peanut allergy does that mean she is allergic to chocolate too?

T - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter had a reaction to peanut butter cookies last christmas. The reaction was 2 hours after eating the one biet of cookie We had her blood tested and she came up with a positive result. Just curious if she may be allergic to chocolate too. I realize that many choc are made in plants that have exposure to peanuts. However there is some of Hershey's that is fine. Just curious if anyone has found that with a peanut allergy that their child is also allergic to choc. I am afraid of giving her any choc b/c of it The Dr. said that since she isn't allergic to milk that she should be fine with it. Please share any feedback that you have.

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Sandra - posted on 04/08/2013

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hey i have a daughter who is allergic to peanuts as well and it is always scary when giving her snacks or food that i did not make myself. you never know where it is made and there can be nuts in the vicinity. i found this great place that is run by two moms that makes snack, cookie brownies ect in a no nut environment you should check it out plus they actually taste really good. this is the website if you want to check it out. www.nonutnation.com

Melanie - posted on 02/07/2012

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Have you done the scratch and blood tests both on your child? They should be able to tell you if choc. is an allergy risk. My son is 6 and has had food allergies since a few months old so I am used to the label reading and the drama that comes with a food allergy. I have to tell you a good allergist is the best way to find out all the information you need to know NOT just your pediatrician. The pediatrician is not a specialist with food allergies!

Ashley - posted on 04/18/2011

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Im sure it just depends on the child. Our pediatrician had us make a diary of everything my 18 mth old daughter was eating. We narrowed her allergic reactions down to both choc. and peanuts. Good luck.

Ashley - posted on 04/18/2011

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Im sure it just depends on the child. Our pediatrician had us make a diary of everything my 18 mth old daughter was eating. We narrowed her allergic reactions down to both choc. and peanuts. Good luck.

Ellen - posted on 02/09/2010

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Peanut allergy does not equal chocolate allergy - but I spend HOURS reading labels. And I always double check even if it is something I bought before. With hershey's even different sizes of the same bar can have different labeling because they are processed in different plants - some are peanut free, some are not. It is challenging, but not impossible. There is a good website for allergy-free candy - I think it is called the Natural Candy Store. The rule is to ALWAYS CHECK - and if in doubt - call or don't buy it.

Shannon - posted on 01/28/2010

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All you can do is read the packaging. Federal law requires the top 8 allergens (peanuts included) to be listed in bold in the allergy list. Read EVERYTHING you bring into your house. Don't assume b/c Hershey candybars were safe last time they will be this time. It is a very tedious job to read all of these labels, but sooo important. At some point, you have to trust that the manufacturers are following the laws and identifying any allergens. There are some great resources on the FANN website on how to read lablels. Unless your daughter has had a reaction to chocolate, it should be fine.

Sandra - posted on 01/21/2010

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I am fairly new to peanut allergies(my 18m old son is allergic) I haven't heard/read anything about a greater chance of a chocolate allergy I think it is mostly a cross contamination issue because of processing in same plants with peanuts like you said.

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