Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

When is it safe to introduce tree nuts to infants and small children?


Always consult with your child's qualified healthcare provider before introducing any solid foods. If there is a history of food sensitivity or allergic reactions in a family member (mom dad and/or sibling) such as true food allergy, eczema, or asthma, your healthcare provider may recommend that certain foods be introduced slower. There was a study that found when infants were exposed to peanuts between five to nine months they were less likely to have anaphylaxis to them by age five. If your healthcare provider supports the introduction of peanuts at this age, it is always best to use natural organic peanut butter and not hydrogenated, high sugar forms. 

See this post about identifying signs of allergies and how to introduce foods you are concerned about.

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