Nuts (and Peanuts, too)

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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):

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. 

  • Megan Greenway

    Thank you for this informative and concise series on allergens, and especially for your linked sources! I’d like to show the AAP article to my son’s doctor! 🙂

    • blwideas

      You’re welcome 🙂