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Dr. James Lin
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Will eating a lot of peanut butter and peanuts during pregnancy cause a peanut allergy for the baby?

Will eating a lot of peanut butter and peanuts during pregnancy cause a peanut allergy for the baby?

NO: This has never been definitively proven and would essentially mean anything a pregnant mother eats in excess would be a possible allergen to the baby, which is not the case, or babies all over the world be allergic to ice cream, etc. What is important, is to try and breast feed for the first year, as immunoglobulins that can be transferred to the growing baby through mom's breast milk can help. ...Read more

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Can eating too much peanut butter while pregnant give your unborn child a peanut allergy?

Can eating too much peanut butter while pregnant give your unborn child a peanut allergy?

Unclear: There is some evidence that exposure to peanut butter in pregnancy can increase the fetal risk of an allergy, but the risk seems to be limited to those with a strong family history of this allergy. ...Read more

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Does eating nuts when i'm pregnant give my baby a nut allergy or prevent my baby from having nut allergies?

Does eating nuts when i'm pregnant give my baby a nut allergy or prevent my baby from having nut allergies?

Depends on history: The jury is still out on that question. There is some evidence that family ingestion of peanuts is associated with peanut allergy, but that doesn't apply to prenatal exposure in general, dietary restrictions during pregnancy are not recommended to prevent allergies. ...Read more

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Can a child be allergic to whole peanuts but not allergic peanut butter?

Can a child be allergic to whole peanuts but not allergic peanut butter?

No: No, but the reverse can be true because of different " butter" formulations! very unlikely, but i must mention it. ...Read more

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Is atopic ezema and asthma in infant cause by diet eg. Seafood, peanut, cold drinks etc during pregnancy?

Is atopic ezema and asthma in infant cause by diet eg. Seafood, peanut, cold drinks etc during pregnancy?

Maybe: A series of studies showed organic milk had healthier fats than conventional milk (more omega 3s, for instance), that the breast milk of women who drank organic had even healthier fat profile than those who drank conventional, & and that the babies born to women who drank organic during pregnancy & nursing had far less eczema. Genetics sets susceptibility, but there are also environmental triggers. ...Read more

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Do food allergies cause long term damage? Newly diagnosed: tomato, barley, tree nuts, coconut. Mild positives: wheat, soy, peanut, egg. How to manage?

Do food allergies cause long term damage? Newly diagnosed: tomato, barley, tree nuts, coconut. Mild positives: wheat, soy, peanut, egg. How to manage?

No: Food allergies do not cause long term damage, but it is unlikely that you developed true food allergies at your age. And that is quite the laundry list of positive tests. It sounds to me like someone who really doesn't understand food allergies put on a bunch of skin tests or, more likely, ordered a boatload of blood tests. See a board certified allergist to get a more accurate interpretation ...Read more

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If I don't eat peanuts, does that increase the child's chances of being allergic to peanuts?

If I don't eat peanuts, does that increase the child's chances of being allergic to peanuts?

Not studied: If you eat peanuts during pregnancy or breast feeding it doesn't seem to increase risk. Aap committee on nutrition. Effects of early nutritional interventions on the development of atopy in infants and children: the role of maternal dietary restriction, breastfeeding, timing of introduction of complementary foods, and hydrolyzed formulas. Pediatrics, volume 121, number 1, january 2008. ...Read more

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Should I avoid feeding my child foods that often cause allergic reactions?

Should I avoid feeding my child foods that often cause allergic reactions?

No: I would not advise avoiding particular foods, because the vast majority of people tolerate all such foods including peanut, milk, egg, soy, wheat, and fish. I would introduce these foods at an age appropriate time as advised by your pediatrician. Delaying introduction will not lessen the chance of developing allergy. I would, of course, still delay solids until at least 4 months of age. ...Read more

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What happens if my boyfriend (allergic to peanuts) drank almond milk without having a reaction, can he eat powdered almond?

What happens if my boyfriend (allergic to peanuts) drank almond milk without having a reaction, can he eat powdered almond?

Probably: Peanut and almond are not cross reactive. If there is no history of almond allergy in the first place, then drinking almond milk confirms no allergy. That said you have to make sure that the almond powder is not processed in a factory which also makes peanut products. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Peanut Allergy (Definition)

A peanut allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to peanut protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more