Our expert says:
Peanut allergy is one of the most difficult allergies to treat because as you have already discovered so many processed foods contain nuts or seeds or peanuts. Basically the safest solution is to give your child only fresh foods that you yourself have prepared - meat, fish, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, milk, fruit and vegetables, porridges and breads (here you will have to check the labels carefully). Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Food-related diseases' to read the articles on peanut allergy. Also visit the SA Allergy Association Website at: www.allallergy.co.za . For recipes that avoid the offending foods, you can try the 'South African Cookbook for Food Allergies & Food Intolerance" by Hilda Lategan. Contact Hilda Lategan, who is also a dietitian, on (012) 546-6410) or send her an e-mail at: email@example.com . I would still urge you to make a plan to consult a dietitian when next you visit one of the larger centres (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), to help you through this difficult period while you need to adjust to providing a diet that is free of peanuts, nuts and seeds, but that still ensure normal growth.
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