Your Child Has a Peanut Allergy? Here's What You Need to Know
No one wants the label of Allergy Mama. I didn't, and I know that you didn't either. This week I am diving into some info to share with you in case you have been told your child has a peanut allergy. The first thing I want to tell you is to breathe. Go ahead and breathe, go ahead and have a good cry, and then it is time to get to work. 

In this blog post, we will discuss some things you need to know about peanut allergies in children. We'll talk about what causes them, how to prevent an allergic reaction, and what to do if one occurs.

Mama, now you need to get informed. This can be such a frightening diagnosis, but with the right information, you can help keep your child safe.  Two books that my husband and I found helpful were The Peanut Allergy Book,  and the Peanut Allergy Epidemic.

Peanut allergies are caused by a person's immune system mistakenly identifying peanuts as a harmful substance. When someone with a peanut allergy eats peanuts, their immune system reacts by releasing histamines. This can cause a range of symptoms, from mild (such as hives or itching) to severe (such as anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening). 

Peanut allergies are one of the most common food allergies in children, and unfortunately one of the ones they rarely grow out of- ouch I know- I cried over many skin and blood tests, praying the allergy was gone, but results showed me otherwise.
There is no cure for peanut allergies, and the only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid peanuts altogether. This can be a daunting task, as peanuts are found in many common foods. However, with careful label reading and a bit of planning, it is possible to keep your child safe.

If your child does have a peanut allergy, it is important to have an emergency plan in place in case of a reaction.  Be sure to carry your prescribed epinephrine with you at all times, and know how to use it. It is also a good idea to wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. 

You will develop an emergency plan with your child's doctor.  This will help you be prepared for a reaction. You should also know how to use your child's prescription for epinephrine. Epinephrine is a medicine that can stop a severe allergic reaction. You will need to be prepared to give it to your child if they have a peanut allergy and they mistakenly eat peanuts or peanut products. Your doctor will help you practice giving the medicine with a trainer.

If your child does have a peanut allergy, one of the best things you can do is to get informed and be prepared. With the right information, you can help keep your child safe.  I was so scared when I first started navigating this daunting task of keeping my son safe. It is not easy, and it requires vigilance and being prepared. The more you know, the better you will be able to keep your child safe.

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