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When can I feed my baby shellfish?

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In brief: 6-9 months

Eventhough shellfish is in the "top 10" most allergenic foods, the american academy of pediatrics reversed the recommendation on waiting off until the first yeat of life stating there is no evidence that delaying certain foods prevents a reaction to them. However, be sure you introduce something that you can purree and never give uncooked seafood.
As with any foods, watch for allergic reactions!

In brief: 6-9 months

Eventhough shellfish is in the "top 10" most allergenic foods, the american academy of pediatrics reversed the recommendation on waiting off until the first yeat of life stating there is no evidence that delaying certain foods prevents a reaction to them. However, be sure you introduce something that you can purree and never give uncooked seafood.
As with any foods, watch for allergic reactions!
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 6 months

There is no good evidence that delaying shellfish beyond 6 months prevents allergic reactions.
If there is a close family history of shellfish allergy, you may wish to delay to 2 to 3 years, but that advice too is not evidence based but rather a simple precaution. Start with small amounts of "soft" shellfish easy to puree like crab or lobster. Never feed your baby undercooked/raw shellfish.

In brief: 6 months

There is no good evidence that delaying shellfish beyond 6 months prevents allergic reactions.
If there is a close family history of shellfish allergy, you may wish to delay to 2 to 3 years, but that advice too is not evidence based but rather a simple precaution. Start with small amounts of "soft" shellfish easy to puree like crab or lobster. Never feed your baby undercooked/raw shellfish.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: 12 months

After the first birthday, a baby can try shellfish.
The adult feeding the baby should be sure that the shellfish is chopped or mashed up so not to be chokable to the baby.

In brief: 12 months

After the first birthday, a baby can try shellfish.
The adult feeding the baby should be sure that the shellfish is chopped or mashed up so not to be chokable to the baby.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: 24 months

Allergists disagree about this, but if there is a family history of shellfish allergy, all would probably delay introducing it until 2 years old.
If there is no family history, it can be tried at 1 year old, when the gut is fully mature.

In brief: 24 months

Allergists disagree about this, but if there is a family history of shellfish allergy, all would probably delay introducing it until 2 years old.
If there is no family history, it can be tried at 1 year old, when the gut is fully mature.
Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics

In brief: Six months

Unless there is a strong family history of immediate hypersensitivity reaction (anaphylaxis) to shellfish, you can give it to your baby when you start solid foods.
Very recent expert opinion suggests that even with a family history of food allergy, early avoidance is probably unnecessary.

In brief: Six months

Unless there is a strong family history of immediate hypersensitivity reaction (anaphylaxis) to shellfish, you can give it to your baby when you start solid foods.
Very recent expert opinion suggests that even with a family history of food allergy, early avoidance is probably unnecessary.
Dr. Michael Coogan
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Should read: Six months
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