Can you believe this???

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 2:13am
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I would like to ask one question, and then I will not be posting anymore. My sister carried her 2 year old to an allergist yesterday. Both of my children are allergic to peanuts(only) so we have never given her any at all. The doctor told them to buy a peanut butter cracker and feed in to her in the doctor's office. She took a couple of bites and did not react to it. However, we have never given her peanut butter before. What do you think of this?? I really could'nt believe it.

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 5:16am
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I'm not sure about the question (although it sounds irresponsible of the doctor to me) but why are you not posting anymore?
Gale

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 9:23am
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I think that since exposure to peanuts before age 3 is a risk for developing an allergy to it, it was irresponsible of the doctor to suggest such an exposure. Why not wait until the child was older? Why will you not be posting any more?

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 2:07am
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It is pretty amazing that a doctor would recommend this. For one thing, I have always understood that you don't have an allergic reaction upon your first exposure. So if your niece is prone to peanut allergy, she has just had her first exposure. Your sister could be lulled into a false sense of security only to have her daughter have a reaction on her second exposure. I would tell her to still be cautious.

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 3:28am
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My question is, what kind of allergist encourages patients to bring peanut butter to their offices?! Seems strange to me!

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 4:53am
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Good point about the food to the office. We are not allowed to bring any food or drink(even our own sippy of water is discouraged and they have a cooler available) into the allergists office. They are sure to run very true to schedule the two times we are there as well. If I remember, I do not even apply fragrance that day out of respect for other patients!
Too young, too risky, and very strange, IMO. becca

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 5:20am
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We can't even wear perfume into my Allergists office let alone bring peanut butter and cracker in!!! Sounds very strange and irresponsible. Who would want to find out by giving them PB, if in question at least do a blood test...goodness.

Posted on: Mon, 11/25/2002 - 12:30am
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sport, your PA child is young, and only in my opinion, but I really feel since you've found PA.com you should keep posting. You'll be amazed at how many questions you find that you would like answers to or how many situations you come across in in life that you would like to talk about with other PA parents. You'll get support, encouragement, caring, and information here. I hope you'll re-consider and keep posting. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Most all of us have had difficulties on the board where we've felt that we were either personally attacked or terribly misunderstood and by the people that we really think understand us better than anyone else in our lives. I don't know how many times I have threatened to leave the board. However, I also realize that misunderstandings can happen really quickly in cyberspace and then they're gone.
Use the resources of everyone here to get the knowledge you need to keep your PA child safe, to ensure your sanity, and also to post information you might have that would help others. Please re-consider. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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