PB&J, the sandwich that defines childhood, can potentially be harmful if a child is allergic to peanuts. And, because some kids have strong allergic reactions to the nuts — many which involve problems breathing — and chunks of the spread can prove to be a choking hazard, some pediatricians recommend that parents wait until children are 3 or 4-years-old to feed them peanuts and peanut butter.
While this is a great guideline, it doesn't calm a mother's fear of actually watching a child ingest peanut butter when the time comes. If this is your case, you might want to consider giving your child their first taste of peanut butter in your pediatrician's waiting room before an appointment. That way, if your child does have an allergic reaction, medical assistance is already on hand.