does anyone know a child that has grown out of their peanut allergy?

Posted on: Mon, 02/09/2004 - 4:38am
Clifton's picture
Joined: 02/09/2004 - 09:00

My son had a relatively minor reaction to peanut butter when he was 1 yr (face turned bright red). After that we avoided all nuts except 1 for sure accidental exposure to a walnut with the same reaction. He had a positive skin test when he just turned 3 yrs. He hasn't had any reactions since then and given that it is extremely difficult to avoid accidental exposures (at least we have learned a lot since his first exposure about the unexpect places peanuts and nuts can be found) we find it hard to believe that he hasn't been exposed at least to small amounts since. So, we think he's grown out of the allergy. When should he be rechecked? And, if he were to test negative on a direct challenge, what is advised--that he continue to stay away from nuts/peanuts or that he eat them like he was never allergic. What are the chances that the allergy would return? Any advice?

Posted on: Mon, 02/09/2004 - 5:12am
Scrippsie's picture
Joined: 11/20/2003 - 09:00

I'm getting allergy tests done for the first time in 15 years this March, so I'll let you know.
It's important to remember that reactions differ every time in every person. I haven't had an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts, but a year ago I had a tiny cut on my lip swell to a large welt after I ate a bagel at Noah's that had been made right after a peanut butter bagel. If you look around these boards you'll see all types of mild to violent reactions to peanuts.
Also, I've found it quite easy to avoid all exposure to any kind of nut for most of my life, so it's entirely possible that your son has not had small amounts of nuts either. Not to dash your hopes or anything--I am fairly confident that I'll test negative to most of my allergies--but realize that PA tends to be a very serious allergy.
I think standard procedure after a negative skin test is to give a monitored oral food challenge, assuming everyone agrees to it? (Correct me if I'm wrong here) Of course it is your call how often to feed your son nuts after that. After years with the allergy, nuts and soy are extremely unappealing to me--it would just be nice to not have to worry about accidental exposure.
Good luck to you and your son!

Posted on: Mon, 02/09/2004 - 7:36am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

My dd has a similar history to the OP, even eating PB sandwiches for a month or two at 18 months of age or so before me realizing she was allergic. Was itching her eyes alot, rubbing her face, but it took a more dramatic display of that with red cheeks and sort of watery eyes and immediate, to realize it was the PB. Duh! Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20.
But she was very tolerant of it then for some time before the allergy was evident. No known reactions ever since and she *definately* had traces. I did not know of the risk of cross contact originally, so would pick off a cookies from a plat or tin where there were PN ones, and I even cooked all sorts of nutty cookies that first Holiday season, just made safe ones for her as well. Never reacted to those traces, that we noticed.
Not sure what to tell you. But if both testes were negative, then you decide to challenge or not, and if that is negative, you decide to reintroduce or not. I am with Scrippsie on that I would keep dd away from the nuts and just be glad to not worry about traces here and there. But there are some studies to suggest that it is good to introduce the allergen back into the diet to prevent recurrence of the allergy. becca

Posted on: Mon, 02/09/2004 - 8:33am
debhew's picture
Joined: 02/09/2004 - 09:00

Yes, my son outgrew his peanut allergy. He was given the skin patch test at 1 yr and according to his Dr., he was severely allergic to peanuts. We avoided all peanuts and products containing peanuts (in fact all nuts for that matter since the Dr. told us to stay away from peanuts and tree nuts just in case)for the next 3 years and on his 4th birthday, we retested him with the RAST test, skin test and peanut challenge test. He has completely outgrown his allergy. I was thinking he had outgrown it since although I was pretty diligent about keeping him away from peanuts, he only had one episode when I saw rashes around his eyes and that was when he was about 2 and it was after eating a chicken nugget from Mc Donalds?!

Posted on: Mon, 02/09/2004 - 10:04am
momofjen's picture
Joined: 10/07/2002 - 09:00

My daughter eracted for the first time at age 11 months. She had hives on her face after eating a PB cookie. We were strict about avoiding nut products but, I found it hard to believe that she never came into contact with any peanut/nut products. A large part of me believed she outgrew it. Last summer when she was heading to first grade, we had her retested. Her numbers were higher than they were at one year of age. Off the charts was what the doctor said. I was so dissapointed because I was sure the numbers were going to be lower, if not completely negative. I think we all start to believe that they have outgrown the allergy if they go for a long time without a reaction. I think it is usually just wishful thinking. I hope in your case, it turns out differently. Goodluck.

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 1:31pm
Schnook's picture
Joined: 10/07/2003 - 09:00

My DS who was first diagnosed at 2.5 years (class 3 for peanuts and 4 for almonds) has been tested on a yearly basis. At age 3 he was a class 2 peanuts and 3 almonds, at 4 years he was a borderline class 1 for peanuts and 1 for almonds. We just got his CAPRAST back this week and he is negative for peanuts and borderline 1 for almonds (.38 when <.35 is negative). He is just 5.
He has had no exposure for more than 2 years, our plan is to keep doing what we are doing for another year (hoping the almond allergy will also be outgrown) and then have another caprast, if still negative do a skin test, if negative, do a food challenge for peanuts (not almonds) caprast again a year later and if still negative for almonds, challenge for that.
Our comfort zone is very small, we do not eat in resturants or the homes of others, his daycare is peanut/nut free, we call all food companies and give him probiotics daily.
For now we will just wait and see and feel cautiously optomistic. We think that our tight comfort zone has given him an opportunity to outgrow this, but then again who really knows for sure. I will note that none of his exposures before we knew what we were doing required an epi-pen or an ER visit, so his allergy level may have been lower than some to start with.
Good luck.

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 12:01am
tracy's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

I have met several people who have told me they couldn't eat peanuts as children because they were allergic, but now they can eat them.
And I met a woman who told me her son ate peanuts as a toddler and had a severe reaction. They put him in daycare and told the employees not to feed him peanuts, but some time later the woman walked in to find him eating a peanut butter sandwich with no problem. (And he still doesn't have a problem eating peanuts now.) She had never been educated on the severity of the peanut allergy, so she viewed it differently than many of us. (She wasn't all that upset when the daycare messed up.)
I do wonder if how we view the allergy affects it in some way. All the people I've talked to were pretty laid back about the allergy and not surprised that they outgrew it. My non-pa son is allergic to eggs and I have to admit we're pretty laid back about that allergy. I fully expect him to outgrow it.

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 12:43am
Anonymous's picture
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What kind of probiotics do you give your son? Who manufactures them? Our allergist wants us to use them for our two PA DDs but have yet to find a safe one.
(Sorry not trying to put this topic in another direction, but couldn't find an email address for you). Thanks.

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 12:44am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by tracy:
[b]I do wonder if how we view the allergy affects it in some way.
interesting thought.
Interesting search engine:
"stress" and "mast cell".
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form.

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 1:18am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi debhew:
Happy to hear that your son outgrew his peanut allergy. I am just curious as to what prompted you to have him tested at one year of age. Did he have a reaction to peanuts before you had him tested which lead you to believe he was PA or was it simply the results of the skin test. Again, congrats on the good news!

Posted on: Sat, 02/14/2004 - 7:26am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi, I'M knew to this BB. Very excited to read Schnook's note. My son was diagnosed PA at 18 months. He is now 5. Tested 4 plus at 2 years when he had skin test. Thank God there have not been any more incidents. I am very interested in something you said. You give him probiotics everyday. Never heard of them before. Is this something you were advised to do and do you think this could be why your child has outgrown the allergy? I would love to hear yours or anyone elses thoughts on this. I live in fear every day. As I'm sure you all do.


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