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#1 of 14 Old 09-07-2009, 10:10 PM - Thread Starter
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How long am I supposed to wait to give nuts, or food with nuts, to my daughter? Is it an allergy issue? Are some nuts safer than others?

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The last I had read from the AAP, they didn't recommend nuts to children under 3 out of concern for allergies.

I believe I have also read about a later British study that suggested that the longer nuts were DELAYED, the more likely allergies were.

There is no history of nut allergies in my family. I think we tried hazelnuts close to 1 year, and most other tree nuts not long after. We held off on peanuts until more like 15 months or so, when he finally *insisted* he had to have a bite of my PB toast breakfast, and NO, the jelly toast would not do. He's 2 now, and no problems with any kinds of nuts.

If there'd been a history, I would surely have held off longer.

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I think it's also a choking issue for kids under 3.

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I think AAP has changed their tune and now don't recommend waiting on nut-foods, just the choking concerns.

Ds has had nut butters since around maybe 8 months or so? He can now eat some softer nuts- pecans, walnuts, cashews.

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We waited until our children were 4. My DH and some of his siblings have numerous allergies and some have asthma, so we felt it was best to wait. My nephew was given a peanut butter sandwich at 7 months and he went into anaphylactic shock (and was then diagnosed with a bunch of other allergies). All of the allergies went away after a few years, though.

Personally, I would wait until after 3, mostly for choking issues (even peanut butter and other nut butters can be so sticky in the mouth that they can be hard to swallow for little ones) and partially "just in case" of undiagnosed allergies.

We waited on strawberries until after 2 and shellfish until after 5, too.

So far, one child is allergic to amoxicillin and the other, nothing. <knock on wood>
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With no history of nut allergies on either side of the family, DD has been offered nut butters since about 11 mo. Since nuts are still a choking hazard for LOs, I also offer her tiny pieces of nuts.

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Micah hasn't had any nut or nut foods yet, but mostly under the guise of the recommendation of holding off until 3, not necessarily because I think it is necessary to hold off. I hate all nuts and nut butters, and the smell of them make me nauseous. Plus, Micah eats pretty much what I eat, so since I don't eat them, neither does he. He is 28.5 months.

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With no food allergies on both our sides we weren't worried, and DD has has had a variety of "butters" since she was around a year old.

Now she's just a bit over two, and we do a lot of nuts. Almond slivers are one of her favorites, peanuts, and we sometimes crumble cashews. She eats them around us only, and they are healthy and yummy!

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The new Allergy guidelines (according to the allergist at the Montreal Children's hospital) says that anytime after 6 months is no problem and the only reason to wait is that if there is a reaction the child can tell you better...

She gave her kids nuts for the first time at around 9 months with her own kids... My 3 have all had nuts before a year (depending on when they started solids)...

I use nut products in a lot of my cooking (peanut oil, West African peanut soup, curries, hunan dumplings etc) so I am not worried about the choking factor...

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Because I have a severe tree-nut allergy (and DH also has food allergies), I'll probably wait until DD can communicate with me a little better. So it will mostly depend on how her communication skills develop. She's 1 and so far she's never had any peanuts or tree nuts at all.

I actually have a memory of being about 2 years old and trying to explain to my mother that my tongue was "itchy" after eating nuts, but she didn't understand me. Luckily by the time the reactions became life-threatening, I knew enough to avoid eating nuts on my own.

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We were holding off with DS until he turned two, but he found some nuts on the floor and ate them well before that (sometime after he turned one). He didn't have any reactions and we don't have any allergies so after that, we started to slowly introduce them. We didn't have any problems. He loves nuts and PB now.

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I've got a 16 month old and what we were advised with her is that nut products like nut butters were fine once she'd developed good eating skills-in other words...not so much a good first food, but later is fine-whole nuts or nut pieces and seeds should wait until the child has molars because even though gums are great for crushing foods (and we've got a pro BLW pediatrician) they're often not strong enough to crush nuts. Naomi got into a dish of peanut butter at 12 or 13 months (I'd been eating pretzels dipped into peanut butter and left the dish of peanut butter a little too close to the edge of the table.) We haven't introduced nuts or seeds yet-no molars to crush with.
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DS1 had nuts way before a year - I couldn't find any studies proving that allergies were less if you waited and some actyally that showed te opposite!!
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I know this thread is old bit I found a study linking momther's pregnant with low vitamin D during pregnancy, may have higher instance of children with nut allergy. I did not know I was low in D when I was pregnant with my son. He has a nut allergy and no one else in the family does. I looked back on my blood work and sure enough I was low. This pregnancy I am taking vitamin D for other reasons but it is a very interesting study. If anyone is interested I can try to find it again.
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