Experts agree: it is important for most babies to be exposed to peanuts at an early age.
Guidelines suggest that parents should introduce most babies to safe, peanut-containing foods around the time they start eating solid foods, typically 4-6 months of age. Talk with your child’s doctor at the 4 or 6-month well-child visit to see which of the following 4 groups your child falls into:
Once peanut-containing foods have been consumed safely, regular consumption is important.
These guidelines do not apply to anyone with known or existing peanut allergy. You should not confuse these guidelines with treatment recommendations.
1. Prepare a full portion of a baby-safe, peanut-containing food.
2. Offer your infant a small taste of the peanut-containing food on the tip of a spoon. Wait 10 minutes.
3. If there is no allergic reaction after this small taste, then slowly give the remainder of the peanut-containing food at the infant’s usual eating speed.
A food allergy is when your body mistakes a certain food for something dangerous or unknown.
When your baby is trying a peanut-containing food for the first time, it is important to watch him or her for signs of a food allergy. An allergic reaction can happen up to two hours after trying a new food.
If you have any concerns about your infant’s response to peanuts, seek immediate medical attention and call 911.