How to Manage Childhood Nut Allergies

Peanut allergies are one of the most fatal allergies that your child can suffer from. If left untreated, peanuts can trigger a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can cause skin rash, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and shock. Due to this danger, you need to make sure that your child has immediate access to an epinephrine auto-injector, such as an EpiPen, in case of emergency. While the best way to prevent this situation is to entirely eliminate any trace of peanuts from your child’s environment, this is rarely a feasible option.

If your child suffers from a peanut allergy, consider these tips and tricks to keep your child safe and to manage his or her allergy symptoms when they arise.

Research Peanuts and Their Relatives

It is a common misconception that a nut allergy applies to all nuts. However, a nut allergy is usually specific to peanuts. Peanut allergies are so common that between the years 1997 and 2008, the number of children who suffered from peanut allergies tripled. Fortunately, approximately 20 percent of children who suffer from peanut allergies are eventually able outgrow their sensitivity.

It is important to know that peanuts are not the same as tree nuts such as almonds, cashews, and walnuts, which grow directly on trees. Rather, peanuts are grown underground, and are thus considered part of a different plant family called legumes. Peanuts are more closely related to vegetables such as peas, beans, and lentils, so it would be best to test your child for these legume-related allergies as well.

Secure Your Child’s Environment

After consulting your family doctor, you’ll need to make a detailed plan of action to contain your child’s peanut allergy. Ensure that your child’s school environment is clear of potential threats, and prepare written instructions so that teachers and friends are aware of the risks.

Remember that even casual contact with any peaunut-related product can pose a threat to your child, as exposure to the eyes, ears, and mouth can cause a severe reaction. It is essential to thoroughly educate your child, friends, family, and educators on the necessary precautions, so that your child can resume daily life in safety and comfort.

Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Shukla

If your child suffers from a peanut allergy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mayank Shukla today.

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