U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 39-year-old female asked:

What are the chances of my 22 month old son getting a food allergy to peanut butter? is it safe to give him peanut butter?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Peanut butter.: In the us 0.6% of adults & 1.4% of children have peanut allergies. I can't tell you if your child will have a peanut allergy. Peanut butter can be introduced when the child eats solid foods. Start with small spoonful. Don't give whole peanuts to children who are younger than 3 years old because it is a choking hazard. Take care.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Peanut allergy: The prevalence of peanut allergy varies worldwide, but it's more common in the us, canada, uk, & australia: 1-2%. Risk factors include family history of atopic skin diseases (like eczema) and peanut allergy. Without these factors, risk remains low. Peanut butter can be nutritious if you avoid types that contain more sugar & additives. Some other considerations: http://tinyurl.Com/kz7q6k7.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Dec 26, 2019


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.