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Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 6:36am
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Hi ... I'm Jen, mom to Pete, who is 18 mo. old and newly diagnosed with allergies to peanut and some tree nuts. I suspected that he had a mild allergy to peanut and pecan because he'd gotten tiny little red bumps around his mouth occasionally when he was expoesed to them, but I was shocked to find after his scratch test this week that his reaction to those plus walnuts were much more severe. We left the allergist with a prescription for Epi-pens and instructions to have a CAP-RAST test at the local childrens hospital, which we will do in the next couple of days.

I'm also pg with our 2nd child - due in December - so the allergist recommended that I avoid peanuts and tree nuts for the rest of my pg and while I'm nursing (which could mean I'm giving them up for a long time since my 18-mo-old still nurses some).

I've been trying to get info from my family and my dh's family about other food allergies - found out a few things I didn't know, including that my brother had a reaction to PB once when he was little (but interestingly, it hasn't happened again).

This is all so new to me ... I'm just trying to get all the info I can to keep my ds safe. I'm glad to know there are places like this where I can learn from the experiences of others.

Jen

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 10:06pm
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Hi Jen,
I'm new to all this as well (you can see my sort of intro / rant above)
I just wanted to tell you how lucky you are to find out in an allergy test. Jessica is only 12 month. When she was 9m the Dr said he wanted to do allergy testing if her skin didn't clear up . . .well, unfortuniately, her skin cleared up and she wasn't tested. We learned the hard way . . .but the important thing was we learned about it.
I'm just starting my research. This site is awsome as is the faan ([url]http://www.foodallergy.org[/url]). I did a google.com search for peanut allergy and got loads of sites - mostly out of the USA. All the food allergy programs outside of the USA are incredible (makes me want to move! :-) )
If you want I can e-mail you a list of things I got and we sites I visited (and printed out)
The whole cross-contamination thing is what I find the most interesting and the most frightening.
It helps so much to know you're not alone - and you're not.
Deb

Posted on: Fri, 10/11/2002 - 5:10am
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Jen:
Try IM Healthy Soy nut butter (available in the health food section of the grocery usually). It truly tastes so much like pb that I don't even miss it anymore. Soy products are great if your son is not allergic to legumes but be careful of soynuts as they can be produced on the same lines as "real" nuts.
Best wishes.
Jaime =)

Posted on: Sat, 10/26/2002 - 9:33pm
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Hi Jen ~
Make sure your doctor prescribed an Epi, Pen, JR. Sometimes they prescribe the regular Epi Pen and the dosage is too much for a tiny baby.
Gosh, you hang in there. Those first few months are hard aren't they? Let us know if we can help.
I have 3 children. My 16 year old is fine - no allergies. My 8 year old has a peanut allergy as well as a treenut allergy. He has eczema as well. I also have a 21 month old baby and I made sure I didn't eat a single nut product while I was pregnant and didn't eat any while I nursed for 12 months. I am keeping the baby's diet nut free for as long as I can. I don't know if I can do this again =) Good luck to you.

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