Sunday, August 29, 2010

Peanuts are underestimated! Peanut allergy can travel through breatfeeding

Peanut allergy has become a serious food allergy that is increasingly common. A large proportion of the children who are allergic to cow’s milk or egg are also allergic to peanuts, so it is important to check for peanut allergy in children with eczema, especially if they are being breast fed.

Peanut allergens can get through into breast milk

Peanut proteins and peptides can easily travel through the breast milk and affect the baby – the telltale sign is bright, red, scaly, rough cheeks that won’t heal. It shows up clinically much like the egg allergy.
Children should not be given peanuts in the first years of life as it is such an allergenic food.

Skin prick tests are an excellent way of detecting a peanut allergy. RAST test will also detect a peanut allergy.

Children with strong family history of allergy, especially if they have eczema, should be skin tested for peanut allergy.

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  1. Dr Ford,

    How often do you see children who react to the likes of nuts, eggs, etc, reduce in their reaction when gluten is removed? I have seen this in a couple of cases with adults, particularly in those who have oral allergies to fruits and berries. As soon as gluten is removed and cleared from their system, they tend to be less reactive in general.

  2. Exactly, gluten seems to be the number one food intolerance/sensitivity culprit. Most people with multiple food reactions, once adopting a gluten-free diet, slowly become more tolerance of the other problematic foods – this includes the classic allergies such as eggs and nuts.