For years the Powers That Be have been telling me that I can't feed my child nuts. They swore that allowing my son pb and j would be dangerous, even potentially fatal. I never understood why peanuts were suddenly so scary (weren't we raised on Nutter Butters?) but I figured it had something to do with fishy farming practices and let it go. I know several kids who are severely allergic and am well-versed on keeping our kid away from cross contaminants. Combine that with the latest salmonella b.s. and I was content to remain pb free.
But now they're telling me they're wrong.
According to the latest research, exposing children to nuts early (even before age 1) may actually reduce their risk for allergies. It's the same theory behind letting your kids play in the dirt and touch dogs: building their immune system is vital. This makes total sense. Total sense!
In other words, WTF?
So parents, what do you think: give 'em early or hold off until pre-school? Do you limit all nuts or just peanuts? (I assume we're all steering clear of the latter these days.) And can I give my boy almond or sesame seed butter yet? What about lotions with almond oil? Will the madness ever end?