Are any of you adults with PA who have children?

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By andreandanne on Thu, 06-04-09, 23:52

I have a peanut allergy, as well as tree nuts, shellfish, and seafood. My DD is 4.5 and has never had any of these things in great quantities. She's never had seafood or shellfish and most nuts--she's had 1 exposure to peanuts (a PB cracker) and 1 exposure to hazelnuts (in a cookie). Neither resulted in a reaction.

Now she's getting ready for K and I have to introduce them to her so we can know if she's allergic or not... but the thought of doing so brings me into a panic. What if she has a reaction?

My allergist said she would blood test her if I wanted... but still it wouldn't be a great picture if she's had no known exposures.

So if you have PA or FAs and you have children, when did you introduce the things you are allergic to to them? How did you do it? Were you nervous at all?

This is really weighing on my heart. I know I can't live in fear, and I don't want to teach my daughter that... but I want to protect her from harm and in my mind, the things I'm allergic to = harm.

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By BestAllergySites on Fri, 06-05-09, 00:01

andreandanne-I can see this is of great concern for you.

I do not have peanut allergy-my oldest son does-but we went through exactly what you are going through recently with his younger brother.

We had been avoiding the foods son1 is allergic to and so son2 had never had peanut products.

We then learned that by avoiding for son2-we could in fact potentially cause an allergy for him later in life.

We also saw the potential for trouble down the road if he was at a friend's house or accidentally had peanuts somewhere or in Kindergarten like your daughter.

Son2 has never shown any allergy tendencies. But we did a skin prick test anyways. It came up very mildly positive. We did a rast which was completely negative. We gave him peanuts-and he was fine.

Honestly-before all of this, I just couldn't wait and gave him a small amount of peanuts just to see. He didn't have a reaction. I went through with the testing just to be sure. And yes, I was nervous with son1's epi pen on hand.

Keep in mind that your daughter "may" have had peanut exposure depending on how safe you've been with her food. It could be as simple as the ice cream store using the same scoop and not washing it before scooping her ice cream-or eating items that are manufactured in the same facility as peanut products.

You could always ask your allergist for a food challenge for your daughter-where they will give her small doses of peanut in a hospital setting.

Trust your gut and do what feels right. Moms and dads always know what's best!

Good luck-any other questions feel free to ask.

Ruth

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Disclaimer: I'm a food allergy advocate and mom of a food allergic child. I am NOT an allergist. My comments are based on my research and experiences. Please speak to your doctor regarding medical concerns.

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By cats4me on Fri, 06-05-09, 00:57

I am the only one in my family with food allergies.
My children have never had any sort of reaction, but then, I never had a food allergy until I was almost 50 years old!

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By Bella on Thu, 09-17-09, 22:30

Hello, I have been allergic to peanuts my whole life...I got tested when I was 2 because I had asthma. I have a 18 month old girl, who we just got tested for peanuts, which came back negetive! thank godness. I still worry though, I think as a parent you will always worry. We have a peanut and nut free house as I would never give my girl peanut or nuts because of my own allergy. You should get you kid tested if you are scared and will worry when they are in school. Good luck!

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By seti on Mon, 08-30-10, 02:20

I do worry about that, as well as every other thing my mind can possibly dream up. I didn't develop food allergies (shellfish and peanut) until I was in my 30s. Only one of my older kids liked peanut butter anyway and she is happy with soy nut butter. My youngest already showed signs of lactose intolerance and cillin allergy as an infant so I'm terrified of giving him anything and especially, new foods.

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By Mach5AR on Sun, 11-21-10, 00:16

I have been allergic to peanuts, among many other things, since childhood and now have twin boys both with multiple food allergies the worst being to peanuts. We all have the inhalation allergy in addition to contact and ingestion.

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By pasta514 on Sun, 07-24-11, 06:09

I have severe PA, and other lesser nut and food allergies, and three kids, the youngest in middle school. We did the testing, but our allergist told us the only way to be sure was through multiple food challenges. Please consult your doctor on how to do this safely. Fortunately, none of my kids have any food allergies (nor does my wife.)

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By Echo27 on Thu, 08-18-11, 19:55

This is terrifying. My son is 18 months old and I have never given him anything with nuts (he did have a mild reaction - vomiting - when I gave him eggs). I always thought he'd reach a certain age and we'd just do a blood test and find out. Now it seems I could be making any potential reaction worse by not introducing nuts! Ugh...guess I will see a pediatric allergist sooner rather than later.

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By JenEmm on Sun, 10-09-11, 04:29

I have a severe allergy to peanuts. My 2 year old son was tested with the Immupro test a few months ago, and he is negative to tree nuts and peanuts. I'm still terrified to introduce nuts/peanuts! I put almond milk in my cart at the grocery store the other day, and changed my mind at the cash! I know we should do it asap. The plan is to go to the park near the Children's Hospital in our city (just in case) and do it there. We will start with almond milk, then nutella, then cashew butter, then peanut butter. Not sure how we will introduce Peanuts because I obviously can't be around.

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By JenEmm on Sun, 10-09-11, 04:30

I have a severe allergy to peanuts. My 2 year old son was tested with the Immupro test a few months ago, and he is negative to tree nuts and peanuts. I'm still terrified to introduce nuts/peanuts! I put almond milk in my cart at the grocery store the other day, and changed my mind at the cash! I know we should do it asap. The plan is to go to the park near the Children's Hospital in our city (just in case) and do it there. We will start with almond milk, then nutella, then cashew butter, then peanut butter. Not sure how we will introduce Peanuts because I obviously can't be around.

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Jen

www.theallergicmom.blogspot.com

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By Saralinda on Sun, 09-30-12, 02:23

My 3 sisters and I all have peanut allergies. My 4 children do not. My niece is not allergic, but my nephew is allergic, but not to peanuts, just tree nuts. So 4 moms with 6 kids and only one with allergy.

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