In fact, it’s believed that serving peanut butter earlier or later reduces the likelihood of allergy in infants considered at high risk (particularly those with an egg allergy and/or severe eczema). .
Be vigilant. If your child is at low risk or no risk and you are introducing peanut into the home, just be careful. You should supervise the child for two hours after eating to look for signs of allergy. Symptoms include a runny nose; redness or swelling in your eyes, mouth, or face; and irritation in the neck area.
We recommend mixing 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter with 2-3 teaspoons of water to thin it. Offer your child a small portion (e.g. the tip of a teaspoon) of mashed peanut butter and observe for 15-20 minutes.
Tips while your child eats
Offer the first taste on a small spoon. For babies and children under 4 years old, mix peanut butter with 1 safe food each. Do not give plain peanut butter to babies or children under the age of 4.
Start offering eggs at about the same time your baby starts eating solid food, after 6 months. Your child’s meal plan may start with purees and very soft foods (e.g. infant cereal) and then expand to more structured foods such as eggs, fruit, vegetables and meat.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends giving your baby peanut butter only after they have been fed other solid foods safely and without allergy symptoms. This can happen between the ages of 6 and 8 months.
Symptoms often begin very quickly, within an hour of exposure to a nut, and sometimes within minutes. Reactions occurring more than four hours after contact with nuts are unlikely to be allergies.
Signs and symptoms of a peanut allergy may include: skin reactions such as hives, redness, or swelling. Itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat. Digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting.
For about 6 months, puree or mash a hard-boiled or scrambled egg and serve to your baby. For a more liquid consistency, add breast milk or water. Around 8 months, scrambled eggs make a fantastic finger food.