Child may have outgrown allergy

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I had a very interesting discussion yesterday evening with a woman I met at a party. Her 2 boys (ages 2 and 5) were running all over the place, so we got to talking about taking care of kids, etc. I mentioned that my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. (I tell EVERYONE about this now because so few people seem to understand how serious it is.) She said, yes, her older son (5 years old) had a peanut allergy too, but he didn't have it anymore. She had fed him peanut butter before he was a year old and she said his face swelled (eyes practically swelled shut) and he got hives. This actually happened twice and she narrowed it down to the peanut butter. That's all she knew about it... when she took him to the pediatrician, he said her son was probably allergy to peanuts. She didn't see any need to follow up with an allergist. This woman (who was very concerned about her children as they were running everywhere) didn't seem very worried about the allergy, probably because no-one told her about the seriousness of it. She said that when he went to preschool she wrote on his forms that he was allergic to peanuts, but she didn't tell anyone at the school about it -- she didn't think to do that. I think she said she visited the school one day and all the kids were eating peanut butter and apples, including her son and he was fine. She said he's been eating peanut butter ever since with no problems.

My eyes were about as wide as they could be while she was telling me this story. It sounds like her son had a pretty classic allergic reaction to the peanut butter. But she didn't get him tested for sure, so there's no way to know if he actually was allergic. Still, I thought it was interesting enough to tell everyone here.

--Tracy

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Hi, I am the mother of a four year old boy who is severely allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts. I also have a brother who is allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts. As a very young child my brother's reactions to nuts were limited to hives, in his teens his breathing was sometimes somewhat affected but by the time he was in his early twenties even a tiny amount of peanuts or nuts pushed him into full anaphylactic shock. His doctors told him that often, but not always, each exposure makes the body's response worse as it becomes increasingly sensitized to the allergen. Also my child care provider has a teenage son with a peanut allergy. This child for years suffered only an attack of eczema if he ate peanut products, however, at his last exposure he reacted with hives, breathing difficulties etcetera so has now been advised that his body has been sensitized by the earlier exposures and told that he should never have been allowed to have peanut products once his allergy was discovered, no matter how weak it appeared on the testing scale. My son sees a pediatric allergist who agrees with the other allergists that each exposure can increasingly sensitize the body. Sorry, this is not good news but it is information that might have changed my brother's and my child care provider's son's levels of carefulness had it been available to them. We know so much more now than in the past.

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Kathryn I agree, I think limiting their exposures is a big key to this allergy. Again I really sympathize with the airborne people. That is a tough job. That is why I hope research continues and hopefully we can have a solution to this problem.
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Kathryn, I think that everyone needs to hear what you have just described as progressive reactions over the years. I think that because there are so many variances in how someone reacts to an exposure, that is why so many people are nonchalant about this allergy. Then it makes me look like an overprotective mom. What you have described is what I believe can happen and thus am so obsessive in managing this allergy with our son.

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Hi, certainly when my brother was young we were concerned and aware of the allergy but we had peanut butter at home and the rest of us ate it in his presence. Imagine! I believe now that extreme caution is absolutely necessary and will bear whatever wrath, labelling comes my way as a protective mother.

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I was reading this article [url="http://www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy.htm"]http://www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy.htm[/url] and it discusses some research which seems to suggest that more children outgrow peanut allergies that previously thought. It is a long article and that point is quite far in. But it is all very informative. I really recommend it - it is on the Links page under "our position" or something similar.
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Here is a link to PeanutAllergy.Com's links page. Just click on it. This article is under "Peanut allergy: where do we stand?" [url="http://www.peanutallergy.com/linkspage.htm"]http://www.peanutallergy.com/linkspage.htm[/url]
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