How Many First Reactions at 18 Months of Age?

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 6:20pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

pI have just read about another child possibly have a PA reaction at the age of 18 /
for me, it almost seems like a "magic number" with PA. 18 months seems to be the time a lot of our children had their first reaction./p
pJesse had his first reaction to PA at 18 months. It was what I consider a very slight reaction that had disappeared by the time we got to emerg. However, they did recognize it as PA./p
pHow many of us have children that reacted at 18 months of age (if I don't get many answers, when I get some time, I'll go back through and read every post and list everyone who says their child had their first reaction at 18 months old. LOL!)? I'm actually wondering why this is. Obviously, we didn't heed that you shouldn't feed your child peanuts or nuts until after the age of 3 (now up-ed to 5), but why did 18 months seem okay to a lot of us?/p
pSo, any first reactions at 18 months?/p
pThank-you and best wishes! [img][/img]/p

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 12:00am
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Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Hi Cindy, I hope you don't mind me sharing my experience here, although it was different from yours. I like to let people know that they shouldn't feel guilty for not waiting until 3 years! (I've posted this other places so people can skip my story if they want to!) We did wait until my daughter was 3 1/4 to offer any peanut or nut products. Leah had had a severe dairy allergy as an infant and toddler, so our allergist recommended we wait on nuts and peanuts as a precaution. We did, and she is very allergic to both!!! With my new baby we will wait until he is five, I think, and then probably do so in a doctor's office. This is my own idea; I'll have to see what the allergist says, of course. In Leah's case, I think she was exposed through all the nuts and peanuts I ate while breastfeeding - trying to get "high quality" nutrition into my dairyless diet!!! Live and learn, eh?!
Oh, I forgot to mention that my husband and I do have resentment that none of the doctors ever told me to avoid nuts and peanuts while breastfeeding, just not to give them to Leah directly. Now it seems like a "no brainer", especially since I knew that I had to avoid dairy because it would cause problems for her through my milk. At the time I just never made the connection, sadly!
[This message has been edited by California Mom (edited January 14, 2001).]

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 12:39am
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Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

My son had his first reaction at 12 months, but had his first anaphylactic reaction at 18 months.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 12:48am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I had no intention of giving Adam peanut products until he was at least 3 years old.
He was 10 months old when he had peanut butter accidently. It had to be a trace. I had peanut butter on some toast, and broke off a piece of the crust and gave it to him, checking that there was no peanut butter on that piece. After eating it, he immediately threw up. I thought he had choked on the bread, until he then broke out in facial hives. My mother was there, and I remember I kept telling her that I didn't give him any peanut butter.
He has since had a positive skin test to confirm, and luckily, no exposures since his first. He is now 5 years and 2 months.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 1:02am
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Kevin's first exposure was accidental, at 14 months. However, he had been having all sorts of "mystery" digestive and respiratory problems all along - probably because I was eating the stuff while breastfeeding.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 2:33am
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Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

Wade's first and only reaction was at or about 18 months and was anaphylactic.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 3:41am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son was just past 18 months (20 months). His exposure was accidental; playing with closed acrylic peanut butter jars from the pantry. One of the lids came loose (not off) releasing fumes. He broke out in severe hives and his eyes swelled, benedryl brought it under control (repeated doses). We now have 4 Epi-pen Jr.'s.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 5:22am
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Joined: 05/15/2000 - 09:00

Evan was 14 months old when he had a bite of a peanut butter cookie, and had his one and only reaction.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 9:03am
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Joined: 01/13/2001 - 09:00

Joshua had his first reaction at 18 months (you know already). He was colicky as a baby so I was very stingy with new foods. I don't know when I would have given it, but he had his at the babysitter. I wonder if this age is so common because they begin eating finger foods & become more "toddler like" so they are offered foods with PB more. And PB & J is so popular! Also, my pediatrician just recommended limiting PB until one year of age.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 9:42am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

First reaction here around 15 months, diagnosed at 18 months.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 10:12am
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Amymarie, I think you've hit the nail on the head with your reason of why so many children react around the age of 18 months old. They're being introduced to grown-up people food, past baby food, etc. Also, even if we had all known not to introduce peanuts/nuts into our children's diets until 3 or 5 years of age, what is stopping the babysitter or MIL or Grandmother from doing that unless we have made a really clear poster and placed it on our child?
I remember my MIL asking me if Jesse liked pb at maybe a year old and I said I didn't know because I didn't eat pb and we didn't have it in the house. But, obviously, it is considered a usual food for a child to try and people do wonder if your child likes it or not.
I definitely do agree that it has to do with our children being introduced to more solid, grown-up people foods.
I have two kids running wild behind me right now so I can't even think coherently (not that I can at the best of times!).
I'm going to close. I probably had more to add but can't think of it right now.
Best wishes! [img][/img]


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