I live in Okinawa Japan and just found out that my daughter (13 months) is PA.
I have been told that they will not do a skin test on her nor will the do a RAST test. The doctor has suggested that we tread carefully and gradually introduce foods that she ate before without problem. I am terrified now to give her anything that I have read is common concern for those with allergies. My main concern is if I do introduce something that she is allergic to will her reaction be as severe as it was to peanut? She ate peas, soy, and green beans before, but now I am not sure if they are OK. I know that there is not a definite answer, but I am looking to see what other people's experience has been....I don't feel like I have many options ?!@
Thanks in advance for your time.
On Jul 4, 2006
I think the answer to some of your questions will be different for everybody.
I have two food allergies. One (sesame seeds) became anaphylactic quickly, the other (peanut) was mostly just a nuisance. However, I think in the past few years my reaction to it has also gotton more severe.
So, it is possible that your daughter's reactions to a different food would be less severe then her reaction to peanut.
It is also possible that she only has one allergy. Some people are allergic to a food family (peanuts are in the legume family) and some people are just allergic to the one thing.
It sounds like you are doing what I would have suggested -- slowly reintroducing foods she previously ate without a problem.
Is it possible to get an epi-pen for your daughter? I know there are a few countries it's not available, but I'm not sure about Japan.
On Jul 4, 2006
Just a suggestion...but why not wait until your child is older and can be tested before you feed her other legumes like green beans, peas, soy.
There are plenty of other vegetables to eat like spinach, broccoli, potates, sweet potates corn etc.
General rule of thumb with a new food is to give them a spoonful one day and if no reaction, feed more the next day. Do it early in the day so you don't have to worry about a nighttime reaction.
On Jul 8, 2006
When my son was a baby, he ate peas, soy, and green beans with no problems. When he turned 1 a let him taste peanut butter, and he reacted immediately. From that day on, he was allergic to peas, all legumes, and soy. He threw up and broke out in hives the first time I fed him peas after the pb reaction. I was told by our allergist that the pb reaction triggered the other allergies to come out. I would definitely hold off on legumes and soy for a while.
I gave my son lots of other veggies that were and continue to be safe - carrots, squash, broccoli, spinach, corn, sweet potatoes - and lots of fruit [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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On Jul 8, 2006
Thank you all for replying to my question. I think I will hold off on introducing peas, green beans and soy. No need to put her through anything else [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks again Christy