Nuts (and Peanuts, too)
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor of any kind! If you have a concern or question about your baby’s health or potential allergies, pleeeease talk to your pediatrician or general doctor!
This is the third post is this “series” on allergens. There are a few common food allergies and intolerances that folks have: eggs, dairy, gluten, and nuts (peanuts and others). So I’ll do a post for each of those!
The official stance on nuts and peanuts
I tend to follow the guidelines from the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics! So here is what they have to say (click the link to read more):
- introducing allergens early can help prevent food allergies (a second source)
- a baby is more susceptible to a nut allergy/intolerance if his parents or siblings have a nut allergy
- often, a kid with a peanut allergy also has eczema and/or asthma, so if the parents or siblings have one of those as well, it’s possible baby will have a peanut allergy (source)
Signs your baby may have a nut or peanut allergy
These signs usually show up within seconds or minutes. Occasionally they’ll show up a few hours later. (Source: National Institutes of Health)
- tingling and itching of the mouth
- hives, itching, eczema
- swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
- wheezing or trouble breathing
- diarrhea, vomiting, nausea
- dizziness, fainting
If an allergy exists, here are some alternatives you can offer
Technically, your baby doesn’t *need* peanuts or other nuts! So alternatives aren’t necessary. Just avoid these things!
Important note: If you notice a reaction to peanuts, please take your child to his doctor or to an allergist as soon as possible! Unlike other allergens, a peanut allergy may not present itself on the first exposure, or second, or third. It may be a year later when a reaction shows up, so please continue to be cautious with nuts! Visit foodallergy.org for lots of great information.