allergic to, I was happy to know that no one was going to be allowed to eat a PB&J in the library, either.


On Nov 5, 2004

My pediatrician told me to wait until Matthew was 3 but I am pretty sure she suspected pa because we were having a hard time getting rid of his facial eczema, it was around his mouth and up towards his cheeks.

My sil gave my nephew peanuts at an early age 18months but he had constipation problems so pb and peanuts were one of the foods that helped.

On Nov 5, 2004

Yeah, I kinda believe that my son was PA right from the get-go. During my pregnancy with him I ate a lot of peanuts and peanut butter.

In fact, I never heard to avoid them during pregnancy until after the birth of my second child. I only had a few PB&J sandwiches when I was pregnant with her, thinking it was okay. I went today to get her blood drawn for testing. I think she has a dairy allergy and a carrot allergy. I told them to test for peanuts too just so we know how careful we have to be.

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On Nov 5, 2004

You all should have been around 18 years ago when I had Chris. Who knew there was such a thing as peanut allergies. I gave it to Chris when he was only a little over 9 months old. I had no clue nor did most people then. Now it is getting so common. I see people give it to little ones and i Crindge. I learned about this allergy the hardest way any mother could. I only ate PB when I was pregnant for him. that was the only food I could keep down so of course i ate it all the time. As for the library incident I must say I would have just explained to the lady about the allergy and that is was dangerous for my child to even be in a room with pb. She may have needed to be educated. She very well may not no anyone with an allergy and would learn and be happy to listen. I never judge anyone until we have had a conversation over it because alot of people are clueless to the pb allergy. Best of luck with you claire

On Nov 15, 2004

My son actually had his first reaction immediately after his one-year check up, at which the pediatrician told us it was ok to give him peanut butter. We have eczema, asthma and allergies in our family, yet that was the advice we received. So unfortunately, not everyone, even doctors, knows not to give nuts to such young children!

On Nov 17, 2004

I gave my son some at nine months at the direction of his pediatrician! I think most people DON'T know.


On Nov 24, 2004

No, most people don't know this, it seems. Also our library passes out pb crackers during story hour. Needless to say we never go there at all so we just have to buy all of our books.

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