Peanut Allergies: What Parents Should Know

In recognition of Food Allergies Awareness Week, May 13-19, check out these helpful facts about one of the most common food allergies – peanuts.

Peanuts often find their way into things you wouldn’t imagine. Chili, for example, may be thickened with ground peanuts. Other foods that can contain peanuts or peanut products are baked goods, health bars, salad dressings, soups, among others.

Additional foods that can cause allergies include, eggs, milk, tree nuts, soy,wheat, fish/shellfish.

An allergy to peanuts, like other food allergies, usually develops during a child’s first few years. If your child is allergic to peanuts, she should avoid peanut butter, beer nuts, peanut oil, mandelonas, peanut flour, marzipan and nougat.

Reactions to foods, like peanuts, can vary. Some reactions can be very mild and involve only one system of the body, like hives on the skin. Other reactions can be more severe and involve more than one part of the body.

Common symptoms include: hives or swelling of the skin, vomiting or nausea, wheezing, worsening of underlying eczema, low blood pressure or shock.

The most severe reaction, called anaphylaxis, is when several symptoms happen at once, including swelling of the breathing tubes and low blood pressure. If you think your child is having a severe reaction, seek emergency care immediately.

If your child has a reaction to any food, talk with your child’s pediatrician about allergy testing. If results show that your child has a peanut or tree nut allergy, your child’s pediatrician will recommend the proper treatment plan.

See more information about peanut allergies and other food allergies.

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