A Skippy brand peanut butter recall has millions of parents checking their cupboards to make sure they don’t have one of the jars reportedly containing salmonella. The manufacturer issued the recall Friday spanning sixteen states.
The recall doesn’t really instill confidence in the parents of toddlers, like myself, currently wading through information on allergies, trying to decide when one can safely fix a PB&J for the little one.
Peanut butter is one of the “forbidden foods” many doctors advise not feeding a baby before a certain age. That’s because peanuts make the top of the big 8 list of food allergies. Yet there really is no definitive answer to the question of when it’s safe to feed your child peanut butter. Much depends on your family history. If you or anyone in your child’s family has a food allergy or allergic type disorder (like asthma or eczema) or if your child has had a food allergy in the past, then the American Academy of Pediatrics has generally advised parents to wait to introduce peanuts and peanut butter until your child is three years old.
However, in 2008, the AAP released a clinical report that caused many to believe there is no longer a need to delay any foods, of any kind, when beginning to introduce solid foods to babies. The report notes the following:
“Although solid foods should not be introduced before 4 to 6 months of age, there is no current convincing evidence that delaying their introduction beyond this period has a significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease regardless of whether infants are fed cow milk protein formula or human milk. This includes delaying the introduction of foods that are considered to be highly allergic, such as fish, eggs, and foods containing peanut protein… This raises serious questions about the benefit of delaying the introduction of solid foods that are thought to be highly allergic (cow milk, fish, eggs, and peanut-containing foods) beyond 4 to 6 months of age; additional studies are needed.”
Nonetheless, be aware that a peanut allergy can be severe, lifelong and potentially deadly. Look for signs of an allergic reaction such as:
* difficulty breathing or asthma symptoms
* swelling of the mouth or throat
* vomiting or diarrhea
* loss of consciousness
These signs can appear in minutes or hours so be on the lookout.
If you are concerned about your child having a peanut allergy, the only real way to avoid the danger is to avoid peanuts and peanut butter altogether. But be aware that for the majority of children, there is no danger.
That said – allergy or no – you should definitely check your Skippy peanut butter. The recall includes Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread.
For complete information about the recall click to Strollerderby’s Skippy Peanut Butter Recall.