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Is it ok to give salmon to a 9 month old

post #1 of 20
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I was giving my dd cod liver oil, but then decided to give her salmon and she loved it (I just flaked it and she shoveled it down). It is wild salmon that is independently tested for mercury, so I know mercury is not an issue. But I finally did a search to see if it is ok, and it says not to introduce until 1 year! Urgh, it is her favorite food, and I havent seen a reaction, but should I stop giving it to her? WWYD?
post #2 of 20
I have heard differing opinions (but I think I remember Dr. Sears saying that yes, it was great to give a child fish because of the great fats and omega-3's in them), but it was shellfish that was the big allergy-inducer. Maybe I am wrong, but I was planning to start giving my 9 mo DS some fish soon, too.
post #3 of 20
nak

i would stop giving it because reactions can happen over time. my dd is 2 and loves tuna and fish sticks (the only real fish we eat because of our location.) however, last time she ate it (she's been eating it since probably 17 months) she developed hives. she's going in on may2 to get a diagnosis (hopefully.)

eta: fish and shellfish are high allergens. shellfish is higher up on the list than fish though.
post #4 of 20
I don't know, I started giving ds little bits of fish that I have been eating over the past couple of weeks... my mom says she gave me fish FIRST & that at 4 months I loved it... that was back in the day before they worried about anything though

As far as allergies, I know a child who is deathly allergic to avocado, so you just never know. Fish is one of the best things we can eat, so IMO it is ok to give to baby.
post #5 of 20
If your baby is enjoying it and not having any reactions, I say don't worry about it. Just keep using wild Pacific salmon.
post #6 of 20
If you gave it and it was fine, continue! Most sites say it is fine to introduce fish at this age. Shellfish is the only thing I am waiting on.
post #7 of 20
mmmmm.... my three loved any kind of seafood/shellfish from 6 months on, when we started solids. Yummy! Easy for them to eat and loaded with good stuff!
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by ecoteat View Post
If your baby is enjoying it and not having any reactions, I say don't worry about it. Just keep using wild Pacific salmon.
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I would NOT give farmed salmon
post #9 of 20
I think that wild salmon is absolutely fine and very healthy. You can also try sardines, they are low mercury and full of good minerals because of the soft cooked bones.
post #10 of 20
We waited until 2 for fish, and will likely wait until 3 or later for shellfish. I was concerned about the fact that fish allergies tend to be fast and furious. I wanted her to have the communication ability to be able to tell me if her throat felt funny.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Maybe Ill wait until her first appt with her new pediatrician to ask if we should give the salmon. I have a nice piece in the fridge for her, but will eat it myself just to be on the safe side. I know that shellfish is highly allergenic, but wasnt sure about fish as well. Wheat/gluten and dairy allergies and sensitivities run in my family, but I wasnt sure if this was related b/c it is a meat. Hum...this food stuff is confusing, it is just so much easier to just give mamma's milk! LOL
post #12 of 20
Here's a great article on the debunking of the allergy myths - there's actually no scientific basis behind holding off foods, according to Harvard research. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449

Everyone must do what's best for their family and make their own choices, of course - but we're big seafood/shellfish eaters (and nuts too!) with no history of allergies.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks sandra
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Selesai View Post
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I would NOT give farmed salmon
I can only get farmed salmon where i live - does that mean i shouldn't give it to my dd?
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by ecoteat View Post
If your baby is enjoying it and not having any reactions, I say don't worry about it. Just keep using wild Pacific salmon.
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I started my dd with salmon shortly before her first bday (she was 9mos adjusted age at the time). She loves it and we have no food allergies in the family. One thing I noticed is that she would cram alot into her mouth and push it to the roof of her mouth. I think she did this because it was so flaky. Just wanted to mention the roof of the mouth thing just in case .

I give her lots of fish now but only wild fish and only fish that is typically very low in mercury. She loves it all!

Oh, and I stay away from the "dark" flesh, too. Althouh the dark meat is higher in fat and cals, it is also more likely to have a higher mercury level than the white meats. We only do fish about once a week and I never give dd a bigger portion than the palm of her hand.

This is the site I use to help decide if the fish of the week is known to have mercury or not. Note that it cautions you from feeding your children fish that is caught in local waterways... It really is a judgement call.
post #16 of 20
Wow. In all my life I've never heard of anyone being allergic to salmon. Not that it couldn't happen, but I've never heard of it. I gave my kids salmom around that age, and I plan to give it to Karina around that age too. I just try to get my kids used to my diet, so I'd rather introduce salmon (which we eat at least once a week) than something like pork or beef (that we amost never eat).
post #17 of 20
If she likes it and hasn't had any allergic reactions, why not?
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
You never want to give farmed salmon (or any fish, for that matter) to anyone, especially babies. I actually ordered the fish from www.vitalchoice.com. They have an independent lab test for heavy metals, so I know it is safe. They ship it in dry ice.
post #19 of 20
I think by 9 months DD had tried wild salmon and she liked it. We don't give her the farmed stuff. Farmed fish don't have the same nutritional benefits as their wild relatives and fish farms pollute the environment. As long as there's no allergic reaction, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal discomfort I would give salmon occasionally.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by pishajane View Post
I can only get farmed salmon where i live - does that mean i shouldn't give it to my dd?
I probably wouldn't, for several reasons. They add color to the salmon to make it redder. Farmed salmon is not as nutritious as wild salmon because of the conditions of the farm and type of food available to them. Also, I know that there has been an effort to bioengineer salmon and other fishes to consume corn instead of their typical diet. I don't know if this has hit the food source, but it worries me.
That being said, I don't think you're seriously damaging your child or anything.
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