Nuts are among the foods with a high allergenic potential and therefore their consumption by children should be done with caution to minimize any possible risk. Nuts is actually a generic name for different types of seeds that fall within the same category food: walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashew, pistachio. However nuts are healthy, nuts have a high allergenic potential. Equally great is the allergenic potential of peanuts.
Peanuts and nuts are foods with high allergic potential
Although for most people peanuts and similar foods (almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and others) are not a danger, these foods are allergens for some people who are very sensitive to their consumption.
Studies conducted in the UK shows that 1 in 50 children is allergic to peanuts, making it a common form of allergy.
The allergic reaction occurs when the immune system reacts to a particular allergen, perceiving it as a harmful substance.
Symptoms of allergic reactions to peanuts and nuts
In this type of allergy, the symptoms are varied. They appear immediately, within minutes after the peanuts were consumed.
The most common symptoms include:
- sudden swelling and irritation of the skin
- itching all over the body, especially around the eyes
- tingling sensation on the tongue and lips
- abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea
- itchy nose or sneezing
What types of peanuts allergens exists?
Allergy to peanuts is actually a generic name for the sensitivity to different types of seeds that fall within the same category of food as nuts.
People who are allergic to peanuts should be cautious when consuming other vegetables in the form of pods, because they might cause allergic reactions, too.
Medication for peanuts allergies
Epinephrine (artificial adrenaline) is the only medication indicated for severe allergic reactions. Immediate administration of epinephrine is critical when the allergic reactions occur.
Adrenaline is a hormone produced by the body in stressful situations and during intense physical activity. Adrenaline dilates the airways and increases the heart rate, mobilizing the body to respond quickly.
Epinephrine is a synthetic substance used as a solution for injections that rapidly reduces the allergy symptoms. Typically, injection is given on the front of the thigh. EpiPen and Anapen are immediate adrenaline injection devices that consist of a syringe filled with the amount of adrenaline needed to handle an anaphylactic shock. The amount of active substance is determined by the doctor for each patient in part, depending on age and weight.
Epinephrine acts rapidly, but the effect is of short duration and therefore, it is sometimes necessary to inject a second dose. Whatever the case is, it is necessary the patients to kept under medical supervision for at least 4 hours for prevention of relapses.
Kids are eating nuts, despite rise in allergies
Around 35% of the kids are eating peanuts and other nuts, in different forms, on a daily basis.
Most common form the peanuts are eaten is butter. Peanut butter is the favorite sandwiches ingredient in the US.
Specialists say that eating nuts is a very healthy thing to do, so this trend should make parents happy thinking that their kids are preferring nuts instead of snacks and other junk foods.
When it comes to allergies to peanuts, specialists debunked the myth according to which babies must be kept away from nuts because they might be allergic or they might develop allergies to peanuts.
Even though rates of allergies to peanuts have proven to be on rising, specialists think that parents fears are not backed-up by any good reason, and if their babies are not presenting any negative reaction upon nuts consumption, they shouldn’t forbid them to eat nuts.
Recently, doctors discovered that it is somehow important to feed the babies with nuts, nuts pasta, or peanut butter because they think that doing so the babies won’t develop allergies to nuts.
In the cases of the babies who are prone to develop peanuts allergies, doctors recommend parents to fed their babies with peanut butter because it might protect them from developing that form of allergy.
Kids are eating nuts, despite the rise in allergies, but even though they are nutritious, nuts are high-calorie, so don’t let your kid eat a whole bunch at once.