Anaphlaxsis from Royal Hearth Bread

Posted on: Sat, 03/08/2003 - 6:18am
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I try so hard to read labels and we have a pretty small selection of foods that are safe in our nut free house as we have two possibly three pa children. Yet this week we decide to try a new brand of bread that has more fiber and protien per slice. The company, Royal Hearth of the H and S Baking co. in Balto. Md., state they are a nut free facility. We ate a loaf of the 100% Whole Wheat last week with no problems. Opened a new loaf of the exact same bread yesterday. Gave a sandwich to dd pa with the bread and her usual cheese and pickles. she decided she wanted ham too. I was excited as she rarely eats any meat. ham was the only thing different. She had a pretty bad react. Instant doubled over stomach cramps. Treated that with pepto. We left for our errands. Then, en route, she said she had boogers running down her throat. Now I know we are moving into a reaction and not just a tummy ache. She is now itching her nose. Give benedryl wait 30 min. and she says she feels better. We procede with shopping trip as we are a good distance from home. I kept watching as we got the stroller ready ect. She looked and sounded fine. she got sleepy in the stroller. I figured it was from the benedryl. We shopped for a while before I had her get out of the stroller to try on shoes. I instantly knew something was wrong. She face looked very puffy and red. It looked like her cheeks were suddenly fat for lack of a better description. Then as she spoke to me her voice was slurred and thick. We went racing to the car at the other end of the parking lot for the Prednisone. Like an idiot I had left it in the car! The swelling subsided but it took an hour and ten minutes! Her breathing never seemed comprimised so I did not resort to the epi.

The lenghty story gets worse. We gue4ssed, incorectly,that the reaction was from the ham. They all three had a piece of toast from the new loaf of the above mentioned bread this morning. the 2 kids with pa had reactions. Dd who is more sensitive had same reaction as day before except it happened much quicker after eating the bread. Ds had less severe reaction. Again this time benedryl and prednisone worked and faster actually. Mabey since I caught it sooner? Baby made me nervous too. He didn't eat much of the toast for breakfast. But after refusing lunch too. I wonder if his throat felt sore too? We do not know if he is pa yet. I really HATE this!! I try so hard to be SAFE! Of course the factory had told me they are nut free. We must need further food testing as I post reactions about once a week lately. Does any one know if imunotherapy can aggrivate food allergies? Any advice positive or negative is welcome to this tremendously lengthy post. Thanks, Melody

Posted on: Sat, 03/08/2003 - 7:03am
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McMelon,
Did the manufacture address only nuts? Remember that peanuts are not nuts. Did you ask them about Peanut contamination?
Wish I could be of some help to you instead of asking you questions [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Sat, 03/08/2003 - 8:52am
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Sorry to hear about this!
If you are experiencing reactions once a week I definitely think you should have more allergy testing done. When someone has a reaction to bread (especially from a nut-free plant) I immediately suspect sesame. My son is allergic to sesame and has reacted to bread on several occasions, probably from sesame cross-contamination.
Good luck, I hope you find out what it was.

Posted on: Sat, 03/08/2003 - 11:46pm
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Sue, thank you for your reply. Yes I started the convesation explaining my children were pa. They said no peanuts or nuts.
Sandra, That is a good idea about the sesame seeds. I feel like further testing needs to be done. I am afraid to go anywhere with the way the kids have been lately. Our families miss seeing us. For right now they will just have to come to us. I will call the allergist monday. Thank you for the advice, melody

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 9:10am
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Sandra thought sesame, and I thought soya.
Most breads have soya, or are exposed to soya. Plus soya and peanuts are in the same family, in case you didn't know.
Best of luck

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 9:56am
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Sorry to hear about those reactions. I too would say have some more testing done.
I have a suggestion. IS it possible for you to get a bread machine and make your own bread? I have one and love it! My PA dd loves helping put the ingredients in, and watching it mix and bake thru the little window. There are so many bread books out now, and so many great recipes for home made bread.
Nancy

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 12:53pm
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Sandra Y - I recently learned that my son is allergic to sesame also as indicated by RAST not by actual reaction. We have not had a problem with any breads, but am curious which breads did cause a reaction from sesame???
We generally eat the Pepperidge Farm white breads (several kinds), Vermont bread (wheat or white), wonder bread, Thomas' English muffins, Middle East Joseph's pita...

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 11:16pm
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darthcleo, thank you, no, I have never heard about soya. I thought that was related to soybean which they are not allergic to. just checked no soya either. I will keep an eye out for that in future label reading expeditions.
Vegan67, thank you, yes, we do have a bread maker. I need to leave it on the counter and get into the habit of making it everyday. A fresh loaf gets gobbled up here in a minute.
After the kids allergy shots yesterday, dd had another reaction an hour later. We rushed back over to dr. office. Good news - they squeezed us in for appt tomorrow instead of the end of may due to the recent reactions. I hope he recommends more food testing. Thanks again for the advice everyone! melody

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2003 - 1:54am
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kstreeter-
I don't know what brand it was. Twice he had hives after eating whole wheat bread. It was not a really bad reaction--just hives on arms and chest, and went away quickly with Benedryl. I know it was not Pepperidge Farms.
The bread he ate was not labeled for sesame, but when I went to the store and looked at their other varieties, they had sesame seeds in several of them. After that I switched him to Wonder bread white. Yuck, but I just felt it was probably safer. Now that I know Pepperidge Farms wheat is OK, I would like to switch him but he has other ideas. He is so hooked on that gooey white bread it isn't even funny. What's really bad is I couldn't give him Wonder and force my non-PA daughter to continue eating the whole wheat so now she's on Wonder too. Uggh.
Did you see the article I posted over in MD about sesame allergy? I have found sesame easier to avoid than peanuts, but I am noticing more and more breads being labeled for sesame cross-contamination.

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2003 - 8:42am
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Quote:Originally posted by McMelon:
[b]darthcleo, thank you, no, I have never heard about soya. I thought that was related to soybean which they are not allergic to. just checked no soya either. I will keep an eye out for that in future label reading expeditions.[/b]
Sorry, probably a bad translation from my part. In French, Soy is Soya, and I just keep mixing the two of them... Chalk it up to living in a bilingual place! :-)

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2003 - 11:29am
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Sandra Y- My kids were locked into wonder bread for a while too, but they readily transferred to Pepperidge Farm Canadian White. It's at least got some substance to it.
I tried to access the sesame info when I first saw it, but couldn't for some reason??? Now I can't find it...

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