New here with 17 month old

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I have been lurking on the boards for a couple of weeks, so I wanted to introduce myself. I have a 17 month old (almost 18 months old). My 16 month old broke out in hives after I ate honey nut cheerios. A few weeks later, she broke out in 1 inch hives after I ate a pb&j. Then, I ate walnuts a week later (in a broccoli salad), and she broke out in hives again. Our wonderful new ped ordered allergy testing and prescribed 5 EpiPens. She is allergic to peanuts, walnuts, almonds and pecans.

She is also dairy, soy and wheat allergic. She began reacting to the milk in my diet while she was still in the hospital nursery. (She was exclusively breastfed and never had one drop of formula.) My ped told me that the data on peanuts/tree nuts and nursing was not well documented and not to be concerned. I wish I had listened to my gut and not the doctor.

She had an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts (via contact or inhalation) last week, and we gave her epinephrine, albuterol and Benadryl and rushed her to the ER. Our house is totally nut free, since I never want to see my baby struggling to breathe again. I'm very sad to because she will probably not be among the lucky few who outgrew it, since she had a severe reaction.

She has asthma and eczema also. She's my baby of 4, and the first with any allergies. (We do have a strong family history of eczema and asthma.)

Anne

On Nov 30, 2004

Hi... I am so sorry to hear of your babies reaction! My little one was three with his first reaction just two month ago. He too is my youngest of three and the older girls have no allergies! Keep reading the posts here, it has given me a lot of knowledge and hope. Take care and all the best to you and your family. Lori

On Nov 30, 2004

Welcome to the board. Sorry to hear about your daughters severe reaction. I hope you are all doing well now.

There is a lot of information available here, and lots of people to ask questions of. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] You will find information about the other food allergies you are dealing with as well, there's lots of info here.

On Nov 30, 2004

Welcome Anne!

Don't beat up on yourself - you did the best you could with the info you had. My MD had told me to stop drinking milk while BFing because my son had bloody diapers after I drank milk, but when I asked him about other things in my diet affecting his wicked eczema and asthma, he didn't think anything else passed through breastmilk. Who knew?

I hope your little one is fine now, and that you can put this scary experience behind you. Keep reading, and don't be afraid to ask questions - someone will always be glad to help out.

Amy

On Dec 1, 2004

I'm sorry about all the reactions and allergies. My 18 month old son is allergic to peanuts and fish, not nearly as tough to limit as everything you have. I am sure you will find lots of support and tips here. I know I have.

On Dec 1, 2004

Amy,

That's what my old ped told me. He told me that peanuts, tree nuts and other allergens didn't pass through to the breastmilk. It didn't really make sense to me, since the cow's milk in my diet was passing through and affecting her. Why couldn't everything else? Unfortunately, I listened to him; and not my gut instinct. As an experienced mom, I should have known to follow my mommy instinct.

However, I nursed my older kids exclusively and ate peanuts. My older three started peanut butter around 18 months - 2 years (which was the recommended age back then), and they're not PA. Also, I gave my older DD Honey Nut Cheerios when she was about 9 months old. None of them have allergies. I try to reason with myself that some kids are just born with hyperreactive systems, and that's the way the cookie crumbles. I can't do anything about it now except forgive myself and move on. I made the best decision I could at that time, with the medical knowledge I had available at that time.

Anne

On Dec 1, 2004

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Originally posted by TRexFamily: [b]Amy,

I try to reason with myself that some kids are just born with hyperreactive systems, and that's the way the cookie crumbles. I can't do anything about it now except forgive myself and move on. I made the best decision I could at that time, with the medical knowledge I had available at that time.

Anne[/b]

Bravo girlfriend! Now you're talkin'. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Amy

On Dec 3, 2004

My daughter was pretty similar. She is 9 now. I was nursing and cutting so many things out of my diet that it was impossible to get the extra 700 calories a day I needed. They ended up putting her on Neocate. It has no milk (not even hydrolyzed milk protein like Nutramagen and Pregestamil have), and no soy. It worked great. She was a different child (meaning happier), and got her nutritional needs met. It is great solution for kids who are milk/soy allergic, since if they are milk allergic it can cross react with breast milk (in her case it did). She ended up outgrowing her soy allergy around age 2 years 8 months. She was also allergic to egg and outgrew that at age 9. Still allergic to milk though, but getting better. Still allergic to peanuts, although her allergist says she has a 50% chance of outgrowing it. You might want to try the Neocate. When they are that severely allergic, it is common that their cow`s milk allergy cross reacts with breast milk. I had no idea until I stopped nursing and saw what a different child she was. If it were not for the Neocate, I never would have known.

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