Do siblings need to be tested ?

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My son, aged nearly 5 was diagnosed as PA last summer. Since this time we have found it much easier for family harmony (what's that!?) if his sister (nearly 4)is given the same meals, chocolates,biscuits,snacks etc She isn't PA, and we have had no reason to suspect that she might be. Their baby sister (aged 1)is now eating the same foods as them. My question is, do siblings of PA children need to be tested as well. Have many of you have requested that this be done? Tom and Katherine will be in the same school in September. I want her to have the school meals but he must remain with his packed lunch. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences/advice Thanks Sarah

On May 16, 2003

Hi, I'm actually taking my 10 month old to get tested next month he has really bad eczema on his face so my pediatrician wanted to get him tested too.

On May 16, 2003

I've had the same question. My 9 y/o dd is pa and I'm concerned about my 2 y/o. We have an appointment this afternoon with the pediatrician and I'm going to ask about this. I'll let you know what he says.

Maggie

On May 16, 2003

All three of my children have eczema -quite bad when they were babies but has improved as they have got older. I think I might ask my doctor if he thinks it is necessary but would still like to know what others think Take care Sarah

On May 16, 2003

We have three younger than PA DD. All had skin tests for peanut, tree nuts and shellfish when they were two. All tested negative, but we will not let them eat anything containing these allergens until they are five. They don't eat "may contains", either. They do not follow the same diet as PA DD because she is allergic to eggs and milk and they are not.

On May 16, 2003

after our third child was diagnosed with pa (and several other less serious f/a's) we had our next baby tested to be on the safe side. i was surprised to find that she tested allergic to the same four allergens, including peanuts. she actually tests higher for pa though her sister's reactions have been worse than hers. so..i would definitely have the testing done. even if chase was not pa i would still feed her just as her pa sister, bryce. however, i would have felt more comfortable sending her out into the world if she was not pa. our older two children (one from my first marriage and one from my husband's prior marriage, both with no food allergies) also stick to a peanut/nut free diet at home. i just feel it's easier for everyone if the stuff just isn't around. they do eat as they wish when away from home though, to a degree. neither of them like straight peanuts or peanut butter so that has not been a problem. occasionally i know my daughter eats a reeses at her dad;s house or something like that. i'm okay with that. i am so glad we had the testing done on chase so we could know before a reaction occurred. finding out the hard way with bryce was not fun.

joey

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