no reaction......when can we relax?

Posted on: Wed, 08/26/2009 - 1:38pm
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Hi, my 9 year old son was diagnosed with Peanut allergies ( along with many , many other foods ) as a baby. he has since outgrown all but the nut allergies, and bananas, and also has asthma and seasonal allergies. We have been very fortunate that over the years, he has only had one minor reaction to peanuts
( at a baseball game where there were peanut shells everywhere.....he experienced some scratchy throat symptoms- benedryl seemed to take care of it right away). Today we were at a fair and my (%$*&$@!) in-laws fed him several french fries- as I walked up , I saw him eating them and asked them if they had checked the oil ( it was at their churches food booth) . my mil said, oh yes, it is fine they don't use peanut oil- I asked last year!" I told her she needed to ask again, just to make sure, so she went off to ask- returned and very non-chalant says" oh, they ARE using peanut oil now- they used to not, but I guess they do now...." My FIL just looks at my son, and says" oh....Sorry, honey." I wanted to slap them both!!! My poor kid starts freaking out crying, I'm trying to calm him down- we gave him a dose of benedryl right away, but he is having a panic attack so it's hard to tell - he's not sure if he is having trouble cuz he's too upset. I finally got him to relax a little, and he was fine, but I'm still worried of course! I gave him another dose of benedryl before I put him to bed tonight and he asked me if I would sleep in his room, which I will .......I assume if he is ok in the morning we are past the time he might react....???? He has always showed HUGE allergies for peanuts on both skin and blood work testing, so it makes me nervous that one day he is really going to have a bad reaction- his Dr.s have always had us carry the full regiman of emergency meds just in case. Thanks for any input! Jen

Posted on: Sat, 10/17/2009 - 5:26am
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Our allergist told us that peanut oil was fine (or that most kids tolerate it) though cold expressed peanut oil is not ok? I am new to this (1 year old daughter diagnosed a week ago!), so I could have this wrong....I have seen similar info on other sites though.

Posted on: Sun, 10/18/2009 - 4:18am
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You can never relax.
No reactions means you are being vigilant and doing a great job. (provided there is an allergy and pos. test, and history of reaction.)
Relaxing will almost certainly lead to a reaction.
It's certainly a lifestyle change and one you have to maintain. You don't have to be stressed or uptight about it. But you do have to practice safe eating habits and label reading.
Regarding peanut oil-cold pressed to my knowledge is less processed and can contain peanut protein. Severely processed peanut oil is okay for most. The less processed it is, the more dangerous it becomes. We personally avoid all peanut oil and nut oils period.

Posted on: Sun, 10/18/2009 - 6:55am
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Thanks for clarifying the info on the peanut oils. If I were the OP I would not assume your child is PA free based on the peanut oil ingestion without a reaction, since it seems some of those can be ingested safely (though clearly I will not be starting to cook or let our daughter eat anything cooked in peanut oil....not worth the risk!)

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