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    I am pregnant and allergic to nuts, will this be passed on to my baby?

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    I have been a paediatric registered nurse for over twenty years. I am trained asthma educator, early childhood nurse and currently work in the area … View Profile

    No it is not a given that your child will develop nut allergies, there is a familial link with allergies but it is not at all predictive that your child will have the same allergies you have, and your child may have no allergies at all.
    You will need to wait and see what happens once your child start eating foods. If your child shows no allergic signs or symptoms when foods are introduced in their diets then continue to give them these foods. The best thing you can do for your child is to breastfeed them exclusively for the first 4-6 months then introduce foods. If you are concerned, you can seek help from a paediatrician or paediatric allergy specialist. You can also find advice about introducing solid foods to infants at the ASCIA website www.allergy.org.au. I hope this helps. 

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