Introduce Peanut Later - No Allergy?

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 2:48am
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I just posted a different thread about what age your child was when they had their first reaction and I notice, for the most part, that most of us introduced the dreaded thing before the recommended age of 3 (apparently it has now gone to age 5).

This is for two segments of people - for those of us who did that and introduced the peanut at an earlier than recommended age and for those of us who either ourselves or our child developed the allergy at a later age having had peanut exposure all along, or having had it only after the recommended age of 3. Does this make sense?

Anyway, do you feel if you had introduced peanut into your child's diet later they wouldn't be allergic now?

For me, and I'm not clear why, I feel that my son would still be PA regardless of the fact that I introduced peanut to him at 18 months old and did not eat peanut butter or a lot of peanuts when I was pregnant with him and there are no hereditary factors either. Somehow I still believe he would be allergic.
I think's it's simply his own, unique immune system.

However, and this may completely disprove what I have just said above, but my daughter has never been exposed to peanut products as I was pregnant with her when Jesse had his first reaction. She was just tested at 3 years of age for PA and is negative. Have I just negated everything I said above?

What does everyone else think about themselves/their child? Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited November 04, 2000).]

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 5:48am
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Cindy, I can tell you from my perspective, I believe that Wade would be allergic regardless. Wade's allergist told me, after listening to me beat myself up over this, that we could have waited till Wade was 5 or older and it would not have mattered, he would still be allergic to peanuts.
I tend to believe that serious allergies are genetic in origin, but manifest themselves differently in future generations. In our case, I am allergic to certain shellfish, crab and mussels to be specific. My husband's cousin is allergic to salmon which, by the way I also believe Wade is allergic to and will find out for sure when we see the allergist at the end of November. Wade's allergy showed up as peanut but who knows what the allergy will/could be in the next generation. Neither of my other 2 children have food allergies but does that mean that they can't pass the allergy on to their kids.
So many questions!
Regards,
Katiee

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 6:21am
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Hmmm. Well, I first introduced pb to my daughter (not PA so far as we know) at about 10mo. She did fine, and ate pbjs for lunch up until Matt's 2nd reaction, when she was 22mo. We never did 'introduce' it to Matt. His sister did that, I guess. lol The pb touched his lip the first time at about 6mo, and touched his hands and mouth again at 10mo. His two reactions. After that, we threw the stuff out and haven't bought anything obviously peanut since. In answer to the question... yes, I think Matt would have been allergic no matter when he was exposed. Don't have a clue WHY I feel that way, but I do. For starters, allergies are prevalent on both sides of the family. And also, I guess in part because from the day he was born I knew there was always going to be something different (medically) about him. Not necessarily serious, but just always something. That was 22mo ago, and so far he's proved me right. Every day there is something....

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 6:30am
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There is a genetic link to this disease and I believe Troy inherited his allergies. My brother is peanut/tree nut allergic, my father has eczema, and my husband has environmental allergies and asthma. I did not eat anything with peanuts or nuts in it while trying to become pregnant, during the pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Troy reacted on his very first exposure!

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 7:22am
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Cindy-
I'm thinking that we're "wired" to be allergic or not. The difference in introducing later in life is to hopefully lessen their reactibility??/ They will have a more mature immune system when they finally come in contact that they will have a lesser reaction.(??) It's been a while since I talked with my allergist, so I'm not completely sure this is totally the way it goes...

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 7:51am
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I tend to think what someone else posted...you either are allegic or not. I have no allergies...my husband had pollen, ragweed, etc as a child and had to take shots (now for the most part has outgrown them). He also had asthma as a child..and has outgrown it. There are NO other food allergies in either family. My daughter had mild excema as a baby (and seems to get it in the fall/winter on her legs only), is PA and appears to have the beginnings of asthma (that "strange little cough" after running around)....The recommended age for introducing PB from our pediatrican (and most that I have heard from) is one year of age (if you have no allergies in the family). Since there were no prevalent allergies in either family (again, except my husbands ragweed, etc as a child)...I introduced PB at 13 months. I have been told that if allergies run in the family (which now I consider that they do!!) to introduce after 3 years of age)...I just think that my daughter inherited most of my husbands "health" genes (and the environmental allergies manifested itslef into a food allergy)....I still pray that she will outgrow the PA...and will have her re-tested after 3 year of age.

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 8:42am
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My son never had peanuts until age 3, and then he didn't like them so he never had peanutbutter or anything. He tested positive, but with no history of reaction, he may not be allergic after all. However, I do think that if I had introduced peanuts earlier, he would be more severely allergic than he is now (if he is at all.)
On the other hand, I introduced peanutbutter to my daughter at around 1 1/2 years old, and I believe she is not allergic. She has never reacted, but because of Ben and the recommendations, I don't feed her nuts anymore (she's 2 1/2.) I think I could have given her peanutbutter as a baby and she would have been fine.
So I agree with the being "wired" for allergy. I think earlier exposure might make it more severe, but it would be there anyway. I also think that the gallons of milk Ben used to drink really messed him up, and he would have been better off not having it, or at least having less and at a later age. I gave it to him as a baby--not much, but I think it affected him.

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 10:21am
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I really don't know what to think. I definitely believe in that theory of waiting until later to introduce peanuts to avoid it. I agree that certain people are "wired" for allergies. In the case of food allergies, if a food is introduced too soon and the person is wired for allergies the immune system will freak out and over react. What I've heard on the peanut allergy is that, if introduced to early, the immature digestive system cannot properly break down the peanut proteins, they enter into the bloodstream in a more pure form and the body attacks them. From then on the immune system is alerted to overreact to the protein every time in gets into the body. Some part of me believes that had I waited until my son was older to introduce it, he may have had a chance of his body NOT reacting to it. The daycare center he was attending introduced him to peanut butter at 8 months of age--way too soon. I wish they hadn't done that but I really didn't know anything back then. My daughter (my oldest) is not allergic but then she probably didn't have peanut butter until she was 2 years old. Then again, she doesn't appear to be "wired" for allergies like my son. I do believe that if a person is not "wired" for allergies it won't matter when you feed peanuts, their systems just won't react.
Christine

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 3:05pm
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Well, I think that unless you are already living with a PA person it is impossible to NOT introduce peanuts at an early age. We all know how hard it is to avoid the little buggers especially when you factor in cross contamination and prenatal/breastfeeding exposures. Because of this, I feel almost all children are exposed either directly or indirectly early on.
My kids - as far as I know - were never exposed because of my PA however, they are both PA. So, there is a genetic factor. I think that if peanuts are COMPLETELY avoided until a later age, then most children with allergic tendencies would have an immune system mature enough to handle peantus. When exposed early though, the immature immune system in not able to handle the peanut protein and thus sees it as an enemy invader causing the allergic response.
Rebekah

Posted on: Sun, 11/05/2000 - 11:40am
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I often wonder whether my son would still be allergic if I had introduced it at a later age. He ate peanut butter when he turned one. It never even occurred to me that he could have a reaction. My husband has a mild allergy to some dogs and cats. Other than that, there are no other allergies (except to my cousins two boys who are allergice to peanuts and tree nuts). I do know that I craved peanut/peanut butter when I was pregnant and definitely had more than my fair share. I still wonder if this is why my son is allergic or did the pediatrician tell us to introduce it when he was too young.

Posted on: Sun, 11/05/2000 - 12:40pm
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My 6 year old tested pos. at the age of 6 mo. She was tested because of skin problems and a family history. So, PB never was introduced. She has had a few reactions from accidental, minimal and sometimes contact exposures. My 3 year old tested pos. at age 1, and has never had a reaction or an exposure. So, I do think they would be allergic, no matter when the exposure would occur.

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