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Posted on: Thu, 07/24/2003 - 8:11am
ophie's picture
Joined: 07/24/2003 - 09:00

Thank god for this site. It's reassuring to hear others talk about their experiences. My husband and I are really going through a lot right now. We just found out our 1 year old has PA. She only had a mild reaction - hives on her face. However, our allergist told us future reactions could be fatal. Of course I left the doctor's office in tears. We're still trying to get over the shock, and we're trying to stop blaming ourselves. My OB had told me not to eat peanuts while I was pregnant but I had the "it's not going to happen to me" mentality. I didn't go overboard and eat tons of peanut butter everyday but I didn't avoid peanuts altogether. So now I have a PA child and I really believe it's all my fault. I'm praying that we will get through this but my husband and I are absolutely devastated.

Posted on: Thu, 07/24/2003 - 8:16am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Eating peanuts while pregnant is not necessarily going to cause PA in your child. We have members here (I think Cindy is one of them) who don't like peanuts and didn't eat them during their pregnancy, and the child still has PA. So even if you had abstained from peanuts during the pregnancy, this would be no guarnatee that you would not have had a PA child.
There is a lot of info here at PA.COM to help you. This allergy is manageable. You just need the education and experience to deal with the allergy. Read the info here at this site. Do a "search" on topics that interest you. Ask questions that you may have. You are not alone and this site and the people here will help you [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 07/24/2003 - 1:23pm
wendysco's picture
Joined: 05/03/2003 - 09:00

Ophie- repeat after me "it is not my fault". It's very scary and a little overwhelming at first but you will find tons of info, support and help on this board. The more you learn, the more you take charge, the more you learn that you can keep your child safe. Welcome to the boards.

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 1:59pm
KarenH's picture
Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

It is NOT your fault. If it was, way more kids would be PA because everyone who has had kids and ate PB would've ended up with PA kids. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My son has no allergies, and I ended up with them at 30 yrs old. So please don't blame yourself.

Posted on: Tue, 07/29/2003 - 1:06am
mattchrismom's picture
Joined: 02/12/2003 - 09:00

I think it is a mom thing to blame yourself but it is not your fault. I didn't eat peanuts or peanut butter through my first pregnancy and Matthew ended up with pa, my SIL ate peanut butter everyday during her pregnancy and no pa in any of her 4 children. So I honestly don't believe all that about eating peanuts while pregnant.
You will find a lot of support on this site and will develope a comfort zone for you and your family soon.

Posted on: Tue, 07/29/2003 - 3:55am
KarenT's picture
Joined: 10/30/1999 - 09:00

We were in your position just 12 years ago when I gave my 1 year old PB on toast (but we did not have this site!). Educate yourself and your family and enjoy your child.

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