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Health Tip: Protect Against Peanut Reactions

Health Tip: Protect Against Peanut Reactions

01/21/11

(HealthDay News) -- If your child is allergic to peanuts or nuts, strict precautions can help prevent a life-threatening reaction.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions:

  • Ban nuts from your home, or take precautions to avoid cross-contamination of foods.
  • Avoid serving your child meals that you didn't make, or meals for which you haven't seen a complete ingredient list.
  • Talk to all food service people in a restaurant about the nut allergy. Before you eat, make sure they're confident they can avoid cross-contamination.
  • Prepare your child's snacks and meals for school, and for outings with friends.
  • Have the child or caregiver carry an epinephrine pen. Prepare an action plan, in the event of anaphylaxis, for your child's teachers, principal or day-care workers.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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