How Many Diagnosed at 18 Months of Age Mark or Thereabouts?

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 1:10am
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pThis question came to my mind from another thread that is currently running under Introductions. I was fairly clear that I hadbr /
asked this question before, but did a search and nothing came up (then, of course, it only shows a maximum of 200 topics when you do a search [img][/img] )/p
pHow many PA children were diagnosed or had their first reaction at 18 months of age?/p
pJesse did. He was exactly 18 months old (well, not the exact date, the 4th of the month or anything, but you know what I mean)./p
pIf this does turn out to be something common among us, what do you think the reason for this would be?/p
pMy thoughts? First of all, I didn't know that you weren't supposed to let your children eat peanut/tree nut products until the age of three. I really didn't know a lot of people with a child Jesse's age, but I do know that my SIL was feeding her children pb by the age of one. It was just something I never thought about. Now, I also didn't feed Jesse pb at age one but only because I hate pb so why should he try it?/p
pI believe I had heard from his doctor that he shouldn't try egg until he was a year old. But other than that, seven years ago, I simply followed the Gerber rules (that's what I call them) on what you feed your baby and when. Start out with the rice cereal, etc., progression to the veggies (*proper* colours first, etc.), fruits, you get my drift./p
pSo, I was ignorant about that./p
pBased on this ignorance, I had already fed Jesse tree nuts (walnuts and almonds) in pesto that we made. Also, ignorance again when it came time to give him the piece of chocolate bar with the peanut in it (Eatmore bar). I didn't know that peanuts were legumes and not tree nuts. So, I thought because he had already tried walnuts and almonds (and probably cashews) and different seeds, that it was okay for him to try the peanut chocolate bar./p
pSo, really big-time ignorance on my part on two counts./p
pThe other thing I think it might be is that at 18 months you're pretty well finished with the baby food thing unless you go into the Toddler meals. I remember Jesse finished eating baby food (the biggest jars and more chunky) at 18 months of age. So, of course, he was trying more *big* people food./p
pInterestingly enough, Ember was trying *big* people food younger, at just over a year. However, because I was pregnant with Ember when Jesse had his reaction/diagnosis, she was never fed tree nuts or peanuts when it came to the *big* people food./p
pAt any rate, I did kinda side-track but when I saw the thread about another 18 month old, just diagnosed, I simply had to raise the question. I do believe it is quite common./p
pMany thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]/p

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 2:17am
HaydensMom's picture
Joined: 08/13/2002 - 09:00

Hayden was 4 days from turning 18 months old when he had his first reaction. It was severe and he almost died. It has been almost 8 mos since that happened and the only reaction since then was a mild skin reaction. So we are doing pretty good!
Stay Safe!

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 2:24am
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Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

I had noticed this, too, Cindy. My son was 18 months when we connected the hives/vomiting to some crackers we were giving him. He was tested a week or so later. I think you are right when you mention the connection to finishing the mushy baby food and going on to *bigger people food*. I made a lot of my own baby food for him and stuck to introducing things by the recommended schedule (can't remember now, but certain veggies before others - and I did follow the egg white advise). I introduced strawberries/kiwis last.... When I look back - maybe I shouldn't have given him tofu when he was 13 - 14 months ( even though, he doesn't have a soy allergy). I had started giving him toast fingers in the mornings and when he wanted more one day, I gave him the corner of mine, which had a smidgen of PB on it. Immediate hives and mucousy cough. Everything just came together then.
When I was nursing/introducing new foods and doing all my reading on babies/nutrition, etc,I don't remember ever reading that you shouldn't introduce peanut butter until much later ( I think later, I read 3 years of age or something- but initially, I read somewhere -and I wish i could find it now - 18 months). I did run across magazine articles after he was diagnosed. And I kicked myself for not being informed enough. I just wish the information I received too late gets out to other moms/dads/caregivers, so that they think twice about early PB introduction!
I think it will be interesting to see how many others were diagnosed around this *18 month* age. Great thread!
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Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 2:48am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

First taste of PB ever - 15 months. Reaction: vomitting w/in 2 hours.
Second taste of PB (clueless parents) - 18 months. Reaction: immediate vomitting, wheezing, hoarseness.
Not long after that, test and diagnosis: severely peanut and tree nut allergic.

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 2:50am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

My son was diagnosed at 15 months.
I purposely kept him from eating peanuts. I had met someone a few years previous whose daughter was PA and she had told me all about the allergy. I was horrified and thought how lucky I was my daughter didn't have that allergy.
When he was born, my son was rather sickly and had some medical problems as a baby. I was always worried about him and I never let him have nuts or peanuts. *I actually had a bad feeling that he was allergic to peanuts!!!* I have no idea why I thought that, but I've always thought it is VERY strange that I had a feeling. During this time my older daughter ate pb every day, but I never let my son have any.
My husband was taking the kids out somewhere one day without me and packed a lunch--peanut butter sandwiches. I really didn't want my son to have pb, but I thought I was being a control freak and overly protective because of his medical problems. I FORCED myself not to say anything about the pb. When he got back home several hours later, my son had hives & was lethargic. My husband said our son never ate it, just touched his mouth to it and refused it. We were so lucky!
Because his reaction didn't seem serious, I thought he didn't have it "bad" and I just kept him away from peanuts. About a month later he ate a bite of some cereal that had peanuts and he had a terrible reaction.
I've always wondered why I had that "feeling" about peanuts--why did I get the feeling he was allergic before he ever ate any? It's very mysterious to me.

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 4:13am
Fran's picture
Joined: 08/09/1999 - 09:00

Jamie's first reaction was also at 18 mos. Swelling, lots of congestion, hard to breathe. I didn't know WHAT had happened and thought she was allergic to my sister's perfume since she had just arrived at our house when Jamie's outbreak occured. I gave her some Triaminic and called the Pediatrician. He asked me what Jamie had for lunch and when I told him that lunch included a small amount of peanut butter also, he said that was "probably it -- not to worry". He told me to get some Benadryl and that I'd have to wait for 4 hours to give her some. The only thing that probably saved her was that the Triaminic counteracted the allergy slightly. I absolutely cringe now when I think of how close we were to losing her and how ignorant the Ped was to make us wait for all those hours for the Benadryl dose! Luckily with the help of a guardian angel I am sure, Jamie made it and was 100% better after the Benadryl. I didn't even know about Epipens or calling 911...I had NO idea that this allergy was a killer...apparently either did the Ped (btw, we no longer go to him!) Well, what's the expression..."You've come a long way, baby"...this says it all in how we deal with PA now!! Jamie is now 8 years old.
Stay Safe,

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 4:27am
Jodi's picture
Joined: 10/28/2000 - 09:00

Austin's first reaction was at 18 months also -- happened when his grandpa gave him a peanutbutter cookie. He started itching his nose about 10 minutes after eating it (we thought it was allergies as it was Fall and he had a cold at the time), but then his face and eyes started swelling and that "funny cough" started we have all talked about. Then the wheezing. We gave him benadryl and it got back under control fortunately. That is the only big reaction he has ever had and he is now 4 1/2 years old. Has gotten hives one other time on his face from touching a counter that had PB on it and then touched his face. Benadryl cleared that up in 10 minutes.

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 4:48am
ABreitner's picture
Joined: 07/02/2002 - 09:00

This is going to expose me as being remarkably stupid but here it is anyway.
Ben was only 13 months old when he first tasted peanut butter. He had already been diagnosed as being allergic to dairy and eggs and I was looking through my book "What to Expect the First Year" at the Best Odds Toddler Diet for help with what to feed him. Listed as a good source of protein was peanut butter. So I smeared some on a bit of oh so carefully prepared homemade bread and gave it to him. Within minutes his face swelled up like a balloon to the point you could not see his eyes and hives appeared all over his neck and face. He started snorting and mucus was flying out of his nose. I called his pediatrician who said to give Benedryl and head for the ER. I can't believe they did not tell me to call 911! I poured the Benedryl down his throat and raced to the hospital mostly looking at him in the rear view mirror. I was reassured when he started screaming because I knew he was breathing. By the time we made it to the ER you could see his eyes.
The reason I felt so dumb was because as the parent of a child who was already diagnosed with food allergies I should have been better educated about the possibility of peanut allergy. He had already been hospitalized for severe skin infection from eczema.
Now I am obsessive about learning everything I can about food allergies, about prevention, about all the issues that he will face.

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 6:46am
Isaiahs mom's picture
Joined: 04/30/2002 - 09:00

Hi. You raised a good question. Isaiah was also 18 months with first reaction. As you stated we had no idea to wait til three years. Do you know if the doctors are educating new moms now? I ask this because I am constantly seeing in parks ,grocery stores,etc. little ones with peanut butter crackers.

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 7:35am
CapeCodMom's picture
Joined: 07/12/2000 - 09:00

Christopher was diagnosed at his 15 month checkup. He had a mild reaction to a pb sandwich a month or so earlier. I also had read that you could start giving kids pb at 1 year, and it was good for them! All my friends with kids his age were doing the same thing. Earlier I had tried to give him pb crackers but he wouldn't go near them. Same thing with pbj sandwiches. This particular day, I took the sandwich apart and touched the jelly side to his lips. A few minutes later it looked at first like he had smeared jelly all over his face, it was all blotchy. I called the pediatrician and they said to give him Benadryl and if it got bad to call 911. Of course I didn't have any Benadryl in the house, so we flew to the drugstore. He fell asleep before I could even give it to him, and the pediatrician said to let him sleep but keep an eye on him. His face had cleared up on its own by then. He just had what I think was his second reaction today, from I don't know what. Please read my post today if you think you can help figure it out.

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 7:46am
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Joined: 09/28/2001 - 09:00

My daughter was 17 months old at the time of her first reaction. I bet the high percentage within this age range has to do with the time of introduction to new foods. I don't think you were ignorant Cindy--in fact, sounds like you put a lot of thought into it, reasoning that since your son had tree nuts, peanuts would probably be ok. If you want to hear about ignorance...I thought the reason why we don't give kids nuts was because it was a choking hazard. My daughter had her first reaction eating a small piece of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that barely had any peanut butter on it. If I had any idea of the potential dangers, I certainly would have made certain we avoided exposure, at least until age 3.
It sounds like a lot of people are blaming themselves. I know, I do it too, even though I wasn't the one that gave my daughter the peanut butter she reacted to. But before my family dealt with food allergies, introducing new foods was an exciting thing to do with your child, to be there when they experience new things. I don't think people are educated enough (in advance) about the potential threat of food allergies.


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