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Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2001 - 3:09pm
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pMY SON IS ALMOST 21/2. HE HAS HAD TWO REACTIONS TO PEANUTS. THE FIRST WAS WHEN HE WAS 11 MONTHS OLD HE HAD A BITE OF A PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE, WITHIN A SECOND HE THREW THE COOKIE DOWN AND IMMEDIATLY BROKE OUT IN HIVES. THE SECOND TIME HE HAD A BITE OF A PROTEIN BAR THAT WAS MADE OF PEANUT BUTTER, IT TOOK ALMOST A HALF HOUR FOR ANY REAL SIGNS TO SHOW. LOOKING BACK THER WERE SIGNS RIGHT A WAY. HE MADE A POINT TO SPIT THE BAR OUT IN MY HAND AS TO SAY "THIS HURT ME" HE WAS EXTREMLY EASY GOING AS IF HE HAD NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD. (NOT A NORMAL BEHAVIOR FOR A TWO YEAR OLD) ANY WAY I HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY FAMILLIAR WITH MY SONS BEHAVIOR AND REACTIONS TO THINGS. I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT WITH MANY PEOPLE WITH PB ALLERGIES IT FISICALLY HURTS THEIR MOUTH. WITH ZACKRY THIS MAY BE A GOOD SIGN OF DETECTION. I AM VERY CONCERNED ALTHOUGH BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN TESTED ONLY ONCE FOR PB ALLERGY AND TESTED NEGATIVE. HOW RELIABLE ARE SKIN TESTS? /p
pMY MOTHER IN LAW INSISTS BECAUSE OF A NEW STUDY THAT I AM SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR GIVING ZACKRY THIS DEADLY ALLERGY BECAUSE I ATE TOO MANY PB FOODS WHILE PREGENANT AND NURSING HIM. HAS ANYONE HEARD OF THIS STUDY? IT IS SO GREAT TO HAVE FOUND THIS LIFE LINK. PEOPLE JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO HAVE A CHILD WITH A PEANUT ALLERGY. I CAN'T WAIT TO CHAT MORE WITH ALL OF YOU./p
pSO RELIEFED IM NOT ALONE/p

Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2001 - 8:15pm
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forzackry, I think there seems to be a lot of this MIL thing going on in here. We all seem to have one. First of all my name is claire and welcome here. I ate peanut butter when pregnant for christopher,but I don't blame it. As I always say, I have a daughter allergic to cats and a brother and niece allergic to bees. No body ate them while pregnant and they are allergic. If it is meant to be it will just happen. Can't your MIL see you are upset enough without her two cents. My niece is allergic to milk and my sister in law never drank milk because she hates it. I think that there is a thread about this in here. Someone took a little survey to see how many of us ate peanut butter while pregnant,and there was many different answers. Some did,and others did not. There are people that don't even develop the allergy until later in life. My MIL asked me why I would give my son peanut butter at such a young age. He was 9 months with almost all of his teeth and I gave him toast with PB on it. I certainly would not have if I had known about this allergy. my son is 14 and he doesn't blame me so who cares what the MIL thinks. You take care and don't blame yourself. Some people just don't have anything better to do than be mean to others about things. Take care claire

Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2001 - 9:44pm
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Forzackry,
Welcome to the boards, don't blame yourself or listen to anyone. I ate PB one time while I was pregnant & I don't think that gives any cause for my son to be allergic. I don't remember eating any more peanuts. I could be wrong. I do love Reeses peanut butter cups. I probably ate them all the time.
I don't feel I did anything wrong to contribute to his peanut allergy. I beleive if you are allergic you are allergic.
As far as you MIL she just needs someone to blame & of course you are the DIL. Don't pay one bit attention.
Good Luck & Stay Safe,
Ronna

Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2001 - 12:17am
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Hi and welcome: just my 2 cents worth regarding MIL, I have triplet boys, RARELY ate peanut products while pregnant/nursing (not allergic, just not high on my list of foods I like) and 1 of them is PA. No one knows for sure what causes it, I would suspect it is a myriad of things. Obviously if it were strictly caused by environmental factors (ie, what the mother ate,etc) all 3 of my boys would be PA. Please don't blame yourself and certainly don't let your MIL get you on a guilt trip.

Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2001 - 10:56am
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Hello and welcome. You are definitely not alone. THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT!!! In my case, my mother never ate peanut butter and I have been PA all my life. The most important thing to realize here is education is power in dealing with PA. Spend time on these boards, read as much as you can on all the different subjects and use that knowledge to deal with this. It is overwhelming at first, but over time I think it becomes second nature. I am 48 and PA is no big deal in my life. I ask questions when I go out to eat, I travel and I keep my epi pen close by, but PA has had very little affect on my life. We look forward to hearing more from you. Andy

Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2001 - 11:32am
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My son, at 2 yrs, also tested negatively to RAST and skin--but I didn't trust it as I saw his reactions prior. I kept him away from peanuts and had him retested at 4 yrs. He tested extremely high on both tests this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No doctor could explain why. All I can say is trust what you saw--and your mother intuition.
Good luck and stay safe

Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2001 - 1:09pm
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My five year old is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. He experienced anaphylactic shock last year within fifteen seconds after eating three pieces of cashews. He tested extremely allergic to peanuts, cashews, and pistachios (he was not tested to all nuts but I suspect a few more). Last week we had him retested and he still tested positive to peanuts and pistachios (also slightly to salmon and sesame) but negative to cashews. I truly believe if we had him retested to cashews he would be positive again so I would trust your own eyes.

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