How long do I hold out on delicious peanut butter?
As a relatively new parent, one of the most frustrating parts is trying to dissect all the information and make an educated decision on just about anything. It seems that, although in life there are many absolutes, when dealing with children there’s no such thing. How do you deal with sleep? Cry-it-out or co-sleep? When do you introduce foods? 4 months? 6 months? Later? What about the allergenic foods…when are those ok?
This post is about the latter of all my gray-area questions. I have been hearing that I should introduce peanuts to Lorenzo because there’s new evidence that by introducing allergenic foods early it may actually help with preventing allergic reactions later in life. But when I go to my pediatrician his perspective is that although there is “talk” about this new method, there isn’t enough empirically based evidence. So I personally err on the side of caution.
I happened to come across this article in the L.A. Times and thought I would share it with you all so that you can read and dissect and maybe even discuss with your own pediatrician to see where they stand. I feel like it’s good to keep my pediatrician on his toes. That way he knows I’m not going to be one of those complaisant parents that just takes his word, but that I’ll challenge him to make sure he’s current and offering the best care possible for Lorenzo. Although on this topic, it’s still gray to me.