A nut allergy is one of the most common with 1 in 100 people allergic to peanuts and 1 in 200 allergic to tree nuts, for example, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, brazils and pistachios. It is arguably the most severe allergy as a reaction can happen even when there is only a trace amount. Most first allergic reactions take place when a child is between 14 months and two years old and it is also unlikely that the child will grow out of it. A severe reaction can also result in difficulty breathing, fast heart rate and low blood pressure – also known as anaphylaxis. When this occurs it is important to stay in hospital as it is very common for a second reaction to occur between 1 and 8 hours after the first. (Patient.co.uk)
Luckily, it is fairly easy to avoid nuts as the severity of the reaction means that labels stipulate when nuts have been used. However, it can narrow down food choices as companies often write that it may have been made in a factory which handles nuts to cover themselves. If you would like more information we have found this website to be very helpful: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Nut-Allergy.htm
Similarly to nut allergies, egg allergies can also result in anaphylaxis however by the time children are 5 years old they are likely to have outgrown it although some may still suffer from it. Research has shown that 50% of children with egg allergies can still eat cakes and biscuits containing eggs. However within this, those allergic to well cooked eggs suffered severe reactions.
Egg proteins can also be harmful and a full list can be found here: http://www.allergyuk.org/egg-allergy/egg-allergy. In the EU, food manufacturers are required to stipulate if egg is used in products, regardless of amount. However, this is not the case for all countries and so it is very important to check labels for added ingredients etc. It is also important to check frequently as recipes often change and so a once ‘safe’ food could become harmful.
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