Feeding Kids Peanuts & Eggs Early May Lower Allergy Risk
Lately, more and more children are developing different forms of allergies, and the main reason for that is a poor immune system. In the most of the cases, allergies symptoms are not causing any harm, manifesting themselves only as a slight discomfort, but in some cases, the allergies are a danger to children’s health and may even be lethal if proper treatment and care are not applied.
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:
- Brazil nuts
Eggs are also allergenic, being the second allergenic food for kids, after nuts. The most allergenic part of an egg is the egg white, also known as the albumen.
Allergies are overreactions of the immune system against a substance or a environmental condition that are harmless for most people.
In allergic people, their immune system considers the allergen factor as an invader and reacts inappropriately, resulting in symptoms that can be harmful and disturbing. The scientifically explanation for this process is that the immune system produces antibodies called immunoglobulin E, that can determine the mast cells and the basophils cells (the cells of the allergenic body) to release chemicals into the bloodstream, including histamine, in order to defend the body from the allergen invader.
Common symptoms of allergies
- Skin rash, atopic dermatitis, eczema, redness or swelling of the face or extremities, itching and swelling of the lips, the tongue or the mouth are the most common allergies symptoms of the effects on the skin.
- Gastrointestinal tract allergies cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Respiratory tract’s effects of allergies are commonly stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or the shortness of breath. Asthma is one of these allergies type.
- Cardiovascular system effects of allergies are fatigue or faintness.
Specific symptoms of nuts allergies
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
Specific symptoms of eggs allergies
Eggs allergy can manifest itself:
- Cutaneous – eczema, atopic dermatitis, or urticaria type with papules or plaque of urticaria, or a erythema.
- Respiratory – rhinitis, rhino-sinusitis, with sneezing, abundant nose, nasal clogging, breathing difficulty, coughing, and even asthma attacks with heavy breathing and wheezing.
- Digestive – abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can occur.
- Seldom or less complete anaphylaxis may occur in which any of the aforementioned manifestations add weight to swallowing, breathing, dizziness, and low blood pressure. Anaphylaxis may be lethal if not properly intervened, and most patients should keep a self-injecting adrenaline.
Eggs allergy manifestations may occur within a few minutes, or up to a few hours after egg ingestion.
Lower allergy risk by early feeding your kids peanuts and eggs
When it comes to allergies to peanuts or eggs, specialists debunked the myth according to which babies must be kept away from nuts and eggs because they might be allergic or they might form allergies to peanuts or eggs.
Even though rates of allergies to peanuts and eggs 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 the consumption of these foods, they shouldn’t forbid them to eat these foods.
Moreover, in recent studies, doctors have discovered that it is somehow important to feed the babies with nuts, nuts pasta, peanut butter, and eggs 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 or eggs allergies (at least one parent is suffering from one, or both types of allergies), doctors recommend parents to fed their babies with peanut butter because it might protect them from developing that form of allergy.
Same goes for the eggs allergy prevention. Parents should include eggs since the food diversification begins for babies. At first, small amounts of yolk are more suitable, and as soon as the baby accepts different tastes and experience different foods, parents should also include, and step-by-step increase, the consumption of egg white for their babies.
Boiled eggs are recommended instead of scrambled eggs or poached eggs, at first.
Therefore, it is clinically proven that you can lower allergy risk by early feeding your Kids peanuts and eggs.