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Can a child with peanut allergies eat white chocolate?

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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Yes: Baker's semi-sweet by kraft is peanut-free. I have patients tell me that trader joe's sells one as well. To make sure, i would call the manufacturer to verify and of course, always read the labels.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Caution w/ chocolate: Although not formally proven, in my experience children with allergies that manifest with skin symptoms might have increased itching with eating spices (ie pepper, chili), citrus (ie orange), tomato/strawberry, and chocolate. This is not due to true allergy though.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe/maybe not: Once a kid has demonstrated food allergies to one product they are more likely to have allergies or intolerance to others.They may not react in the same way, as nut allergies can be dramatic and life threatening. The only way to feel comfortable about some of these foods is to run blood or skin tests. Most kids would probably have no problems, but some would.

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Can a child with peanut allergies eat a bar of white chocolate?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
If not procesed w/pn: White chocolate is made basically the same way as regular chocolate but it lacks the cocoa solids in it. You need to look at the wrapper if it is processed in a plant that deals with peanuts, it is best to stay away.
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How can you tell if your child has peanut allergies?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Please see below.: True peanut allergy means that usually within 2 hours of intake of peanuts or their products, your child starts having hives, facial/eyelid/tongue/lip/throat swelling, itching, chest tightness, wheeze, vomiting, abdominal pain, rapid pulse, dizziness, low blood pressure, fainting, and/or respiratory or cardiac arrest. Please see an allergist asap for testing if you suspect a food allergy.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
if truly allergic to peanuts, need to carry epi-pen at all times!
Feb 13, 2014
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in a child?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Peanut Allergy: Peanut allergy symptoms include: itchiness, rash, hives, lip or tongue swelling, trouble swallowing, trouble speaking, trouble breathing, asthma, abdominal pain, vomiting, passing out.

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