Introducing peanut butter as an early first food dramatically reduces risk of developing an allergy to peanuts.
Here are some tips to follow:
1. Begin solid foods when your infant is developmentally ready. For full term babies this is usually at 4-6 months old.
2. Choose a non-allergenic food first: sweet potato, avocado, bananas are good examples. Once your baby has shown their readiness to eat solids, then consider peanut butter.
3. If your child has eczema which has required a prescription medicine, talk with your pediatric provider first, before beginning peanut butter. Your baby may need a blood test to check for high risk of allergy.
Once your baby has enjoyed a few solid foods try these strategies:
1. Prepare a peanut-containing meal by thinning peanut butter with water, formula or breast milk; or mix peanut butter with a fruit or vegetable puree.
2. Offer your infant a small part of the peanut serving on the tip of a spoon.
3. Wait 10 minutes.
4. If there is no allergic reaction after this small taste, then slowly give the remainder.
5. Continue to offer peanut and other nut butters frequently.