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Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 12:07pm
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Shirley-I was in your shoes just a few weeks ago! I can related totally. My son had a questionable reaction when he was about 14 months. I say questionable as I was told by a doctor two years later that it was questionable. At the time, my son had a negative blood test & positive skin test. We had the skin test redone in August of this year (He is 3 now). It was negative. My allergist felt that it was likely he had outgrown it or never had it. We scheduled a challenge in his office. He stated that we could do it in a hospital but most insurances would not cover very well. His office is right next to hospital. I was worried also about life threatening reaction. He reassured me that they had handled anaphylactic reactions to all kinds of things in his office. Anyway, with his reassurance we did the challenge. I had dialed 911 on my cell phone, with the call button ready to be pushed-I was so worried. Long story short-he passed with flying colors. No reaction whatsoever. It has been an enormous burden lifted off of us!! As you can imagine. You need to follow your comfort level. If you feel only safe in a hospital then enforce that. We were literally next door & I felt comfortable with the ER being a minute away. Also, I decided how much PB to give him in my mind before hand after reading other posts. I just had trouble trusting anyone with this. The nurse was amused by me I think. I gave Josh half of what the allergist recomended at first & timed everything myself also. I just had to in order to feel safe. So, it was well worth it for our family. He has had PB & peanut snacks & no reactions whatsoever. My epis expire in October so I am making sure he is OK while I still have them. It is a whole other world for eating out, shopping, activities. I totally empathize with your fear though!! I was petrified. I would talk to your allergist until you feel comfortable. Ask him how he has handled reactions in the past, what the plan is if your child reacts, etc. it really helped me. Good luck in whatever you decide is best for you!! Take care, Amy

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 9:07pm
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Amymarie thankyou for your post, it has reassured me. Our allergist is at the Montreals Childrens Hospital, she is very good, is allergic herself and some members of her family as well, so I totally trust her, she already told me that she will start with very tiny particles inside the lip, the the tongue etc.. until actually a whole bite. I hope Kasey will cooperate, she is scared too, I have not transposed my fear onto her at all, she has spoken about it saying she doesn't want to go, but she understands how important it is. Anyways I think we will go through with it. I will pray until then and after and I will keep you guys posted on everything. Thank you and of course I would love some more responses.
Shirley

Posted on: Sun, 09/29/2002 - 11:44am
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Shirley-Good luck & keep us posted on how it goes. I did not think Josh would eat peanut butter, either, but he loves chocolate. The allergist let me bring Reeces PB cups instead of PB. Just an idea if she refuses the PB. Take care. Amy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 09/29/2002 - 12:36pm
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I agree with ACBaay. I would not do the challenge until at least age 5, due to the fact that you might be decreasing or eliminating the chance that she could outgrow the allergy if you introduce it sooner.

Posted on: Sun, 09/29/2002 - 11:40pm
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Do the children willingly eat the peanut butter without a fight? My daughter would put up a FIGHT! She'd be very, very scared.

Posted on: Mon, 09/30/2002 - 4:30am
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Kathy-I wasn't sure if my son would eat PB or not, so we used candy. He loved it & I had to fight with him not to eat more before the doctor said.
Gadget, I asked my allergist about this issue & he felt like one food challenge would not affect the allergy one way or another. I am not arguing, as I have no clue, just explaining why we went ahead & did the food challenge. He explained that he only recommends challenges if both skin & blood tests are negative & there has not been a reaction for quite awhile. Amy

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 10:53am
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I will go ahead with the food challenge, but I will not introduce peanuts or pb in her diet. I just want to know if I should keep panicing everytime I see a another kid eating pb and then approaching my kid.

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2006 - 12:06am
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My son was also allergic to dairy and eggs when he was younger. He is now 14. I was not well informed or advised when he was young. He could tolerate milk products when they were cooked. He had them regularly. I did the food challenge on my own! More bad advice. But in the end, he did outgrow the allergy and is now a milk hound. I can't keep up with the amount of milk my sons drink.
I would be anxious for the food challenge since dairy is so commonly outgrown. Can you push to have it done earlier?
By the way, I am also a Patty from NY. I now live in North Carolina. A good friend of mine teaches at the high school in your town.
[This message has been edited by StartingOver (edited April 26, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 04/26/2006 - 2:13am
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my son is also alergic to milk along with other things, but we have found he can tollerate some types of dairy. i never thought twice about serving it to him since he dosnt have a reaction to it. (if he has a reaction its usually just diaherea...)
he can have it in items like pretzles and breads ...
this is going to sound a little stupid, but whats so wrong with serving it to him????

Posted on: Thu, 04/27/2006 - 12:19pm
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My understanding(and I could be wrong) is to totally avoid all food that he tested positive for. I was also told that even though there is no outward sign, there may be alot going on inside.
My friends baby had always gotten sick from milk, so she stopped giving it to her. Since her child never showed any reactions to the "cooked or processed" dairy items, my friend gave her the food on a regular basis. Now at 5, she is seeing a GI, apparently the denatured milk protein did some type of damage to her intestines.

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