Posted by: Sue | 2009/09/30


Newborn' s reaction on nuts

Hi there doctor
My baby boy was born on Wednesday morning last week. During the day following his birth I ate a packet of nuts and dried fruit (after checking with several sources which indicated that you do not need to avoid any allergens like nuts while breastfeeding). My baby reacted with a serious skin rash all over his body, swollen eyes and swollen lips. The paediatritian had blood and urine tests done as she suspected a kidney problem but couldn' t find anything extraordinary. The symptoms disappeared after a day. I didn' t mention the nuts to her, as I only made the connection after being discharged. Could it be that the nuts triggered an allergic reaction? And does this mean I should avoid other allergens in my diet as well while breastfeeding? My older daugther (3) is allergic to peanuts, although it is not common in our families. Thank you!

Expert's Reply



Your baby is almost certainly allergic to peanuts. Your information was incorrect as you should definitely avoid eating peanuts or indeed any nuts while breastfeeding if your family is allergic-particularly if there is a family history of nut allergy. You have a daughter allergic to peanuts.Your baby is very highly allergic to peanut as he has reacted extremely early. You must be very careful indeed not to let him eat any food containing peanut. He must have a test done for peanut allergy called the RAST test.It would be best to consult a paediatrician with expertise in paediatric allergy. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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