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Avoiding peanut allergies. I was advised to wait until my daughter was 3 before giving her peanuts.?

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Dr. Alan Greene
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Not beyond 6 months

We used to think delaying foods decreasesd allergies.
Beyond 6 months old, though, evidence doesn't support this idea. In fact the _opposite_ may be true. Early on the immune system is learning what is normal. Getting peanut before the first birthday may decrease alergies. However, i advise avoiding peanuts when kids have GI illnesses or when on antibiotics. And careful about choking risk!

In brief: Not beyond 6 months

We used to think delaying foods decreasesd allergies.
Beyond 6 months old, though, evidence doesn't support this idea. In fact the _opposite_ may be true. Early on the immune system is learning what is normal. Getting peanut before the first birthday may decrease alergies. However, i advise avoiding peanuts when kids have GI illnesses or when on antibiotics. And careful about choking risk!
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
What's true for peanuts is also true for tree nuts like cashew & hazelnut, seeds, and seafood. But it's not enough to try these foods at an early age. They must become part of the diet to develop and maintain tolerance to them. Also everyone is different. Early introduction of highly allergenic foods like peanut will reduce food allergy in the population but it won't eliminate it.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Earlier is better

Newest recommendation is early introduction of peanuts, tree nuts like cashew & hazelnut, seeds, and seafood.
But it's not enough to try these foods at an early age. They must become part of the diet to develop and maintain tolerance to them. Also everyone is different. Early introduction of highly allergenic foods like peanut will reduce food allergy in the population but it won't eliminate it.

In brief: Earlier is better

Newest recommendation is early introduction of peanuts, tree nuts like cashew & hazelnut, seeds, and seafood.
But it's not enough to try these foods at an early age. They must become part of the diet to develop and maintain tolerance to them. Also everyone is different. Early introduction of highly allergenic foods like peanut will reduce food allergy in the population but it won't eliminate it.
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The longer you wait to introduce a food, the less chance there is to have an allergy to it.
Small children can choke on nuts so they should be avoided till older for that reason too.

In brief: Yes

The longer you wait to introduce a food, the less chance there is to have an allergy to it.
Small children can choke on nuts so they should be avoided till older for that reason too.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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