Health Tip: Protect Against Peanut Reactions01/21/11
(HealthDay News) -- If your child is allergic to peanuts or
nuts, strict precautions can help prevent a life-threatening
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
- 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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