Updated 24 May 2017

How best should I protect my peanut allergic child?

Peanut allergy can be fatal. Here are a few tips to help you protect your child from having a reaction.


Peanut allergy can be fatal. Here are a few tips to help you protect your child from having a reaction.

Write to your local supermarket for a list of products which they consider to be peanut free.

Keep to brands that are either labeled as peanut free on the packet or are guaranteed as nut free by the manufacturers’ lists. Make your own cakes and biscuits using a known and safe source of oil or fat, such as corn oil, sunflower oil or olive oil.

Take “safe” foods to parties. There is no need for any child to avoid socialising or parties. If necessary, discuss the problem with the organiser. Giving your child a box of his/her own sweets and cakes, is an option.

Teach your child to check on all foods before eating anything away from home. Ensure your child’s teachers are fully informed of the problem, the precautionary measures to be taken, and emergency procedure.

Supply the school/teachers with a management plan, detailing signs to look for, precautionary measures to be taken and emergency procedures to be adopted. Ensure that telephone numbers, details of your child’s GP are immediately available, and that staff have been instructed in the administration of medication.


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