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Is it safe to give my baby peanut butter?

  • Recent research shows that giving small amounts of more commonly allergic foods, like peanut butter, around 6 months of age or earlier may help prevent allergies.
  • Since every baby is different, you should always check with your healthcare provider before giving anything other than breastmilk or formula.

Follow these guidelines when giving your baby peanut butter or peanut products:

  • NEVER give your baby peanut butter straight from the jar because it is too sticky for your baby to safely eat.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of peanut butter with 2-3 teaspoons water, breastmilk, or formula.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons peanut butter or powdered peanut butter with 2-3 tablespoons of a pureed food they have already eaten safely.
  • Offer meltable peanut containing snacks like a peanut puff.

When introducing any new food, you should monitor your child closely for possible signs of allergic reactions and seek immediate medical attention if they develop signs or symptoms associated with allergic reactions.

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