Oh, I am so excited. We tested my almost 2 yr old Wed. & she tested negative to all of aidan's food allergies. She does have environmental allergies. We put her on zyrtec & a nose spray & started the allergy shots. They are pretty bad, but not as extreme as her brother's. I still don't think I could give her peanuts though. They are not a part of our lives anymore.
But my anxiety level has dropped b/c we are registering her for preschool.
My question is how do you handle siblings when one is - & one is + to pa(allergies general)? Up until now I treated dd like she was pa. Anyway, we are very grateful she has none.
Take care all, mandi
On Feb 18, 2005
First, CONGRATS [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] on your news about your dd.
Right now, we treat my ds without allergies like he has them. We may sneak him something with milk or egg when his brother's not around, but nothing with nuts. Our allergist recommended we hold off on anything with nuts until he's at least 3.
For us, since they're the same age and constantly together, we feel the risk is too great for him to eat anything his brother's allergic to around him. However, I do feel guilty limiting his diet so much and wondering if he's getting the right nutrition...
As far as school goes, if I were you, I think I would still want her to avoid nuts for a few years. But, this is just my feeling. The only doctor's advice I have is to wait until at least 3.
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Meg, mom to: Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA Sean 2 yrs. NKA
On Feb 18, 2005
I worry about this for ds. He will go to the preschool dd did, which is peanut/tree nut free. However, how can you test for an allergy if there has been no exposure? Many of us who have the first child with the allergy(ies) do not expose sibs to peanuts, etc.... So is the testing reliable for PA, then?
Our allergist said to keep ds away from PN, TN and shellfish until age 5 regardless. So, I bet he would not test for anything before then unless we has symptoms. I worry about preschool, which is 2+ years away, anyway!
On Feb 19, 2005
On a related note...my ds is PA. My dd will be two later this year, and will be starting preschool in the fall. I asked ds's allergist about testing dd for PA before she starts school (just so I know...I'd hate for her first reaction to be at school). He did not want to actually test, as he said they often give false positives. He suggested we just give her a pea-sized taste of PB, and observe. Thoughts or opinions on this, please?
On Feb 19, 2005
My older child is PA. My younger child will turn three this April. We have been keeping him away from sesame seeds, seafood and all nuts as a precaution. We will try sesame seeds after his birthday but I am waiting until he is four to try nuts. At daycare, we have told them that although he's not "allergic", he's not "not allergic" since he could still potentially aquire the allergy and is considered high risk as a sibling. He's basically treated as though he has a peanut allergy and will be until we know for sure otherwise. Not till age four for us! Not worth the chance.
Dr. Wood said to me to avoid until "at least age 3 although 3 1/2 is better and at age 4, developing a peanut allergy is almost unheard of".
On Feb 20, 2005
Good point about not being exposed to the allergies. My dh & I wanted her tested b/c we wanted her to go to school and wanted to know if we needed to be pa prepared. I am going to ask the doc about the pea size pb maybe in the office. Then again, I don't know if they allow food in the office. We'll have to see. Atleast tbe director that is in charge of preschool has a pa niece. Makes my nerves a little less frazzled. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Take care, Mandi