One of the questions that trouble us as our babies start eating solids is: "When can my baby eat dried fruits?" There is a lot of hesitation about this issue since dried fruits are associated with allergies.
Most doctors believe that dried fruits should be introduced between 12 and 36 months. However this seems like a very wide range. What are we supposed to do? The conflict in doctors’ opinions is the very reason why this range is so wide. The most reasonable thing to do here is to decide on the right time together with your doctor, by taking into account your baby's development. If your baby is not prone to allergies or there is no allergy in your family history, you may introduce dried fruits to your baby when he is around 12 months old.
However if your baby were prone to allergies, maybe it would be better for you to wait until he is 24 to 36 months old.
Dried fruits with the highest probability of causing allergy are: walnut, almond, cashew, hazelnut, pistachio, peanut. Especially peanut allergy is very common and develops mostly in the first year of the baby. Allergy to peanuts may cause very serious problems along with mild discomfort.