Testing Siblings for PA

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2012 - 7:04am
jacksdaddy's picture
Joined: 08/21/2006 - 09:00

My son has a peanut allergy and I was wondering how everyone tests their other children. We also have a 3 and 2 year old that have never seen a peanut in their life. I want them to try them so we can know if they are also allergic but my wife is very much against it. I just want the peace and mind of knowing one way or the other. Do you have your other children try peanuts? If so, under what conditions? Thanks!


Posted on: Tue, 02/07/2012 - 3:04pm
lauralee_1982's picture
Joined: 02/07/2012 - 21:36

Hello, I only have one child right now and she has a peanut allergy. We are currently trying to conceive and I know that I plan to have our children tested at the allergist before I give them peanuts. I feel it will be much better to test in a controlled enviornment rather than just trying peanut butter and possibly have to call an ambulance. That's what I plan to do hope it helps with your decision. I agree with you that it is better to know for peace of mind.

Posted on: Sun, 02/12/2012 - 9:17am
lto's picture
Joined: 02/12/2012 - 16:01

I have a peanut / tree nut allergic daughter. Prior to learning about this, we fed our son peanut butter. He LOVED it. When we found out about our daughter's allergy, we removed PB from the house.
Several months later, by chance, I had my son at the allergist. While there, they tested him for peanuts. My son is not allergic to peanuts, and the allergist said it was important to allow him to eat peanut products. Apparently, there is a belief that DELAYING introduction can increase the odds of developing an allergy.
Can you have them tested by your allergist? That's what I would do, just for peace of mind. Had we known about our daughter's allergy earlier, I would not have served him the peanut butter - I'd have been too nervous! I got lucky.

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2012 - 1:40pm
peanutskill's picture
Joined: 10/26/2011 - 18:18

my oldest daughter is severley allergic to peanuts bad bad bad...when my son was 1.5 years old I had him tested and it was negative...I am wanting to get my other daughter tested she is 2.5 years old now I know she has not been exposed to peanuts and it really scares me....thanks for bringing this up. I think I will call and make an appointment tomorrow!

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