Allergies

Almond Allergy in Babies

Almond allergy is one of the most common nut allergies, along with milk, eggs, wheat, shellfish and fish. Allergies in babies are really difficult to detect because the baby can neither express the pain or discomfort nor explain the symptoms. Almond allergy in babies develops when the baby is fed with almonds or foods containing them. This is a IgE mediated immune response where in IgE protein is produced in response to the trigger. When the baby is again fed with almonds, this IgE responds to almond protein and causes allergic reaction.

Almond-AllergySymptoms of Almond Allergy in Babies
  • The most obvious symptoms are skin manifestations which includes hives, swelling or redness of skin.
  • While the allergic reaction progresses, symptoms like coughing, sneezing, wheezing and difficulty in breathing occurs.
  • The baby even vomits and slowly spits everything after the meal.
  • Baby’s cry sounds very high and even the voice changes.

The whole allergic reaction occurs in few minutes to one hour on exposure to almonds.

Diagnosis

A physician can determine the almond allergy in babies only after coming across a careful description and time line of the symptoms. If the allergic reaction seems to be severe, the physician suggests for a skin pricking test. In this test, a little amount of almond extract is taken in a plastic device and scratched onto the skin surface. The skin reaction is measured after 20 minutes. Blood test is also done to measure the IgE protein.

Treatment

The symptoms range from mild to severe or can be life threatening. Even if the reaction is mild, you need to take certain measures so that your baby can stay away from severity of the reaction. The best way is to avoid giving almonds and foods containing them to your baby. You need to discuss further about what to give and what not to give with a good pediatrician.

This is a brief note on almond allergy in babies.

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