5 month old with new PA

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Hello everyone

I am a mom to a 5 month old who was DX with peanut allergy and milk allergy this week. He is breastfed also. I was wondering what does this mean as far as what I can eat, can he be around peanuts? What about his sisters? Can they be around peanuts? They both go to preschool and could be exposed there. We are vacationing soon, what does this mean for us? Airports, Disney, dining out? How do I know how allergic he is? I mean the kid is only 5 months old. At this point since he is only BF, food really isn't an issue. He does get some rice cereal and has had bananas, he did fine with that. His first reaction was actually to rice cereal with formula added. He had a bad reation to that, the first ingrediant is NONFAT MILK. So we had the skin test done and he tested positive for milk and peanuts. I am so confused right now, can anyone tell me where to begin?

------------------ Deanna Mom to Grace Sarah and Jack (PA)

On Apr 5, 2003

Welcome Deanna272

My first thought is to not eat peanuts or Peanut butter since you breast feed.

If the other kids do eat PB or Peanuts have then wash ther hands and brush there teeth right after they have finished eating.

Read,read.read lables and these threads.

There are a lot of good people on this site that have been thur a lot and are more then willing to help,just ask.

Does the little one have a Epi-Pen and Medic- alert braclet?

There are some good books on this site as well.

Look forward to seeing you around!

Love this site Synthia

On Apr 5, 2003

[quote]Originally posted by synthia: [B]Welcome Deanna272

My first thought is to not eat peanuts or Peanut butter since you breast feed.

If the other kids do eat PB or Peanuts have then wash ther hands and brush there teeth right after they have finished eating.

Read,read.read lables and these threads.

There are a lot of good people on this site that have been thur a lot and are more then willing to help,just ask.

Does the little one have a Epi-Pen and Medic- alert braclet?

Thanks for the reply. Yes he does have a epi-pen and he does not have the bracelet yet, are there ones for infants? Does he need one?

------------------ Deanna Mom to Grace Sarah and Jack (PA)

On Apr 5, 2003

Welcome Deanna272,

At 5 months old, I would say that a bracelet is not needed, but that is just my opinion. But I do think that getting a bracelet while they are young is very important. That way they are use to it and it won't be a struggle to keep it on them as they get older.

We learned of our daughter's PA when she was 11 months old. We got her a bracelet a few months ago (she recently turned 2) and she has not taken it off since.

I'm glad you found this site. I don't post here much, but read all the time. The information found here is wonderful.

- Sarah

On Apr 6, 2003

welcome, it is an advantage to know your sons allergies so early. You have the time to get a grip on all allergy info etc while you still have great control over his diet. Its great that you are breastfeeding, I am sure that excluding the offening foods from your diet will help your son. ( although it will be hard at first.) I am sure that if you want to add other 'milk' type food to his diet( ie rice milk) as he grows older things will get easier. I breast fed my allergic son until he was about 18months, and once I stopped his eczema improved, I suspected it would, but still thought that the comfort of breastfeeding for william was important, not to mention the benifits of protecting him from other child hood illness as he was underweight . Read as much as you can about food allergy , and ask any question , no matter how odd it may sound on this web site, and we will reply. sarah

On Apr 6, 2003

So sorry about your baby's allergies. It does take time to adjust, but you will learn to cope. I agree with the other posts, that reading labels and avoiding consumption of peanuts and milk while breastfeeding is important. I would also avoid eating tree nuts and shellfish while breastfeeding as these are highly allergenic foods, too, but you may want to discuss this with the baby's allergist. You also might want to avoid peas (as a baby food) as these are closely related to peanuts.

My first son has nut allergies. My second was diagnosed as allergic to milk, eggs, and wheat at 7 months. He was breastfed until two years, during which I eliminated those foods from my diet; it was difficult, but worth it.

As for travel, airlines handle peanut allergies differently. You can call the airline (or do a search here) and find out their policies. We usually wipe down our PA son's sitting area and feed him only foods brought from home. Restaurants for a baby, hmmm. Make sure the high chairs are thoroughly wiped down before he sits in them-all food surfaces and anywhere his skin may touch. These are just a few things I would do.

Welcome to this site.

On Apr 6, 2003

Thanks to everyone who has responded. What a great support network here. Its so nice to know I am not alone in this "new Adventure". Again thanks so much.

------------------ Deanna Mom to Grace Sarah and Jack (PA)

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