(HealthDay News) -- Peanuts, as with any food that's at high risk of triggering a dangerous allergy -- should be introduced slowly and methodically to rule out a possible reaction.
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Mild symptoms of an allergy include coughing, sneezing, rash or hives. More serious warning signs include lip swelling, vomiting, widespread hives, face or tongue swelling, difficulty breathing, wheezing or a change in skin color, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says.
The agency suggests how to introduce peanuts to a child who hasn't had them before:
- Feed the infant or young child a small portion of peanuts on a spoon.
- Wait 10 minutes.
- Watch for a reaction. If there are no allergy symptoms after this small taste, then slowly give the remainder of the peanut-containing food at the child's usual eating speed.
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