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Doctor insights on: Kids Crafts Made From Nuts

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Anyone's child allergic to corn nuts? Are corn nuts a corn or a nut?

Anyone's child allergic to corn nuts?  Are corn nuts a corn or a nut?

Corn: Corn nuts are fried or baked whole corn kernels. Check the ingredient list. Corn is a less common but well known allergen. See your doctor to discuss the symptoms you are seeing and discuss further testing or treatment. ...Read more

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Should you wait to introduce nuts to kids?

Should you wait to introduce nuts to kids?

6 months: There is no good evidence that delaying nuts -- or any food -- beyond 4 to 6 months old reduces allergies. In fact, the delay may increase the risk food allergies. However, unless crushed, etc., nuts and nutbutters are shapes or textures that are easy to choke on. Avoid any choking hazards. Also, I do suggest avoiding commonly allergic foods when a child is on antibiotics or has a GI illness. ...Read more

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If a guy gets kicked in the nuts as a child, would his penis stop growing?

If a guy gets kicked in the nuts as a child, would his penis stop growing?

Only if all penile: Arteries were blocked. In which case you could not have erections. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more

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How do I find out if my child is allergic to food, specifically nuts without ingestion?

How do I find out if my child is allergic to food, specifically nuts without ingestion?

Several options: There are both blood tests and skin tests that can be done to see if possible allergies to specific foods/exposures. Would work in concert with your doc or allergist, as these tests can be a little misleading at times - just because something comes back "positive" does not always mean a true clinical allergy exists.Ingestion trials should only be done in a qualified allergist office- just in case! ...Read more

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What are your opinions on raising a child on a meatless diet with plenty of plants, grains, nuts, and legumes? Healthy? Not healthy?

What are your opinions on raising a child on a meatless diet with plenty of plants, grains, nuts, and legumes? Healthy? Not healthy?

Depends: Families who follow a vegetarian lifestyle through multiple generations have and do learn to provide a proper balance of nutrients to sustain normal growth and development. Kids are at risk if a parent decides to adopt this lifestyle without any training, as many nutrients found in meats may be deficient and result in specific problems like anemia and or developmental delay. ...Read more

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If the child's age is 1-3 years old and has allergy to nuts could he/she overcome this allergy as they age?

If the child's age is 1-3 years old and has allergy to nuts could he/she overcome this allergy as they age?

Not usually: Some people can but nut allergies tend to be for life. You could look at naet to desensitize for a specific allergen...(nambudripad allergy elimination technique). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed as being allergic to peanuts and tree nuts as a child but that was 15 years ago. Can I try nuts now?

I was diagnosed as being allergic to peanuts and tree nuts as a child but that was 15 years ago.  Can I try nuts now?

Visit allergist: It is much safer to only reintroduce a food that you were previously told you were allergic to after testing and oral challenge in a supervised setting (e.g. Doctor's office). ...Read more

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My dad recvd a dual transplant liver/kid less than a yr ago. Since he has started drinking more then ever. I need advice. I'm going nuts.....?

My dad recvd a dual transplant liver/kid less than a yr ago. Since he has started drinking more then ever. I need advice. I'm going nuts.....?

What ashame: Your dad was given a second chance. There are fewer liver transplant donors than there are potential recipients. What ashame if he is indeed not caring for his new liver by drinking alcohol heavily--a liver that could have been lifesaving for someone who might have better cared for it. Express to him your concern, ask to accompany him to his liver clinic, & get his permission to recruit their help. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for nuts and sesame allergy in children ? Is giving small doses of them in a hospital setting actually helps ?

Is there any treatment for nuts and sesame allergy  in children ? Is giving small doses of them in a hospital setting actually helps ?

Variable: The successful rates for sublingual food drops desensitization to nuts have been variable. Most of the studies excluded those who had an anaphylactic reaction to the nut. Even if the desensitization is successful, it is intended only for inadvertent exposure to the nuts. This approach has not yet been fda approved and not yet ready for prime time. ...Read more