Introducing peanut butter to baby…

Background:

Traditionally allergenic foods (peanuts, treenut, eggs, fish, shellfish, tahini etc) were not encouraged in young children until after the age of 2 years. The theory was that avoiding allergenic foods would reduce the risk of food allergies in children.

This theory was strongly disproven in 2016 based on the findings of a study called the LEAP ( Learning Early About Peanuts) study. The study looked at 600 babies between the UK and the middle east.

In babies from the UK were the introduction of peanut butter was delayed – peanut allergy was as high as 17%. In the middle east babies first food is often a peanut paste, these babies had a peanut allergy incidence of less than 1%.

Based on this we now know that the early introduction of all allergen’s in a safe texture for your baby has been shown to help prevent allergy.

WHAT BRAND DO I USE?

The brand is up to you. If using peanut butter ensure whatever brand you use is smooth, 100% Peanut butter as whole nuts are considered a choking hazard. Children under 5 should only have smooth peanut butter/ peanut paste /peanut powder.

WHEN DO I INTRODUCE?

Early in weaning at around 6 months of age.

HOW DO I INTRODUCE?

You can introduce peanut butter as thinned peanut butter by diluting a little in hot water, leave to cool & give off a spoon or mix with a previously tolerated baby food or you could make a peanut butter puree.

Introduce when your baby is well, not off sorts so that you will be sure of any change.

Leave an hour or two free after offering to keep an eye out for any reaction.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS ECZEMA?

The research says that the best way of preventing food allergy in children with severe eczema is to invest in making the skin as healthy as possible. Use creams as prescribed by your doctor. If no improvement you may need to try a different cream. Please discuss with your doctor.

If your child as Eczema is is recommended that you should not put anything on your child’s skin that they are not ingesting first. Oat creams, coconut creams, almond oil etc should not be used on baby skin until after baby is eating them first. I cover this in more detail in The Weaning Masterclass.

WHAT DO I NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR?

Watch out for a rash, lip swelling, changes in breathing, watery eyes, general stress or discomfort.

Your gut feeling will tell you if there is anything wrong. About 1 in 100 babies may react. In the case of a severe reaction you may need to call an ambulance.

If there was no reaction, offer peanut butter again in a few days and then move on to the another potential allergen.

HOW LONG TO YOU WAIT BEFORE INTRODUCING ANOTHER ALLERGEN?

Ideally you should leave 72 hours between offering allergens for the first time. As there can be a delayed allergic reaction. If you do notice any reaction, take photos and contact your GP to discuss further.

Introducing allergens and the order of introduction is something I cover in my Weaning Masterclass.

This is not intended to replace any advice from your GP or local health care provider. Please discuss your concerns in person with a health care professional or consider a 1:1 consultation.

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