Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Peanut Butter Jelly time!

The MonkeyBear had his two-year checkup last week. He's doing all right in the normal places. He still has a big head. . . he gets that form his mother.

But more importantly we got the go ahead to try peanut butter. So over the weekend we gave him some peanut butter with his normal pancakes—makes my mouth feel dry just thinking about that. We watched and nothing happened for 10 minutes or so. We felt good.

I decided that since we were having peanut putter I'd go ahead and make myself peanut butter and jelly for breakfast. And after the little man had finished the pancake he looked at my peanut butter and jelly with wide eyes. . . so I gave him a bite. A few minutes later his cheeks starts to get a light redish rash. For a few moments we thought we were in trouble, then it hit me. . .

I gave him strawberry preserves.

In the past, he's had a mild reaction to strawberries, but nothing bad enough to be concerned about (strawberry allergies are typically mild). So I don't normally think about it. We gave him peanut butter again the next day with no reaction at all, so we're cleared for PB&J. . . just not if the "J" has strawberries.


Amy said...

Do you have a family history of peanut allergies? Just wondering if that's why you waited until he's two to try it.

I'm Not Skippy said...

No, we waited because just about every pediatric medical source we read, as well as our own pediatrician, said to wait until age two to introduce it.

Or I should say that's why my wife waited. I waited because she told me to.

Studies have shown a link between the introduction of peanut products between the ages of 6 months and 2 years increases the chances of peanut allergies. Peanut allergies are much more common now than they used to be, even without a family history of it.