Are Hazelnuts safe for a PA child?

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Hi everyone,

Does anyone know if Hazelnuts are safe for a PA child? I feel so bad for my daughter -5- who loves chocolate but can never have any, that I was wondering if she can have the Fererro Rocher kind with Hazelnuts. Please advise !!! Thank you guys, I cannot tell you how much I learn everyday by just checking up on new stories !!

On Nov 4, 2001

I don't know if they are safe or not. But I do know that hazelnuts are quite highly allergenic. I would also worry about cross-contamination. If your daughter really loves chocolate, you should go to the "Americans who want Canadian Smarties Post here" thread and sign up to have a Canadian member send you some of the safe Canada Nestle chocolate products.

Amy

On Nov 4, 2001

Roos, I don't know if hazelnuts are typically a problem for PA kids. Though MY Pa son is also allergic to cashews and, you guessed it, hazelnuts! He scored super high for peanut(killer allergy) and lower for cashew and even lower to the hazelnuts. But the unpredictability of the PA is enough to convince me that he could have serious problems with the others. Although my super vigilence has only fairly recently begun (last April)and we had no other problems before from all types of candy that did not happen to have a warning label on them, I keep my son away from ALL nuts. It is just not worth it.

On Nov 5, 2001

I asked our pediatrician that question. She said that hazelnuts in the same "family" as peanuts and to treat them in the same way that I do peanuts. We have never exposed them to hazelnuts for that reason. Are you established with an allergist? Could you call their office, or even your family doctor and see what they would would say.

I'm am sorry. I know how frustrating it is. The only chocolate candies we eat are Milk Duds, Whoppers (name brand only...generic list peanuts), Sixlets, and plain Hershey bars, we have had Hershey cookies and cream candy bars too. Would you feel safe with any of those? Good luck finding your answer regarding hazelnuts.

On Nov 5, 2001

Hi Everybody, Thank you soo much for your replies, it helps !!! xxxx Roos

On Nov 5, 2001

twins'mom: Do you know what company makes Milk Duds and Whoppers? I did not know they were nut free. Please let me know, thanks!!

On Nov 6, 2001

Twins' Mom -- I am confused. How can peanuts, which are legumes, be in the same "family" as hazelnuts, which are tree nuts? Did your doctor mean that literally? It seems as if we get conflicting advice about allergies to tree nuts. My pediatrician initially told me that people with peanut allergies are frequently allergic to nuts, but our allergist said there is no connection. I think it might just be that those with peanut allergies are more likely to be allergic to things in general. It is so hard to know what to do!

On Nov 6, 2001

Milk Duds (and I think Whoppers too) are Hershey products. DD who is PA and TA has eaten both with no problem for years.

And just to join in the frenzy, hazelnuts are considered a tree nut (they grow on a hazel tree not in the ground like a legume)

On Nov 6, 2001

SF- Hershey is the manufacturer for both Whoppers and Milk Duds. My kids love them. It is nice to be able to take a store bought candy to school functions or girl scouts.

Kim M- I did not know that hazelnuts were of the tree nut family! I assumed they were grown like peanuts. We have never had a reaction to hazelnuts. My pediatrician has always had so much compassion for our peanut allergy issues. She has a dear friend who is also an M.D. Her friends 20 year old daughter (who was pa) went to a buffet with someone. She asked about peanut contamination on the food she was going to eat.(She did not have an epi-pen with her!) She had a reaction and passed away before the ambulance arrived. This was several years ago. My pediatrician may be trying to help me avoid ANY possiblility of a reaciton because she has had such a personal experience with pa. I don't know, but we do not eat anything with hazelnuts just in case. Has anyone else eaten them and done ok?

On Nov 6, 2001

I haven't been able to find out for sure, but I think a Hazelnut (a.k.a. filbert) is a tree nut as it seems to grow from a hazel tree as opposed to a peanut that grows in the ground. I know there is a high rate of cross reactivity between peanuts and tree nuts and therefore, I have been advised to stay away from both.

On Nov 6, 2001

The hazelnut is a tree nut and has nothing to do with legumes. The big problem which makes a connection to the legumes is that in most mills all nuts are milled and therefore there is no other nut save when your child has a PA. The are all contaminated. The only chance to eat safe "other nuts" is to buy them in the outer covering (I'm not sure if this is socalled) and grind them yourselves.....

Irene

On Nov 7, 2001

Continuing on this subject...I'll offer some advice I was given.

I have 2 boys, one allergic to peanuts & almonds, the other to cashews and our allergy specialist and dietician suggested that although it may not cause any reaction to eat nuts other than their allergenic ones, it is highly advisable to steer clear of all other nuts as children who are allergic can become sensitised to other nuts and develop an allergy to those as well. Needless to say - we are now a nut-free household!

Perhaps you could follow the others suggestions and search for a nut free chocolate company as there's always the risk of cross-contamination as was mentioned. If it were me, I'd still be extremely cautious just incase.

Hope that helps. Regards, Kimee from Oz

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