I haven't yet introduced myself - I have a daughter (Jenae) who is 1 years old (4/24/99). She was tested for allergies at 8 months - she's allergic to peanuts, milk, soy, eggs, and also has environmental allergies.
About a month ago we fed her ham and peas for dinner. She immediately wanted the food out of her mouth, her mouth began to swell and she began to have a hard time breathing (wheezing). We immediately administered the epi-pen and called 911. I assumed she was allergic to something in the ham (nitrates?).
Tonight I fed her peas (no ham) and her lip puffed up almost immediately and she developed a few hives. No breathing problems (thank-you God)!
I read in one our Allergy books (The Allergy Self-help Cookbook by Marjorie Hunt-Jones) that peas are in the same family of foods (legumes) as peanuts. The Legume family is made up of (according to Marjorie Hunt-Jones) alfalfa, bean (kidney, lentil, lima, mung, navy, pinto, soy, string), carob, guar gum, gum acacia, kudzo, licorice, pea (black-eyed, chick-pea, green), peanut.
I thought it was interesting that she had a moderate reaction to a food in the same family as peanuts... Has anyone else made this connection??
She eats green beans just fine (aren't those string beans?).
Thanks for any input... I appreciate it! Teresa