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Posted by: Uncertain Mom | 2006/10/30

Q.

Difference between allergen & traces?

When my 14-month old daughter was born, her paediatrician advised that I avoild allergenic foods while breastfeeding. From 3 months she was slowly introduced to Nan's hypoallergenic formula and at almost 6 months I introduced solids, avoiding allergens. She is now drinking cows milk and suffers no adverse effects after eating the foods we have introduced thus far (including those containing soya, wheat, gluten, eggs). I am, however, avoiding the introduction of peanuts/nuts (in the form of a paste, etc.) until after the age of 2 (some books say even three years). However, I have a recipe that makes use of a wholewheat cereal. On this specific cereal's box (and that of most cereals/foods) it states that it may contain traces of peanuts. May I make use of this cereal - or is it best to wait until my daughter is older than 2?

Neither my husband nor I are allergic to nuts, but my sister does seem to have a reaction to foods containing nuts/nut extract in some form (especially when combined with diary). Would this have any relevance?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It should be perfectly safe for you to use the wholewheat cereal in your recipe.'Traces of nuts' are very unlikely to cause any harm and in any case there is no evidence that your child is allergic to nuts.

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