I took my older son (5years old) for the food challenge at the hospital today (he had two reactions at 4 years old when he got a rash and puffy eyes after skin exposure to peanuts and was sick (no puffiness or swelling) an hour after eating Crunchy Nut Cornflakes which contain peanuts) - he had the skin prick test last year and had a small 1mm red dot for peanuts (all other nuts came up negative and he eats them fine). At the challenge today he had peanut butter smeared under his nose above his lip for half an hour. No swelling or rash but when wiped off he had four small hives where the peanut butter had been - positive reaction so test stopped. She is going to retest him in three years. No epipen given just told to give antihistamine to keep at the school (is this OK?) and to avoid peanuts.
I asked to have my younger son tested as well (aged 3) as he has the same eczema like dry skin my older son had at that age and I realise that eczema and allergies can be linked. He also had a positive response to the skin prick test - a bigger weal at 5mm. She will retest him at age 7.
None of our family have a history of food allergies but my dad has hay fever (which seems to have gotten better this last 15 years), my husband, sister and dad have a wool allergy, my mother in law and brother in law have late onset asthma and there is a history of dry skin on both sides. So it seems that the allergy is linked to genetics.
Has anyone got more than one child with a peanut allergy? What is your experience?
Also did anyone's child with a 'mild' allergy outgrow it?
By MarieC on Dec 8, 2014
Hi. Both of my children are allergic to nuts and very much so! My son was eating a peanut butter cracker when he was small. His face turned red almost instantly so my mom washed his face, wiped his tongue and gave him water. I never had him officially tested-we just avoided the nuts. Until recently. He wants to join the Navy and has wanted to do so since he was in third grade. I found out that having a food allergy is will disqualify you from joining the service. We did a skin test and a blood test, both of which came back positive. He can not do an oral peanut challenge because the risks are too high. We are getting a second opinion this week, but I think the results will be the same. The FDA currently doesn't have a peanut protein shot to give patients to help de-sensitize patients. We are looking for other things that he can do with his life. He's now a sophomore in HS. He is devastated by the results.
My daughter is also allergic to peanuts. She too has did the skin testing and blood test, which came back positive.
Kids can out grow this allergy. But I was reading that there is an increase in peanut allergy because they use peanut protein in vaccinations. Babies are given these vaccinations, unable to process the peanut protein, so they develop a hyper immune response. (check out the research on the internet. VERY interesting reading) Also, the restaurant, Chick-fil-a cooks with refined peanut oil. My doctor said it was ok to eat it, as the peanut protein has been destroyed in the process of making it, and all that is left is the oil from the peanut. People are allergic to the peanut protein not the oil. However, in my research, I read that the peanut protein isn't a 100% guaranteed that it was destroyed, so you should avoid peanut oil as well.
My kids can eat food that was "manufactured in a facility that process peanuts/nuts" because these plants clean their belts between making the food. The peanut free food is made first, then the peanut food later. However, they can not eat food that states, "May contain peanuts". It depends on the severity of your child's allergy. I have a few friends who know when peanuts are in the air because they start itching and sneezing. Thank God my kids are not that sensitive.
I recommend getting Epi-pens. The come in junior and adult strengths. This will buy you time should your child eat a peanut. Teach your child to read labels on everything they eat and to be an advocate for themselves by asking if the food has peanuts/peanut oil in them prior to eating them. Send your child with treats to school to keep on hand when a student brings in birthday treats. I sent plain M&Ms or skittles with my kids and the teacher just kept them in her desk, and when a child celebrated a bday, they still were able to have a safe treat.
Both my kids have eczema as well. Although this is getting better now that they are older. ALWAYS check with your doctor and NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! You are the advocate for your child.
Good luck. I hope this helps! MarieC
By epimom46112 on Dec 10, 2014
In reference to the comment on the website, peanut oil is not used as an adjuvant. Ugh. http://www.cdc.gov/.../appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf http://www.aaaai.org/ask-the-expert/peanut-antigen-in-vaccines.aspx
By PeanutAllergy.com on Dec 18, 2014
Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Thanks for your question! You’ve brought up a concern that many parents of children with food allergies have -- and rightly so.
As your doctor suggested, a minor rash can be treated with antihistamines; however, if there are other symptoms, or reactions in other places of the body, you should call a doctor. We have more tips about when to seek medical treatment here. While peanut allergies aren’t necessarily genetic, there are a few things that can reduce risk in early childhood. Asthma and hay fever can predisposition a child to developing a peanut allergy, and you can read more about that here.
It’s great that you had your younger child tested as well, and you’re right that eczema can be linked to food allergies. If you are interested in more information about the connection, check out this article, and here are some tips for reducing eczema’s frustrating symptoms.
As far as outgrowing an allergy is concerned, some children do outgrow their allergies! A study found that about 20 percent of people with peanut allergies will outgrow them by adulthood, though other allergies were more common to outgrow. You can read more about that study here.
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Take care and please don’t hesitate to reach out to our community with any other questions or concerns that you have!
By mom365247 on Dec 22, 2014
I hope this info helps...I have 4 children (2 boys/2girls), all of whom have asthma. My oldest daughter & son each tested positive for peanut allergy after my oldest daughter had an anaphylactic reaction to a bite from a peanut butter cookie when she was 2. My oldest son had an anaphylactic reaction at age 15 after drinking a smoothie that had accidentally been made with peanut butter. My youngest son has always tested negative & has had peanuts/peanut butter (outside our home) with no problem. Our youngest daughter was our third child to test positive for peanuts, but on a VERY low scale. At age 10 we retested her & after a negative result, our doctor did a food challenge (at the hospital), where she continued to have no reaction...she had "outgrown" her peanut allergy. My oldest children, due to the severity of their allergy, will never outgrow it. Best of luck to you! Staying informed & educating others, as well as your children, is key to successfully living with peanut allergies! You can do it!