What are allergen shakers?
Allergy Shakers are people with an allergy to peanuts or tree nuts. They have been known since ancient times. However, it was not until the late 1800’s that doctors began to recognize them as a disease. Today they are called peanut or tree nut allergies.
How do I know if my child has an allergy to peanuts or tree nuts?
There are two tests which can determine whether your child may have an allergy to peanuts or tree nuts: skin prick test and blood test. Skin prick test involves rubbing some substance on the affected area of the body (usually the hand) and seeing how much it causes itching. If any reaction occurs, then your child may have a peanut allergy. Blood test is done by giving a small amount of blood to see how much peanut protein is present. A positive result means that your child does have an allergy to peanuts or tree nuts.
Why don’t you just tell me what I need to do to protect my children from getting sick from peanuts and tree nuts?
We believe that there are several reasons why parents don’t want their kids exposed too early to foods containing these allergens. First, if your child is young and you feed them peanut butter, you may be inviting a choking hazard. Second, and this is sad, but some kids will tease other children about a severe food allergy. Third, some parents have had a bad experience with a babysitter or daycare center that didn’t handle the situation properly. While we think most parents are careful around their food, it is also true that many people do not handle food safely. Peanut butter spreads easily and a knife with dried peanut butter can cause a severe allergic reaction in someone who has an allergy to peanuts.
Should my kids eat peanuts or tree nuts?
Your child should never eat tree nuts or peanuts until you talk to their doctor about it. Your doctor can perform tests to see if your child has an allergy. If they don’t, then it is safe for them to be exposed to these foods. If they do, then it is better to stay away from these foods until they are older.
What if my child has a severe allergy to peanuts and tree nuts?
If your doctor has told you that your child has a severe allergy to peanuts or tree nuts, then they need to have an epi-pen with them at all times. The epi-pen is a device that can inject adrenaline in the event of an allergic reaction. It is a good idea to call the doctor after your child has eaten any food containing peanuts or tree nuts. This way, the doctor will know what your child has eaten and can keep track of whether the allergy is becoming more severe. It is also a good idea to wear a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace which says that your child is allergic.
Does my child need to avoid soya?
Most children outgrow their peanut or tree nut allergy by the time they reach adolescence. If this is true for your child, then they may be able to eat soya without a problem. However, if your child still has an allergy, then they may be allergic to soya as well. If your child’s doctor doesn’t know whether or not they are allergic to soya, then it’s probably best not to feed them a product which contains it.
What are the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction?
Itching and hives are early symptoms of an allergic reaction. These are often followed by swelling of the tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, vomiting, or loss of consciousness (in severe cases). If your child shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately!
Is it OK to give my child Benadryl?
There is no reason not to. However, you should always contact your doctor if your child has any allergic reactions while eating a food containing peanuts or tree nuts. There are rare cases where a person will have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) even if they take Benadryl and go to the hospital immediately. If this happens, call an ambulance and go straight to the emergency room!
What if I’m not sure if a certain food contains nuts?
It is a good idea to call the company and ask. You can also have your child tested for allergies to peanuts or tree nuts. The doctor will do a skin prick test or do a blood test to see if your child has an allergy.
What is a skin prick test?
A skin prick test involves putting liquid containing peanuts or tree nuts on your child’s skin.
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