How do I know if my 19 month old has a peanut allergy
Over the weekend, my 8 year old daughter was eating peanuts from a restaurant and she gave a few to my 19 month old daughter which I didn't have a problem with because she can eat candy with peanut butter in it and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My 19 month old ate a few peanuts that her sister shelled for her and I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. About 20 minutes pass and my 19 month old walks over with whole peanuts unshelled in her mouth so I took them away from her. She kept trying to eat them in the shell. A few minutes after I took them away so she wouldn't choke on pieces of the shell my mother and I noticed what looked like a hive/rash on her face right beside her mouth and her finger tips and palms of her hands were red and irritated looking. We got rid of all the peanuts and shells and stopped letting her eat them because she doesn't eat peanuts too often and I was worried. My 8 year old daughter had a similar issue with pickles when she was about her age and it wasn't the pickles, but come to find out the vinegar in the pickles that she was having a contact reaction to. This rash and redness looked VERY similar. Is it possible to have a reaction to the shells but not the actual peanut or is it possible that it took 30+ mins for us to notice a reaction? I'm so scared to give them to her again. I have a cousin who is deathly allergic to peanuts and it makes me a little nervous. Any ideas/suggestions?