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Advice for nut avoidance

Essential information for children with nut allergies

Your child must avoid all nuts completely.

Always check the labels on foods, or ask if a product contains nut or unrefined nut oils. Nuts can be hidden in foods, food labels may not always be specific for example; ‘Arachis nut’ and ‘ground nut’ means peanut.

If in any doubt about a food do not eat it.

If a nut is accidentally ingested, encourage your child to spit it out, do not allow them to swallow.

If your child has a reaction, check your treatment plan, which will have been given to you. You should always carry your treatment plan and pack in case of an emergency.

Foods containing nuts

Be aware of the following foods:

  • Indian, Chinese, Malaysian or Indonesian foods may use nuts or nut oils. Always ask first.
  • Chocolates and toffees, including Roses, Celebrations, Heroes, and Quality Streets may contain nut or nut flavourings. Remember that ‘praline’ is nut paste
  • Chocolate bars such as Fruit and Nut or Whole nut and so on
  • Cakes, biscuits and some desserts may contain nut traces or oils. Remember marzipan is almond paste
  • Pre-prepared pastries may contain some nut oils
  • Popcorn may be cooked in or coated with nut oils
  • Ice-cream or ice-cream cones may also contain nuts or nut traces
  • Breakfast cereals may contain hidden nuts, check all labelling
  • Salad dressings and cooking sauces may contain nut oils
  • Many vegetarian foods may be nut-based

Always check the label

Non–food sources of nuts

  • Some lipsticks or lip balms may contain nut oils. Always ask or check the labelling
  • Sharing drinks from cans or bottles and kissing a person who has just eaten peanuts may cause reactions due to traces of nut on the lips or saliva.

This list does not cover all sources of nuts.

For further advice, please contact the ‘Anaphylaxis Campaign’ or ‘Allergy UK’ who can provide suitable leaflets.

Supermarket telephone numbers for nut-free product lists

  • Waitrose: 0800 188 884
  • Tesco: 0800 323 4040
  • Asda: 0800 952 0101
  • Sainsbury’s: 0800 636 262

Contact us

Further contacts

Allergy nurses: 0114 2267872

Further information can be found:

Allergy UK: Tel: 01322 619898  www.allergyuk.org

Asthma UK : Tel: 01322 619898 www.asthma.org.uk

The Anaphylaxis Campaign: Tel: 01252 542029 www.anaphylaxis.org.uk


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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: ALG19

Resource Type: Article

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