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Posted on: Thu, 07/12/2001 - 12:19pm
chasie's picture
Joined: 07/20/2000 - 09:00

I have read that coconut doesn't have anything to do w/ PA. But my pa son who loves the stuff alway has bad daipers after eating the stuff. It's like he just poured the bag in his daiper. He just can't brake it up right. Anyone had it happen or something like this?

Posted on: Thu, 07/12/2001 - 1:26pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Well, I hope that some of the parents with PA/coconut kids will respond to this, because I can't comment on what an allergic response to it might be.
I can tell you that my PA 2yo loves shredded coconut on many things, and that I think your diaper woes *could* be from the very high fiber content of dried/shredded coconut. Remember that toddlers don't macerate their food the way you or I would, as well.... thus the nasty little bits of carrots and peas... and crayons and hair, etc. LOL! It sometimes seems that half of what my kid eats ends up virtually unchanged! Blueberries are our worst enemy that way because my dd is happy to consume her weight in them each day. You say that your son really likes coconut, right? It might just be all the fiber.
Hope this helps! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2001 - 3:59am
chasie's picture
Joined: 07/20/2000 - 09:00

Thank you

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2001 - 4:17am
SCMom's picture
Joined: 06/10/2001 - 09:00

I agree with Val about the problem probably being caused by the amount of fiber. On a side note, I see you are from Charleston. I am in Mt. Pleasant. I have meet one other Mom of a PA child in this area. We would love to hear from you about your local experiences, advice, etc... Please feel free to e-mail me directly at [email]tmhipps@netzero.net[/email] Thanks! SCMom

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2001 - 4:22am
SCMom's picture
Joined: 06/10/2001 - 09:00

I agree with Val. I bet the problem is the amount of fiber. On a side note, I see you are from Charleston. I am in Mt. Pleasant. I have meet one other Mom of a PA child in this area. We would love to hear from you about your local experiences, advice, etc... Please feel free to e-mail me directly at [email]tmhipps@netzero.net[/email] Thanks! SCMom

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2001 - 8:14am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Coconut is a tree nut, so you should have your son tested for it.

Posted on: Fri, 07/13/2001 - 11:28am
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

Coconut is not a tree nut, it is a fruit. Having said that, there are people who are allergic to coconut just as there are people allergic to other fruits. If you are in doubt, have your child tested.
Take care,
Katiee (Wade's mom)

Posted on: Sat, 07/14/2001 - 10:12am
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

I posed this question on another forum and discovered that Coconut is part of the Palm Family and should not be a problem for PA. Above is the website someone gave me. Good Luck.....

Posted on: Sun, 07/15/2001 - 3:53pm
MattsMom's picture
Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

My son is allergic to both peanuts and coconut. He has not had the problems of undigested coconut 'bits', but then, he has only had coconut in oil form.
As near as we can figure it, he developed the allergy from his formula (Carnation Good Start) after a week or so on it. As far as I know, he was not exposed to it before that. (I don't like coconut, so I know I didn't eat anything while breastfeeding that blatanly had coconut in it) Again "as near as we can figure" all the problems he had as an infant were caused by the coconut allergy. I say this for two reasons (aside from the fact he has since tested positive for the coconut and the formula did not contain any of the other things he tested positive to). These are: during the time he was having all these problems he was eating formula and formula ONLY, and we've since learned that all of his symptoms CAN in fact be allergy-related. There's also the bit about having never found any OTHER explanation for his problems, despite having seen a GI and having numerous tests done.
All that said... Here is a list of the symptoms he had during his formula days. All greatly diminished the more table foods and less formula we gave him (after we introduced solids, that is), and all disappeared completely once the formula was stopped completely. The entire time he was on formula solely (3mo to about 7mo) he ate 40-48oz of the stuff a day.
*Chronic diarrhea (foamy, mucousy (which suggests malabsorbtion) diarrhea)
excessive discharge from the eyes (this one hasn't actually stopped completely, but is NOTHING like it was on formula)
*Ashen color
*Weight loss
*Failure to gain adequate weight (he was diagnosed FTT at 5mo)
*Monthly 'eating strikes' (he would eat maybe 5-8oz a day for about a week out of the month...curiously this would be the one week out of the month he would gain weight)
*Periods of lethargy (generally the same week as the no eating)
*Refusal to eat while being held (we had to lay him on the floor on his side so he could arch his back BIG time (which I now know could have been a sign of silent reflux) to get him to eat)
I avoid ALL forms of coconut with him now. Even in sunscreens and things. His infancy was such a scary time and he looked SOO awful (and I'm sure FELT awful) that I don't mess with the coconut allergy period. He's never ingested or even touched the coconut meat, and if he had that many problems and was affected that much by just the OIL in his formula...I'm scared to find out what would happen if he did... it scares me almost as much as the PA/TNA!!
I hope that helps! :-) (had to fix a typo)
[This message has been edited by MattsMom (edited July 16, 2001).]

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