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

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 3:14am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

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.

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

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 4:09am
Naturemom's picture
Joined: 09/30/2004 - 09:00

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,

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 4:33am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 4:44am
Sarahfran's picture
Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 5:13am
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Joined: 10/18/2003 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 6:05am
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Joined: 07/27/2003 - 09:00

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Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 6:25am
happycat's picture
Joined: 08/31/2004 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 7:10am
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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]

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 7:16am
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Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 7:21am
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Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2004 - 7:55am
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Joined: 10/07/2004 - 09:00

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. . .


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