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Understanding Peanut Allergies – Part II

By , December 22nd, 2011 | Infant Care, News, Nutrition, Parenting, Toddler Care | 0 Comments

Nevin Wilson, MD, Pediatric Allergies and Immunology
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Once a peanut allergy is identified it’s important for parents to learn how to avoid it. In addition to getting peanuts and peanut containing products out of the house, you’ll need to identifying restaurants that may serve peanuts in some of their dishes and avoid them as well.

Depending on the severity of your child’s allergy, you will also need to work with school or daycare to ensure your child eats in a peanut-free environment. Be sure to get set up with an epi-pen and learn how and when to use it. It’s also important to have a plan should your child be exposed to peanuts when you are not around.

Children with a history of food allergies or with strong family history of allergies, may be best off avoiding peanut products (if possible) until they are 3-years-old. Some evidence shows the severity of food allergies drops after age 3.

For more information about peanut allergies, including an allergic reactions instructions sheet, go to the Kids Health library on renown.org/children.

Does your child have a peanut allergy? We invite you to share how you maintain it.

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