cause of peanut allergy

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By teddi99 on Fri, 08-31-07, 01:42

I was saying last night that my mom would blame me for my sons peanut allergy because he started taking ADHD meds when he was around 9...and she brought it up today!!

Does anyone elses child take ADHD meds?
it's not an easy decission but sometimes you have to weigh out the risks & benefits so the child doesn't suffer.

Do you think that could have weakened his immune system & caused this alergy?

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By Corvallis Mom on Fri, 08-31-07, 01:47

[i]Yeah. Uhhhh-HUH.[/i]

Well, it certainly doesn't explain how [i]most[/i] of the members here ended up with peanut allergic toddlers.

(I am pretty confident when I say that few, if any, of [i]us[/i] were medicating our babies and toddlers.)

You didn't do anything 'wrong' by following well-considered [i]medical advice[/i] to medicate a neurochemical problem.

It always seems like family, in particular, has trouble accepting the "Stuff happens" theory of severe food allergies... or worse, the 'bad genes' explanation that clearly seems correct in our family. Nooooooo-- gotta find something 'we' did [i]wrong.[/i] Even if it's quite a stretch.

You didn't 'cause' this any more than the rest of us did.

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By abigailsmoma on Fri, 08-31-07, 02:41

I am Sorry! It hurts when someone you love says something like that. Just a couple of days ago a family member told my DH that she wasn't feeding her baby solid food until the Dr. gave her the ok. The Dr. is supposed to give her the ok after her son is around 4months or so. I was informed that feeding them solid food before 4 months is what causes food allergies! People just don't think about what they say. It still hurt though. I send you hugs & Strength to ignore silly comments!

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By Christabelle on Fri, 08-31-07, 06:57

I, also, was told by my allergist to delay giving solid foods. Solid foods before 4 months is a big no-no in general, isn't it?
My mom is also opposed to ADHD drugs, but then, so am I for other reasons - I think they are generally teacher-driven because it's easier for them to drug up junior than control him or keep him from being bored and acting out. I would throw a hissy if they tried to medicate my child!
I've never heard the ADHD drug connection to peanut allergies, though. Where is that coming from?

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By solarflare on Fri, 08-31-07, 14:15

None of my kids have ever had ADHD meds... and 2 of the 4 have food allergies.

If my mom told me that nonsense, I'd laugh at her.

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By Greenlady on Fri, 08-31-07, 14:26

Sounds silly to me - are ADHD medications linked to weakened immune systems? If so, the link to food allergies doesn't make any sense - food allergies are a symptom of the opposite problem - overactive immune systems.

I think you should let your mom know that judgemental grandparents are the REAL cause of PA.

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By Lindajo on Fri, 08-31-07, 15:14

Everytime I hear of a theory of how our kids ended up with PA, I perk up my ears. Then, it seems to not pertain to my DD. She never was BF, didn't have any medications in the first year before PA, and she was so lazy, she didn't start solids 'solidly' until around 6.5 months. Maybe that's her problem, that her system didn't get used to the foods over a longer period of time.

I asked her allergist so many questions when she was first diagnosed and his response was that no matter what you did in that first year, she was predisposed to PA and the only way to find out was to give her the PB.

It's bad enough when other people don't get it, but when your own Mom blames you for what you did, that hurts. Then I guess I should blame myself because I gave my DD PB which caused her to go into anaphylaxis. Talk about a guilt trip!

Everybody is grasping for an answer to 'why' people have PA.

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By chanda4 on Fri, 08-31-07, 16:11

Personally, I don't think anything *we do* gives our children allergies...JMHO. I breastfed all my kids, started solids at different ages(between 6-9mths).....I did some things the same and some things differently, yet ALL my kids have food allergies. I think it was just a bad mix of genes between hubby and I and there was nothing *we* could do(other then NOT having children)to avoid it. The *older* relations in our family are always looking to *blame* someone...it is what it is and honestly(IMO) it's probably environmental just as much as gene related anyways!!! We culd spend our lifetime wondering *what* caused allergies in our children(many scientists do already)....but no one is any closer to figuring it out as it is. So IMHO I woudn't even consider ADHD meds as the culprit....my 4 have never taken any at least [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

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Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

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Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses,

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By abigailsmoma on Fri, 08-31-07, 18:22

We actually had to give her solids early because she couldn't hold anything down. We had tried everything. I didn't know it was a big NO NO. Turns out it saved her life though. Soy was making her sick!!! I guess we do what we have to do to take care of our kids regardless of what everone else thinks. My feeding her did not cause her allergy. She was born with it.

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By jmarcustry on Sat, 09-01-07, 23:27

ok i can interject here, my dd was diagnosed with pa at age 3 and a half. she has adhd. started taking medication for it at age 8. no connection to her allergy. adhd meds do not cause food allergies. it does not weaken the immune system at all. dd is very healthy outside of the pa. never had a problem with her meds, nor has it caused a problem for her health wise either. im sorry that you were hurt by the remarks that were made by family memebers. sometimes people think they know everything about something they hardly know anything about.. and sometimes people are afraid of what they dont know..so just anything will shoot out of their mouths kwim?

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By MimiM on Sun, 09-02-07, 00:21

Quote:Originally posted by Christabelle:
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My mom is also opposed to ADHD drugs, but then, so am I for other reasons - I think they are generally teacher-driven because it's easier for them to drug up junior than control him or keep him from being bored and acting out. I would throw a hissy if they tried to medicate my child!
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Please try not to judge people who choose to medicate their kids who have ADHD. ADHD is not necessarily about "acting out". For my son, it manifests with difficulty in being able to focus on certain activities because he is busy hyperfocusing on others. It is about not being able to take a second to think about actions before engaging in them, as well as some other behaviors that can be socially detrimental. It's not like he has these behaviors because he is oppositional or defiant and he doesn't like not being able to have control at times. Taking medication makes a world of difference for my son. I can see the difference and so can he.

You may not want medication for your child but maybe your child simply does not need it...Mine does.

[This message has been edited by MimiM (edited September 01, 2007).]

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By chanda4 on Sun, 09-02-07, 00:21

I'm going to second the *my kids were born with it* and leave it at that. I know my last 2 kiddos even had hives within a few hours of being born even...so their allergies were kick started right off the bat.

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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses,

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By jmarcustry on Sun, 09-02-07, 00:49

Originally posted by Christabelle:

My mom is also opposed to ADHD drugs, but then, so am I for other reasons - I think they are generally teacher-driven because it's easier for them to drug up junior than control him or keep him from being bored and acting out. I would throw a hissy if they tried to medicate my child!

i missed this...i didnt chose to "drug" my child either. her teachers didnt choose to drug her either. i thought long hard and analized evrything i could before her pediatrician, her neuro and therapist and i all agreed that medication would help her not harm her. i can control my child off medication, but in school she could not focused, was compeletly distracted, impulsive and could not sit for a minute without having to get up,(thus doing this disrupted her class and her learning)..she is a sweet fun loving child. extremely implusive off the meds. she has done completely wonderful on her meds. she was not bored, and was not acting out at home or in class. she just couldnt keep focused on anything. we had her tested after much urging from her pediatrician(when she having a physical she couldnt sit still for a second, he was asking her question and she couldnt even stay on task to asnwer him). she feels so in control of herself and she said she doesnt feel like jumpng out of her skin anymore. and her grades have improved so much in school and her self esteem as well. so please dont judge us parents of kids who have add/adhd that we "drug" up our kids..because in most instances that is not the case, we are helping our children lead very productive lives with a conditon that they never asked for.

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in loving memory, pooh-bear. september 3,2006 to september 3,2007. we miss you so much.

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By Moni on Sun, 09-02-07, 01:25

Well I have been PA my whole life and I have never been on ADHD meds.

I have no idea why I have this allergy, I think the reason is that I inherited my allergy, as my grandmother (93yrs) is allergic to grapes, LOL although if I take her to the Dr or hospital (it's the same conversation EVERY time, different doctor same conversation) and they ask her if she has any allergies she says "NO", then I say to the Dr "she is allergic to grapes", she looks at me and says "don't be ridiculous, I'm not allergic to grapes", the Drs always then say to her "what happens when you eat grapes" she says "my tongue swells, oh it swells so much I cant breathe, its terrible, but I'm not allergic to them they just make my tongue swell", it is so funny.

The reason and cause of my allergy will never be known as with every body here (and everybodies children), I think mine is hereidtary but then luckily I have had my son tested and he does not have any allergies and my brother does not have allergies and my dad and aunts do not have allergies so they didnt inherite them from my grandmother (their mother), so who knows and honestly it really doesn't matter. I have this allergy and seriously as I have had it my whole life it really does not worry me. I think it is very very stressful for parents and adults who develop it later in life more so than the adults who have grown up with it and know no different and over so many years learn to avoid their allergy almost like second nature.
Reading these boards and seeing what the parents with FA children go through and I see the stress and constant worry that my parents obviously went through, when as a child I had no idea about the amount of stress and worry this allergy gave them, keeping me safe and helping me be where I am today must have been a huge job, an unbelieveably worrying and stressful job, but whatever they did and just like all of you with your children now, they were paving the way for me once I reached adulthood and have made it so I was prepared to manage the allergy so well myself.

Moni

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By teddi99 on Sun, 09-02-07, 20:19

interesting comments & thank you.

First I just want to say that nobody WANTS to put their kids on drugs. My son was diagnosed with ADHD & ODD by the age of 2 & was perscribed drugs at that young age but not given the drugs until around age 8-9 as he was becomming suicidal & his self esteem was suffering. ADHD is not a make beleive disease or bad parenting either. It's a miracle that he was even born so I chalk the disorders up to long exposure of meds during pregnancy, bad delivery & genes.

I have to admit that before my son was diagnosed with PA I sort of beleived that *those* parents must have done something to cause this allergy in their kids.

My appologies for being ignorant & judgemental.

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By on Mon, 09-03-07, 05:21

****WARNING: SARCASTIC REMARKS FOLLOW****

I'm now seeing a pattern. PA must cause ADHD.

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Serious question now. Do ADHD meds lower the immune system? I know of some side effects, but I don't recall hearing that. (None of my kids has ADHD so I've never had to make the decision whether or not to medicate, and therefore I've never really looked into the meds that much. But, I'm just curious.)

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By joeybeth on Mon, 09-03-07, 05:46

MiniM:

i have a nephew who was struggling in school and having behavior issues as well. once he was put on medication, he began to enjoy school and his behavior changed so much. according to my sil (they live far away from us), he was so happy to have found something to help him that he reminded her daily not to forget his meds. for him, it was a godsend.

there is a child in our school district i had the opportunity to "teach" as a sub in his classroom a couple of years ago. he was literally unmanageable. from the moment he entered the classroom, he was "on stage" and felt the need to perform and act out all day long. he spent a lot of his time in trouble, a lot of it in the office (and this was just KINDERGARTEN, for heavens sake), and never had a good day at school that i heard of.

toward the end of kindergarten, or maybe at the beginning of 1st grade, the parents agreed to look into medication for their son. i was talking to his new 1st grade teacher on recess one day and asked how he was doing. she said he was doing great and that he was a very good student. (this is the same kid who stood on desktops and screamed at the top of his lungs before, stole from classmates, hit classmates, disrupted class all day long, etc). according to her, this boy was now getting along just fine at school. in addition, i saw him playing at recess with a group of other boys (he was ostracized before) and he seemed so much happier. i believe meds were a godsend for him too.

i'm not sure medication is the answer for everyone, but it sure does seem to be a blessing for some.

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By stella on Mon, 09-03-07, 23:11

Teddi,

I read (well skimmed) through a book a few months ago called The 4A Disorders. The author links autism, allergies, ADHD, and asthma, saying that they are all connected. According to the author, the primary factor in these diseases is increased toxification in our environment (hormones in food, antibiotic use, pollution, chemicals etc). So according to him, children who have one of the disorders are more prone to getting another one. He also mentioned that a high proportion of children with autism have food allergies.

By the way, I'm not at all endorsing what he is saying. However, it is interesting that he links the two disorders that you mention in this post.

[This message has been edited by stella (edited September 03, 2007).]

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By M. Mariano on Tue, 09-04-07, 02:37

Hi- First of all sorry to hear of the issues w/ your son. We all face our own specific challenges, and it sounds like you've had your work as a mother cut out for you over the last 8 or so years. I'm sure you will continue to support your son by seeking multiple perspectives, after all that's why you came here. He is very lucky to have a mother like you.- God Bless.
So, ADHD meds. the cause of allergies- WHATEVER... of course there will always be theories, and I do believe some of the conditions mentioned in the response above mine can be linked, but I did not believe that was your question. Was the cause of the allergies something to do with the meds.? No- at least it wasnt for us. Family is good at diagnosing things, in fact, my husband always says jokingly, "I didn't know I married into a family of Dr.'s". He says that because many of my family members self diagnose themselves and others. My grandma says the cause of my DD allergies is that I stopped breastfeeding at 8mo. and I needed to BF at least for a year. Some of my Aunts agree and shame me for this. Whatever. Just as in your situation. Whatever. Everyone has their own theories, especially family. Only science can prove the real reasons and even at that. no one has quite figured in out yet. Until they do, we all lose sleep thinking about what it might be and will it get better. Good Luck. MIndy

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By SFMom on Tue, 09-04-07, 05:23

Neither of my kids had taken any sort of meds or were diagnosed with any sort of conditions when we discovered that they had food allergies.

I believe that it is genetic and there is nothing we can do to prevent it.

Perhaps you can tell your relatives that genes passed on FROM THEM caused your kids food allergies. That would shut them up!

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