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They were giving snacks away at TJ's and I grabbed one for DS. Later I saw it had peanut chunks. Damn! He's 12 months. What else should I look out for besides a rash? The whole allergy/allergens thing confuses me anyway--I mean about incidence of exposure. Grrrr I'm not very pleased with myself right now.
 

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12 months i wouldn't worry unless you have allegries in your family. If he hasn't show signs of serious allergies he's probably fine. (throat closing, trouble breathing, wheezing).
 

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Yep, my ped even said my first son could have peanut butter at 1 year, since we don't have a family history of allergies. It's kids with family history of allergies that are supposed to wait until 3 years. For everyone else, it's 1 year. Also, I think it usually requires more than one exposure to cause an allergic reaction?
 

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I think the 3 years recommendation is for everyone, not just those with a family history. Most symptoms would have shown up immediately. Still watch for any digestive issues or the red ring around the bum. And try not to beat yourself up too much, mistakes happen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think the 3 years recommendation is for everyone, not just those with a family history. Most symptoms would have shown up immediately. Still watch for any digestive issues or the red ring around the bum. And try not to beat yourself up too much, mistakes happen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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There are no nut allergies in my family but, POW! my dd1 is highly peanut allergic. Totally took us by surprise. Anyway, I have been told to wait until 3 w. dd2 since there is a history now, and that you should wait until 2 if there is no history. We waited until almost 2 (23 mos) and there was no doubt that something was wrong -- within a matter of 2 or 3 minutes. Very scary stuff.
 

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I know children *can* get peanut allergy even without a family history, but the general recommendation does seem to be 1 year for most folks and 3 years if there is any family history of allergies or personal allergies to other foods. Peanut allergies aren't as common as they appear to be. Allergies to other foods are much more common. It's just that peanut allergies are much more deadly.<br><br>
Of course, there's nothing wrong with holding off until 3 years even if you have no food allergies in your family. My own ped, and several medical recommendations I've read online, say that 1 year is fine for kids that aren't high risk for food allergies.<br><br>
Unfortunately, not enough is really known about how to prevent a peanut allergy. There are some that say don't expose them at all, and then some that say a little bit of exposure could have a protective effect.
 
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