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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
To peanut butter...Or not to peanut butter!
I have a confession to make! I have become mildly obsessed with whether or not to feed Aiden (13 months) peanut butter! I juggle between being an easy going momma to a crazy lunatic worry wart of a mother who does only what the doctor says and nothing else! Can someone please help me find a happy medium? Our pediatrician insists that no child under the age of 2 should ingest peanut butter due to the increased risk of either developing an allergy or having an allergic reaction. So when I see my friends feeding their young children (under 2 years of age) peanut butter with no warning from their pediatrician it makes me wonder, should I just go for it? Then the fear sets in and here is why... After being rushed via ambulance from a local hospital to MUSC Children's Hospital, a 3 day stay in the pediatric unit, 3 visits to the ER, a terrifying visit to the oncologist, and tons of vomit we finally learned that Aiden was severely allergic to milk and eggs. Since allergies are her specialty, I decided to ask our allergist her expert opinion. She strongly encouraged us to slowly introduce peanut butter into his diet because according to her, research shows that the sooner a highly allergic child is exposed to highly allergic foods the less likely they will develop an allergy. Sounds like a good enough reason to break open the Peter Pan right? Wrong...enter our nutritionist...she strongly discourages feeding Aiden peanut butter due to a high risk of choking! Really? Choking!!! I remember dipping my spoon into the peanut butter jar as a kid while my mom watched and now this lady is telling me my child will choke if I give him peanut butter! I am a wishful thinking kind of girl, so my wish is that my pediatrician, my allergist, and my nutritionist would all have a pow wow and discuss this peanut butter issue and while they are together they can also determine whether or not Aiden should get the MMR vaccine because I am not completely satisfied with "he may or may not have a reaction because it is harvested in a chick egg therefore it might contain egg enzymes"...Who knew that something so simple could wreak so much havoc in the mind of this first time mom!