Peanut allergy

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A peanut allergy is a life-long reaction to the proteins in found peanuts. Find out how to help your child manage it.

Key points

  • A peanut allergy can be life long and carries the risk of anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • Peanuts are treated as a separate allergen from tree nuts because they are part of the legume family.
  • Many different products contain peanuts, including baked goods, curries, egg rolls, cereals, chocolate, sauces and hydrolyzed plant or vegetable protein.
  • To prevent an allergic reaction, always read food product labels, avoid foods if you are not sure of the ingredients and avoid using utensils or containers that might have come in contact with peanuts.
  • If your child's diet is limited because of a peanut, a registered dietitian can offer advice on getting a balanced diet.
Last updated: March 8th 2021