You may have heard that giving peanut butter to a baby is a bad idea. However, the allergy discussion over babies and peanut butter has changed. When can babies have peanut butter? In this episode of Mom Docs, Lila Kertz says introducing peanut butter to babies at an early age actually decreases the likelihood of children developing peanut allergies.
Introducing peanut butter to your baby is safe as long as it doesn’t present a choking hazard. However, in the rare case that signs of peanut allergy occur (hives, rash, throwing up, cough, wheeze) within minutes of introducing peanut butter to your child, you should contact your pediatrician or even call 911.