Peanut Allergy in Children
Peanut allergy is the most common serious food allergy in children.
Peanut allergy symptoms in children
The most common type of reaction in allergic children exposed to peanuts is hives, either just around the mouth or spread over the whole body. Other common reactions involve abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
A child with a peanut allergy may break out in hives, a red itchy rash; have eczema, or experience swelling and redness around the mouth and face after eating peanuts. Skin reactions are among the most common type of symptom. An antihistamine, like Benadryl, can be helpful in treating mild skin reactions, like hives.
Peanut allergies can also cause gastrointestinal problems. Children with peanut allergies may experience cramping, bloating, vomiting and/or diarrhea after ingesting peanuts.
Treatment for peanut allergy in children
At present there is no cure for peanut allergies. The best way to avoid a reaction is to avoid peanuts altogether. All food labels should be checked to see whether products contain peanuts or traces of peanuts.
Foods that may contain peanuts
Besides peanut butter and peanut oil, some foods that may contain peanuts include:
Rachis oil (peanut oil)
Some veggie burgers
Some bars dietary
Some cereal, including granola