Any of you dealing with kiwi allergy, too?

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 10:04am
laurajean's picture
Joined: 10/26/2003 - 09:00

Hi All,

I have a 2 1/2 year old son with PA, TNA and kiwi. Are there many of you out there dealing with kiwi allergy? If so, can you give me a few ideas of the types of things your child has reacted to with kiwi in it that was unsuspected? For ex, I know to look for it in drinks, yogurt, sliced fruit at the grocery store, jelly beans, etc. Have you come across it anywhere else? When out and about, do you mention this allergy to restaurants like you do PA and TNA? I am starting to feel very very overwhelmed with the nut allergies and now with this on top of it I'm really nervous.



Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 11:21am
momofjen's picture
Joined: 10/07/2002 - 09:00

Hi Laurajean,
I definately believe that my dd is allergic to kiwi. She has had it twice and both times she told me that her mouth felt tingly or strange. I can't remember the exact terminology.
I definately do avoid it, but it hasn't been that hard. The things you mentioned are the prime culperts I thinnk you may also want to look for it in lotions or shampoo.
It is just one more thing to think about. My dd has PA,TNA and Sesame allergy confirmed. I honestly think that those darn little sesames are the hardest thing to avoid. I'll say a prayer that you never have to add that one to your list.
Good luck.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 2:02pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Fortunately, we are "only" dealing with pa and tna. I once met a woman whose son had an anaphylactic allergy to kiwi. I (stupidly) said "oh, at least that one is easy to avoid". She set me straight and let me know that it is prevalent in drinks, fruit flavored candies, and fruit snacks.
I'm sure you are on top of all of that.
Good luck!

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 3:25pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

I'm only dealing with PA right now (touch wood), but thought there *might* be some information in this thread that may help:-
Not sure though.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 8:16pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

I don't want to add to your worries, but has your child been tested for sesame allergy? My son is confirmed allergic to sesame and he has reacted to kiwi with a rash around his mouth. He has not been tested for kiwi, but kiwi and sesame can be cross-reactive so I avoid kiwi.
Since my son's reaction to kiwi was very mild, I don't worry too much. Because of the peanut allergy he doesn't eat storebought baked goods like pies or tarts that could have kiwi, and his candy choices are very limited--no gourmet jelly beans, etc. The only thing I am cautious about are juices, because kiwi is getting more popular and it's often an ingredient in fruit punch.
I think there are some Starburst flavors that include kiwi--he eats regular Starburst but doesn't like the tropical flavored variety anyway, so we don't buy those.
If you use LifeSaver Gummies (which are safe for PA) you may want to double check their tropical flavors for kiwi. We've only bought the regular flavor.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2004 - 9:43pm
robinlp's picture
Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

When my son was 1 1/2 he had an anaphylactic reaction to Kiwi. However, I find it extremely easy to avoid compared to Peanuts. Anyway, I really don't know if all the kiwi flavored things really have kiwi in it but we avoid it "just in case". As to the above post, my son isn't allergic to sesame or latex which tend to be cross reactive.

Posted on: Sat, 04/17/2004 - 3:41am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

my son is allergic to kiwi, apart from drinks and yogurts its fairly easy to avoid.
bad news is that research shows that later brushes with kiwi have been severe.
However , my son is not allergic to sesame , but is tree pollen allergic.
to date Will has allergies to peanut/all beans/kiwi/egg/dog /cat/ dustmite/tree pollen , and now high yeast/histamine foods.

Posted on: Sat, 04/17/2004 - 4:26am
laurajean's picture
Joined: 10/26/2003 - 09:00

Thank you for all of your answers.
So far, he has not reacted to sesame (we eat things with sesame seeds often) or latex. I did know about latex being cross-reactive but not sesame.
Thanks, again. I guess it's more common that I thought!

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 3:22pm
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

I see a lot of "kiwi-strawberry" flavor stuff. One item I did not see mentioned was flavored apple sauces in the single serving containers with pull off tops. Also it was in the applesauce single serving tubes, but they have already vanished from a lot of stores.
Due to mango and kiwi I pretty much avoid any "tropical" flavor product. I look close at strawberry stuff in case it has kiwi also.


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