Can allergy develop from eating too many peanuts?

Posted on: Mon, 09/16/2002 - 2:32pm
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pMy son is almost six and has shown no sign of a peanut allergy. If he had his way, he'd eat a peanut butter sandwich every day. Is there any risk that he could develop a peanut allergy as a result of eating too many peanuts? In other words, is there any reason to limit his consumption of peanuts?/p
pI'd appreciate any informed advice or experiences with this -- he eats organic peanut butter on organic whole wheat bread (with a little all-fruit jam), so I'm very reluctant to withhold such a nutritious meal unless there is good reason./p
pThanks for your help/p

Posted on: Tue, 09/17/2002 - 4:05am
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None what so ever!
carry on giving your son a good balanced diet .
I am wondering why you are so concerned?
Allergy can strike out of the blue, but is still RARE..
I have four children and only one has allergies, the other children are able to eat all foods quite happily. Nowadays our home is nut free, but I dont stop them from eating them outside our home.
My eldest son lived on wholemeal bread and peanut butter for the first five years!!!
I was more concerned about his salt intake , than the risk of allergy!!!!
(hmmmm, how my life changed when third son started to look like the back end of a baboon when exposed to peanut!!! ha ha ha !!)
Even if your son has other allergic linked diseases , like asthma and excema , I would still be very careful about excluding any foods from his diet with out medical advice.
good luck ,
sarah

Posted on: Tue, 09/17/2002 - 7:54am
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albelkin,
I agree with Sarah. If your child has eaten peanut butter without any reaction whatsoever, I would continue to let him eat it.
They say if there is a history of asthma or eczema in the family, to wait to introduce peanut butter until the age of 3 and I believe it has been raised to the age of 5.
There are no allergies on my side but my husband has eczema (my peanut allergy son had eczema) and 4 out of 6 siblings have asthma. His sister developed the peanut allergy at the age of 28!!
My daughter has no allergies that we are aware of and can have peanut butter outside our home.
You sound like a very concerned parent. What brought you to this site?
Hope we have helped.
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