November Parents Magazine article on food allergies

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By Joanne on Wed, 10-20-99, 01:27

The November Parents Magazine has an article on food allergies that focuses in part on peanut allergy. The article states that some doctors advise not giving peanuts or tree nuts to children under 3, especially if there's a family history of allergies, and that some research suggests avoiding sensitive foods during pregnancy and nursing (cites the British study). It's good to see a mainstream parenting publication talking about these studies and addressing the seriousness of food allergies.

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By Donnamarie on Wed, 10-20-99, 20:55

I read that article, too, and was pleased to see that most of it was very accurate. In fact, they even quoted Dr. Robert Wood from Johns Hopkins University and Anne M?-Furlong from the Food Allergy Network, which means that the author really did some research. It's very funny though; the August issue of Parents Magazine had a brief peanut article in there, which I found very offensive. It basically said that people are panicking about peanut allergies, and you probably don't have one, and don't worry. There was no mention of contacting a doctor, or description of the symptoms, etc. In fact, i wrote the magazine a letter regarding the issue... SO it's GREAT to see them address the issue in a more positive light.

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By MO on Sun, 10-31-99, 20:07

Sometimes I just get so confused? I also
have brief periods where I am in denial about
Alex's PA! I always have my benadryl
and epi-pens and watch him like a hawk...
but when I read that some docs recommend
no peanuts until age three, i wonder, if my
son never got tested what would have happened. Once when he was about 1 yr I
picked him up from the floor and his right eyes was swollen and he had what looked like
3 tiny hives. I gave him benadryl thinking he might be allergic to my cat, took him to the doc...of course by the time we got there
he was symptoms free, the doc told me "he's to young to have hives anyway" So when he
had non stop URI's, ear infections, RSV, RAD
I insisted on RAST + for eggs, peanut, soy,
mold, dust, cat, dog. Age 18 months, had
skin test + peanut, egg, mold, cat? Diagnosed with an IGA deficiency (which one
doc told me was horrible, two others poo-pooed it saying "it means nothing in a child whose immune system is immature"? As far as I know he NEVER ate peanut butter or
peanuts. I did breast feed and ate pb alot,
and chinese food. He is in day care (they are great). So he's NEVER had hives again,
Never had any scarey reactions. Still has
runny nose, ezcema on occasion but I wonder
(hope) if he might not really be PA? Okay I'll stop rambling. Since the the only people who can relate to my anxieties and
confusion are other PA parents, I needed to
get this out. Thansk for listening!

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By Donnamarie on Wed, 11-10-99, 00:32

After reading your letter, I wasn't quite clear on the results of your allergy tests. It sounds as if your child tested positive on peanuts for both the RAST and the skin prick test? if that is the case, you need to know what the level of his allergies were. Typically, the results will be classified on a scale of 0-4 (my son is 4++) or a scale of 0-6 (My son is 6++). Or the results will be listed in a specific number. I would highly recommend keeping your son away from peanuts---and if your doctor gave you an epi-pen, he/she must be pretty certain that there is a pretty severe allergy. It is possible that your son could have been exposed to peanuts, and you just didn't know it (if you had pb when you were pregnant, or it could have been a "natural flavor" in any food). Could you provide more information so we could help you out? You should definitely make an appointment with an allergist right away---you need to know what's going on---at least for your own sanity!! Good luck! And please keep us informed.

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By Donna on Sun, 12-12-99, 21:49

I would like to see a copy of this article if anyone still has it. A person named Kelly from this board was in contact with me about an article and I sent her a great deal of research in August. I wonder if it was used in this article.
Thanks
Donna

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