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I'm a mother of 6 children, my last child is 6 months old and has allergies to peanut/nut and sesame seed!! Is it safe for him to have mangos, green beans, and peas?

By PeanutAllergy.com on Sun, 04-03-16, 15:37

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Our Answer:

Thank you for your question. Raising a child with food allergies can be challenging but there are a few steps you can take to make sure your child is safe.

For starters, you should discuss the best course of action with your doctor. Every child is different and it’s important that you speak with your doctor to see what he/she recommends when it comes to introducing new foods.

There are a few guidelines you should keep in mind when introducing new foods to your child. Generally speaking, you want to leave three to five in days in between introducing a child to a new food. During this time, you want to watch your child and see if he has any allergic symptoms. These can be smaller symptoms, not just anaphylaxis. If it’s helpful, you can keep a log of what he eats. To learn more about introducing new food to a young child, click here

While everyone is different, there is some information that helps to gauge which fruits might cause a reaction. Some of the most common fruits that can cause allergic reactions include apples, kiwi, tomatoes, strawberries, limes and lemons. However, everyone is different and this is why it’s important to speak with your doctor. You can read more about fruit allergies here.

Another important thing to keep in mind is cross-contamination. If they are old enough, make sure to have a serious talk with your other children. They should know not to give food to the youngest child. Keep antibacterial wipes on hand so you can clean surfaces. You can learn more about cross contamination here. You can read more information about cross contamination here.

You also might want to consider keeping allergens out of the home completely. Some parents find this helpful because it reduces the chances of an allergic reaction. There are many steps you can take to keep your child safe. You can read some helpful tips here.

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We hope this information helps. Take care!

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