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What are the chances?

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By Starshyne on Sun, 03-19-06, 03:25

Hello. I haven't posted in awhile, but have been lurking. My name is Sara and I have been PA since I was 1 year old and my mom gave me some peanut butter on toast. I am now 29 and haven't had a serious reaction in 8-9 years.

Anyhow, my husband and I are talking about starting a family. What are the chances that my child would also have the allergy?


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By McCobbre on Sun, 03-19-06, 04:41

You might want to read this recent thread:


[This message has been edited by McCobbre (edited March 18, 2006).]

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By jtolpin on Wed, 03-22-06, 10:42

My response is there, very appropriate.

Genetic, not specific.


[b]* Obsessed * [/b]

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By on Wed, 03-22-06, 15:22

Hi Sara,

I think a more important question is - would it be a deciding factor?

As for whether or not your child would be pa - it's still a roll of the dice.

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By Starshyne on Wed, 03-22-06, 23:19

Thank you for all of the information. It is all very interesting.

I think my mindset is that if I have a child that is not PA, then they will not be allowed to eat peanut butter because I am so allergic. Although my husband still eats it from time to time so perhaps the child could have it with Dad. But if I did have a chlid that was PA, I would be a good person to handle it because I have lived with it myself for so long.

So no, it wouldn't be a deciding factor at all. I was just curious if the chances were any higher since I am PA.


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By on Thu, 03-23-06, 18:14

Two of my kids were born before I developed PA. For a while we allowed pb in the house - but the son that was fanatical about eating, wasn't careful - so we were forced to not allow it in the house anymore more. What we did for him was, occasionally my husband would buy a loaf of bread and a jar of pb and bring it to our son's best friend's home - where he could eat to his little heart's content. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] He was old enough that he didn't regularly kiss mom - and if he had eaten pb he knew not to.

Our third was born after I developed my allergies. He doesn't miss what he's never had. He has occasionally tried it - when visiting his older brother or out with dad. He doesn't like it. In fact, he hates it so much that I thought it might be an allergy. Fortunately, it's not. (He likes the smarties choc. bar with pb) But, he would never eat a pb sandwich, or even peanuts. He just hates them.


Since I'm adult on-set I don't know if the odds are the same for my kids developing pa as they are for someone allergic since childhood. But, none of my kids has food allergies. They each have various allergies, which include: medicine, latex, mold, insects.

I'm glad it's not an *all encompassing* worry. Being concerned or curious - that's normal. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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