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Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2006 - 8:47am
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I am not too sure if you should be feeding him tree nuts. I was told by 2 allergist and my pediatrician not to give tree nuts. My son who is 2 had eaten peanut butter products before he had a reaction (which didn't happen for 2 hrs-head to toe hives) and eating honey nut cheerios, but after his reaction we stopped all nuts. I guess it is all what someones comfort zone is and that is not mine. You could always request a cap rast test from your allergist and if he will not do it find another dr. I wanted it just to see what the #'s were. My son was 1.2 for peanut and 1.8 for egg white. I am hoping he will outgrow, but will continue to live nut free for now and forever if need be.

Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2006 - 10:37am
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Feeding your child tree nuts, given your stated situation, sounds dangerous to me. My son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. He had eaten Honey Nut Cheerios (almond being the only nut with almost non-existent numbers)- before we even ventured to let him try peanut butter. Had we fed him walnuts though, based on his ability to eat things with scant almonds in them, we would have ended up killing him.
Surprising that an allergist wouldn't test, retest, both peanuts and tree nuts. I would gladly have either of my children get a RAST or skin test, to avoid the greater possible pain they would experience from anaphylaxis.
Is there a 3rd allergist available for you to go to? Or would your pediatrician order the test for you?

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 3:44am
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Hi. From what I've gathered from the HOURS and DAYS of research I've done and from the information from numerous medical professionals, the only reason to keep my son off of tree nuts (since 2 allergy tests showed that he was NOT allergic) is because of the fear of cross-contamination. I've called the company who makes Honey Nut Cheerios and they told me that they do not use peanuts or derivatives or use them on the same equipment with peanuts. I see no reason not to give him tree nuts if he is not allergic to them and there is no chance of cross-contamination. One allergist even told him to give him walnuts and other shelled nuts when he can chew better.

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 4:58am
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Sharon,
You already sound like an old pro, calling all the companies to check for cross-contamination with peanuts. Way to go!
Since your son is not even 2, other nuts aren't a big dietary issue right now. Sounds like you're doing well with the tree-nut-containing items. As you gradually introduce more of these, you will get an idea of his tolerance, which may very well be ok.
You do need to find another allergist in the next year or two. He/she will be your best resource when your DS starts Preschool or Kindergarten. This is also a good time/reason for re-testing.
The numbers are just for "tracking" purposes. Some go up; some go down. Perhaps if he has *other* bloodwork drawn in the next year or two, you could get your Ped to addon the RAST. But again, not to confirm the allergy, just for tracking through the years.
Good luck,
Daisy
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Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 7:15am
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All allergy tests also confirmed that my son is not allergic to any tree nuts. Since he is only 2, I don't want to give him tree nuts b/c his immune system is not fully developed and exposure could and does cause new allergies. That is only my comfort level, but you have to do what you feel is right for your child.

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 8:23am
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Another consideration with tree nuts is that they are a choking hazard for young children. Honey nut cheerios would be ok in that respect, but please don't give a toddler walnuts until much older.

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 1:28pm
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Thank you everyone. I appreciate all your comments and help. Since we found out our son was allergic 2 weeks ago it has been quite hectic.
It is a little confusing. Why do some paediatricians say it is OK to have peanut butter after 1 years of age if their immune systems are not fully developed? We love our paediatrician, but I am confused.
Not to worry, I realize walnuts are a choking hazard. This is my second child (another boy who is 4 1/2) and I don't think he has ever had whole walnuts. I think the doctor wanted us to give him a tiny piece of walnut when he has more teeth, wait 15 minutes to see if there is a reaction and give him a tiny piece more, etc.
Sharon

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2006 - 10:49pm
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Results change because... no rhyme/reason IMO.
They change with no exposure.. they change with exposure...
If lst testing was 1 yr ago, then testing could be beneficial... If under a yr... things dont change THAT much AFAIK.
HTH!
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Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2006 - 11:34am
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My DS's Allergist told us he will test our son again before he starts school. Even if the Dr. didn't recommend it I would test before school starts. You will feel so much better having the test done again.
Maria

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 6:41am
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I'd get a new allergist! I'm currently looking for a new one.
The last time we did a blood test, they tested for milk, peanut, soy, whey, casin, and lacto globulin. We got the results back in 2-3 days. Our regular ped. ordered the tests for us because the allergist whined about it.
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