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Posted on: Fri, 12/21/2007 - 6:35pm
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Hello,

I have a 5 yo dd who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. When she was about 4-6 months old, and still exclusively breastfed, we noticed that she always had eczema. She had bright red cheeks and rough patches elsewhere on her body. We contacted her pediatrician (no longer her pediatrician) who told us it was dry skin and to put some mineral oil on it. When that didn't help, we began to research online. I began to systematically eliminate foods from my diet (already restricted because she had symptoms of GI intolerance when I consumed dairy). When I eliminated nuts, her skin miraculously cleared. A retrial of nuts brought the eczema back. I wish I had known about the potential for nuts in my diet to have such an effect on her, but I never heard from any of my doctors or read in any of my "Expecting" or nursing books about avoiding nuts during pregnancy or lactation.

We have been living with her food allergies ever since. Reading food labels, packing her own food to restaurants and family gatherings, and warning family members until they remember (ok, still working on that one) have been a way of life as long as we can recall. Her first, and only (knock-on-wood) accidental reaction since she was an infant occured last month. She had a tiny slice (1/16th) of a pumpkin pie that did not have nuts in the ingredient list, but was made on shared equipment.

We continue to hope that research will someday provide a treatment that will at least give her a larger "buffer" if not cure her food allergies. I am very grateful for this site as a source of information and support. I look forward to discussing with all of you!

Posted on: Sat, 12/22/2007 - 1:57am
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Welcome Nothingnutty. Way to go for recognizing your dd's symptoms and in tolerances/allergies right away. Many of us were not that fortunate. Also a good reminder to others about shared lines and reactions.

Posted on: Sat, 12/22/2007 - 8:20am
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Hi There...
Ihave heard many people talk about the early "sensitzation" (sp?) to peanuts through breast milk.... I am once again surprized that it never comes up when you are expecting and they are telling oyu everything else...
welcome
Therese

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