cause of peanut allergy

Posted on: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 11:42am
teddi99's picture
Joined: 08/27/2007 - 09:00

I was saying last night that my mom would blame me for my sons peanut allergy because he started taking ADHD meds when he was around 9...and she brought it up today!!

Does anyone elses child take ADHD meds?
it's not an easy decission but sometimes you have to weigh out the risks & benefits so the child doesn't suffer.

Do you think that could have weakened his immune system & caused this alergy?

Posted on: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 11:47am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

[i]Yeah. Uhhhh-HUH.[/i]
Well, it certainly doesn't explain how [i]most[/i] of the members here ended up with peanut allergic toddlers.
(I am pretty confident when I say that few, if any, of [i]us[/i] were medicating our babies and toddlers.)
You didn't do anything 'wrong' by following well-considered [i]medical advice[/i] to medicate a neurochemical problem.
It always seems like family, in particular, has trouble accepting the "Stuff happens" theory of severe food allergies... or worse, the 'bad genes' explanation that clearly seems correct in our family. Nooooooo-- gotta find something 'we' did [i]wrong.[/i] Even if it's quite a stretch.
You didn't 'cause' this any more than the rest of us did.

Posted on: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:41pm
abigailsmoma's picture
Joined: 11/30/2005 - 09:00

I am Sorry! It hurts when someone you love says something like that. Just a couple of days ago a family member told my DH that she wasn't feeding her baby solid food until the Dr. gave her the ok. The Dr. is supposed to give her the ok after her son is around 4months or so. I was informed that feeding them solid food before 4 months is what causes food allergies! People just don't think about what they say. It still hurt though. I send you hugs & Strength to ignore silly comments!

Posted on: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 4:57pm
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

I, also, was told by my allergist to delay giving solid foods. Solid foods before 4 months is a big no-no in general, isn't it?
My mom is also opposed to ADHD drugs, but then, so am I for other reasons - I think they are generally teacher-driven because it's easier for them to drug up junior than control him or keep him from being bored and acting out. I would throw a hissy if they tried to medicate my child!
I've never heard the ADHD drug connection to peanut allergies, though. Where is that coming from?

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 12:15am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

None of my kids have ever had ADHD meds... and 2 of the 4 have food allergies.
If my mom told me that nonsense, I'd laugh at her.

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 12:26am
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

Sounds silly to me - are ADHD medications linked to weakened immune systems? If so, the link to food allergies doesn't make any sense - food allergies are a symptom of the opposite problem - overactive immune systems.
I think you should let your mom know that judgemental grandparents are the REAL cause of PA.

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:14am
Lindajo's picture
Joined: 10/14/2003 - 09:00

Everytime I hear of a theory of how our kids ended up with PA, I perk up my ears. Then, it seems to not pertain to my DD. She never was BF, didn't have any medications in the first year before PA, and she was so lazy, she didn't start solids 'solidly' until around 6.5 months. Maybe that's her problem, that her system didn't get used to the foods over a longer period of time.
I asked her allergist so many questions when she was first diagnosed and his response was that no matter what you did in that first year, she was predisposed to PA and the only way to find out was to give her the PB.
It's bad enough when other people don't get it, but when your own Mom blames you for what you did, that hurts. Then I guess I should blame myself because I gave my DD PB which caused her to go into anaphylaxis. Talk about a guilt trip!
Everybody is grasping for an answer to 'why' people have PA.

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 2:11am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Personally, I don't think anything *we do* gives our children allergies...JMHO. I breastfed all my kids, started solids at different ages(between 6-9mths).....I did some things the same and some things differently, yet ALL my kids have food allergies. I think it was just a bad mix of genes between hubby and I and there was nothing *we* could do(other then NOT having children)to avoid it. The *older* relations in our family are always looking to *blame* is what it is and honestly(IMO) it's probably environmental just as much as gene related anyways!!! We culd spend our lifetime wondering *what* caused allergies in our children(many scientists do already)....but no one is any closer to figuring it out as it is. So IMHO I woudn't even consider ADHD meds as the 4 have never taken any at least [img][/img]
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 4:22am
abigailsmoma's picture
Joined: 11/30/2005 - 09:00

We actually had to give her solids early because she couldn't hold anything down. We had tried everything. I didn't know it was a big NO NO. Turns out it saved her life though. Soy was making her sick!!! I guess we do what we have to do to take care of our kids regardless of what everone else thinks. My feeding her did not cause her allergy. She was born with it.

Posted on: Sat, 09/01/2007 - 9:27am
jmarcustry's picture
Joined: 10/09/2000 - 09:00

ok i can interject here, my dd was diagnosed with pa at age 3 and a half. she has adhd. started taking medication for it at age 8. no connection to her allergy. adhd meds do not cause food allergies. it does not weaken the immune system at all. dd is very healthy outside of the pa. never had a problem with her meds, nor has it caused a problem for her health wise either. im sorry that you were hurt by the remarks that were made by family memebers. sometimes people think they know everything about something they hardly know anything about.. and sometimes people are afraid of what they dont just anything will shoot out of their mouths kwim?
in loving memory, pooh-bear. september 3,2006 to september 3,2007. we miss you so much.

Posted on: Sat, 09/01/2007 - 10:21am
MimiM's picture
Joined: 10/10/2003 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Christabelle:
My mom is also opposed to ADHD drugs, but then, so am I for other reasons - I think they are generally teacher-driven because it's easier for them to drug up junior than control him or keep him from being bored and acting out. I would throw a hissy if they tried to medicate my child!
Please try not to judge people who choose to medicate their kids who have ADHD. ADHD is not necessarily about "acting out". For my son, it manifests with difficulty in being able to focus on certain activities because he is busy hyperfocusing on others. It is about not being able to take a second to think about actions before engaging in them, as well as some other behaviors that can be socially detrimental. It's not like he has these behaviors because he is oppositional or defiant and he doesn't like not being able to have control at times. Taking medication makes a world of difference for my son. I can see the difference and so can he.
You may not want medication for your child but maybe your child simply does not need it...Mine does.
[This message has been edited by MimiM (edited September 01, 2007).]


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