Exposing siblings to peanut

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PA and TNA DD has three younger siblings, all of whom have skin tested negative for peanut and tree nut allergy. They have never been exposed to peanuts or tree nuts. I wonder how other parents have handled exposing siblings to peanut etc. Should we take them and our Epi-pen Jrs. to a hospital cafeteria (right down the hall from the ER!) and let them eat a PB cracker? Should we do it at a friend's house? Dr. Wood has told us there is no reason to be worried with a negative skin test, but the thought of giving them peanut is scary! We don't want them to be exposed for the first time inadverdently at preschool.

On Jul 21, 2002

I just recently enquired about this to our allergist and we are going to have my non PA son try peanut butter in the hospital with our allergist. He is now 3 years old and we had him tested last year and his test was also negative but I also feel scared to give him peanut butter. We will arrange for this next year before he starts school.

On Jul 22, 2002

This is a question that's been on my mind a lot lately. I never had food allergies until after my first two kids were born. They both eat peanuts and pb. Since son number three was born after developing my allergy I have been worried about trying him with it. Originally, I decided NO PEANUTS until he was three. At three, I decided NO PEANUTS until he was four. Of course, at four I decided NO PEANUTS until forever.

Well, he did eat peanuts this year. I fought off an anxiety attack. Now, he has had *trace amounts* before. So, I feel this is not his first contact, but it is the first time he actually ate peanuts. Fortunately, no reaction. He enjoyed it, but no big deal either (unlike big brother who is a pb fanatic). We were not in a hospital, but I did have his epi-pen with me(insect bite allergy).

I'm still not totally at ease though. I will still not let him have peanuts regularly.

On Jul 22, 2002

Hi! My daughter is almost 4 and was diagnosed with a PA last July. I also have a 2 year old daughter who has not had any peanuts or peanut products. Our allergist (who worked under Dr. Wood at Johns Hopkins!) suggests testing our 2 yo at 3 to see if she is also PA. Until that time, I make sure she is as peanut free as her allergic sister! Even if my younger daughter tests negative, I won't rush to give her any peanuts. I will probably further test when she is 5 or so to make sure she would stay negative.

On Jul 22, 2002

WOW, I have been thinking about this alot lately too! My 4 1/2 yr old is PA/TNA/asthmatic and I took my 2 yr old to the allergist this past friday! He feels that I should continue to keep him nut free and test him at 4 yrs old. He has never been exposed and it will not show up on a blood test until he has been exposed to nuts. He said it used to be 3yrs old, but now they are saying to wait until 4 yrs old to expose...

I am happy to take his approach about being cautious and will continue to keep him nut free like his allergic brother. I still have to work out how I want to handle this in preschool; I think I will treat it the same as I do with my allergic child to keep things consistent for him and for the school so there is no confusion...

I am interested to hear how others are handling this issue also...thanks for raising the question! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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