Our Reader asks:
I am wondering about how to avoid food allergies, particularly peanut allergies. I avoided all the "no no" foods during my sons first year (honey, nuts, chocolate, etc). From what I've read, it sounds like pretty much everything is safe after the first year - just to be cautious of choking hazards like carrots, whole grapes, popcorn...), but I've heard mixed things about nuts. I'm mostly wondering because I want to start using peanut butter. I even asked his pediatrician and he said some people say that the earlier they start nuts, the more likely the allergies; and other are saying the opposite - introducing sooner might actually decrease the risk. What have you heard and learned from your own experience? When did you start giving your child peanut butter?
If you have any advice or thoughts to share with this mom please do!