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Posted on: Fri, 01/24/2003 - 11:45am
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I have the 1994 edition of the What To Expect The Toddler Years. Chapter 23 "Your Special Needs Child" does have a section on "Allergy" under "Some Chronic Health Problems". It DOES address Food Allergies at length and also contains separate sections on "Life-Threatening Allergies" & "When The Food-Allergic Toddler Steps Out". It talks about hidden allergens in foods, checking labels & not giving peanuts until 3 yrs. old. Unfortunately, I did not look at the Special Needs Child section back then, but I also was not this educated in the severity of PA back then (like most of us, I am sure!)...if only I knew, but then again she may have developed it through breast-feeding, only God knows at this point. Good looking on your part, Cindy & yes, I thought the stork was on the way to your house again!!
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Fran

Posted on: Sat, 01/25/2003 - 2:53am
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It would be nice to have this included. I am pregnant and belong to an on-line group of about 100 pregnant women. When I warn them about Peanut consumption they all brush it off and don't take is seriously since their Dr.'s don't address it w/ them. I ate loads of peanut butter during my 2nd pregnancy and while bfeeding. I really believe that is why my son is PA.

Posted on: Sat, 01/25/2003 - 8:42am
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Robinlp,
I also ate tons of peanut butter while pregnant with all 3 of my kids (my oldest is 10). Only my middle child has PA but I breastfed him and his sister (age 4). I do believe the peanut butter during pregnancy AND breastfeeding had something to do with his allergy. My dd has not been tested but avoids all peanut products.
Karen
PS I also wanted to see if Cindy was expecting!

Posted on: Sat, 01/25/2003 - 11:05am
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Hi Everyone!
Strangely enough, I just did a search tonight on old discussion topics regarding breastfeeding and PA, because I recently heard that a vast majority of PA kids were breastfed. I too followed the advice of the "what to expect..." books, and ironically, I also introduced peanut butter to my PA son, hoping to give him an alternate source of protein since he is milk allergic, and cannot have cheese, etc. I am in nursing school, and hope to eventually be a lactation nurse, and believe me: I WILL warn every pregnant and nursing woman about eating peanuts!! I am so sick of the medical community's lackadaisical attitude regarding PA. I can certainly tell you that if someone had warned me about this sensitization issue while I was pregnant or breastfeeding, I would have taken the advice. I think that as parents of PA kids, we should all pledge to take the responsibility to warn any pregnant or nursing moms we meet about this issue, since our medical community is not taking this issue seriously!

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 11:43pm
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To all of you who thought I was pregnant or perhaps contemplating the idea, could I please remind you that I will be 44 in June month of this year and have my hands quite full, as an *old* Mom with my 7 and 5 year olds. You guys are too funny! Oh, if you also navigate the board well enough, it's posted somewhere here that I've also had my tubes tied. Also, don't you have to have sexual relations to get pregnant, all of the other factors notwithstanding [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
You guys are funny! Thank-you, it's very cute actually and did brighten my day (son home sick from school but not sick enough that he can't fight with his sister).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 7:30am
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Hey Cindy, don't be so sure that your age rules you out. I ran into an old acquaintance this weekend whose children are 16 and 9. She is 45, and yes, she was holding her 7 week old. She said she had no idea she was preggers, as her periods had become somewhat erratic. She went to the MD to get her thyroid checked since she was feeling tired and was gaining weight. Boy was she shocked to find herself [b]4 months along![/b]
As for my copies of What to Expect, well, they are old enough to be in the Smithsonian! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 10:48am
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My WTEWE book is not that old but barely mentions avoiding peanuts. My MD's office said they didn't care for the book in large part because of the unrealistic diet.
For baby books, I have the WTETFY but it goes month by month and they change so much so fast. A friend suggested "Your Baby Week by Week" and it is much better! If anyone is looking for a good baby book - this is it!
My DD is 10 months old and I still use it. We haven't hit the toddler stage so I have no info there.
Watch out Cindy - my cousin thought she was going thru "the change" and was actually pregnant with her fourth child! Her husband was sooooo proud of himself it was funny. Now they have two handsome boys and two beautiful girls!!

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 12:12pm
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Ladies, you're not hearing me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] I've had my tubes tied and I'm also not getting *any* lately! LOL!
The reason I had my tubes tied is because DH and I had decided that two was enough when we were both 38 and my side of the family tends to be extremely fertile. For example, I can literally say that Ember (my 5 year old) was a "one shot wonder). I can tell you the day she was conceived simply because there was no other action that month! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I am shameless, I know [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
Had I left my body to it's own devices I would have many more children than I already do, but for me, I thought it was okay to stop at 2. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I just read an article in Chatelaine Magazine about a 41 year old who just became a first time Mom. And I had a friend who was also around *that* age when she became a first time Mom as well. For me, I still strongly advise no child bearing after the age of 30!
LOL! DH and I *should* have had our children when we were first together (not sexually) when we were 15! I mean it sometimes, especially when I feel my age (like to-day).
Great laugh again, thank-you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I will address the actual topic later but I had to come in here to see if I got another laugh because I've had another horrible thing happen that has set me off.
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 12:32pm
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Yes, I'm pregnant, and due in less than 6 weeks. My PA DS is 2.5yo. I'm not a big fan of WTEWYE to begin with--not my style--so I wouldn't have known about the diet information in it if I hadn't read about it here. I don't eat peanut products since DS was diagnosed, and have also eliminated tree nuts, fish and shellfish since we started trying to conceive this child. I'll stay off all of those foods until I wean. I post on some pregnancy-related boards on another site, and have tried to do some educating there about food allergies.
For the record, I didn't think that Cindy was pregnant. Do I win the pool or something?
Nancy

Posted on: Wed, 01/29/2003 - 4:32am
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Cindy, pregnant?! Never crossed my mind. I did think that maybe she wanted to do a survey or something about what foods we are all avoiding this time around.
I like to refer to WTEWYE as "What to Worry About When You're Expecting." With Patricia, I was neurotic about eating the healthiest food possible. I don't remember any advice about avoiding peanut products. I lived on peanut butter when I was pregnant. This time around, I am eating whatever my body is telling me it needs (though some of the stuff is questionable -- do I really *need* those Krispy Kremes?!) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
In WTETTY, there is some info about allergies and life-threatening allergies. But I don't see much that warns parents to avoid peanuts in the first few years. Any info about food allergies is buried back on page 700-something. Peanut butter is listed as a good protein food in the todder best-odds daily dozen.
It was actually a friend who told me that peanut butter was a healthy protein for children over a year old. Her son's pediatrician had told her that.
Well, I am due in 10 weeks, and you can bet that baby #2 is never going to taste peanut butter as long as she lives under my roof.
Amy

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