Most infants are prone to their environment changes. So it is important to take full care of their health. The more we are aware about their health, the more they are secure to any allergies.
There is a possibility that your child may get some kind of food allergy, i.e. there are some changes in your child’s body after eating a specific food. If your child shows certain symptoms after consuming peanuts, then this article is for you.
Is Your Baby Allergic To Peanuts?
If your child is getting a peanut allergy, it may cause anaphylaxis, which is a severe reaction in babies or infants. Here’s some more information about peanut allergies in babies:
- Peanut allergy in babies or infants is not a common allergy in infants. Most of them get allergic when they are about 2 years old.
- Peanut allergy stays for whole life and a very less percentage of children outgrow this allergy; it can also be a life threatening reaction, so it needs to be properly diagnosed.
- It is important to know if your baby is allergic to it or not. If you are seeing any particular change in the body of your child, then you should immediately consult a doctor before it gets worse.
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How Babies Get Allergic To Food?
When the child gets in contact with the food for the first time, the immune system of the baby gets an alert of he or she is allergic to that food; when the baby eats that food again, she immediately gets an allergic reaction.
- Your child can get allergy of you or someone in your family has Asthma; in such cases, it is very common for a child to be allergic to peanuts.
- Most children react to peanuts when they come in contact with them for the first time, even by touch alone.
- If you have eczema, then it is most likely for your children to get peanut allergy.
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Symptoms Of Peanut Allergy In Babies:
If your child shows any or all of the symptoms mentioned below, it is very important that you immediately take your child for a consultation with her doctor or an allergy specialist.
- Rashes around the mouth, eyes and nose
- Swelling of the lips and face
- Running nose along with sneezing
- Irritation in throat
[ Read: Skin Allergy In Infants ]
How to Prevent Peanut Allergies In Babies?
Firstly, it is not possible to totally prevent the allergic reactions in the body of your child, since it is not something that can be controlled. At the same time, do not be alarmed – even if there is a history of allergies in your family, there is also no specific evidence of your baby getting allergic to peanuts.
The most you can do is follow certain precautions, as listed below:
- Breastfeeding for 4 to 6 months is suggested to protect your child from food allergies (even though there is no scientific evidence supporting this!)
- Introducing the allergic food as the weaning food is the best way to keep your child safe; do this only after consulting your doctor.
- Introduce your child to new foods gradually and see their reaction to the food. If they are allergic, they will react immediately.
- It is always a good idea to consult a doctor about your child’s allergic immediately after you see some change in the child’s body.
- Get a skin test from the doctor, and on the recommendation, go for all the medications for your child in order to prevent the allergic reactions from the body.
[ Read: Baby Skin Care ]
- Parents need to be very careful about the allergies in kids.
- You should make sure that if your child is staying with anyone then they are also aware of these allergies.
- Be aware if your family has some allergy history; your child will be more affected.
- If your child shows definitely signs of having peanut allergy, the best way is to meet with the doctor and have a consultation.
Having more tips for children with peanut allergy? Then share them with us, in the section below.
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