The members of the primary care team are responsible for educating caregivers on the signs and symptoms of peanut allergies and instructing them to seek medical attention for symptoms.
The clinician gives information to families regarding the introduction of peanut products at 6 months of age based on the infant's history of eczema and reviews with parents the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
The clinician should also help devise and provide the patient with a personalized action plan. The patient should be given a written plan to be used as a quick reference containing information on signs, symptoms, and initial treatment of anaphylaxis that emphasizes calling 911 first and foremost (Sicherer et al., 2017).
If a child is allergic to peanuts, the provider should also provide patients with information on peanut-containing foods (e.g., peanuts, cashews, mixed nuts, beer nuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, peanut flour, goobers, ground nuts) and the less-obvious sources of peanut products (e.g., Asian food, Mexican food, African food, baked food, candy, meat substitutes, marinades, and sauces; (Kids with Food Allergies, 2015).
J Pediatr Health Care. 2018;32(1):98-102. © 2018 Mosby, Inc.