Allergic to Walnuts and Pecans, should we avoid Peanuts too?
I have a PA daughter (12), so we already avoid peanuts for her, we don't have any peanut products in our home.
I also have a 9 year old son who has always been fine with nuts (but allergic to eggs). Last week he had a reaction to a trail mix, so we took him for testing. He tested positive (class 1) to walnuts and pecans, but negative to many other nuts including peanuts. His doctor said that we shouldn't trust the negative result and to avoid all nuts.....fine in theory except that DS LOVES peanuts....we allow him to eat them at school and when he is not with DD....It's a huge deal to him and he has expressed frustrations around having to forgo peanuts at home, so I'm sure he will not be happy about giving up peanuts elsewhere too. Obviously we will do what we need to keep him safe, but I'm wondering if giving up all nuts is a bit of overkill?
She also gave him an anaphylaxis action plan and epi pens....even though he has never had a serious reaction....this reaction was an itchy throat and eyes....what do you think? I think part of my hesitation is that I know what it's like to do the 'epi-pen everywhere I go' with one child and I know how much work it is to tell everyone about the allergy.....and the thought of doing it for both of my children just makes me want to cry!
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