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My 4 month old today was officially diagnosed with a peanut allergy. She is exclusively breast-fed. I was never told when I was pregnant that by eating peanut I was sensitizing my baby to a peanut allergy. It started when she was about 2 months old, she was projectile vomiting. At first I chalked it up to a virus, we had all been sick. She was lathargic and lifeless it was very scary. I called the Dr. and they said to put her on pedialite. Well she got better, tired, but didn't vomit anymore. The next week she did it again. Again I called the Dr. and this time they said to continue to breast feed but add pedialite. It took her a little longer to feel better, but again she was lifeless and lathargic. After that I had some friends tell me they thought she had cholic because she had a lot of gas and cramping. Also she would cry from 5-9 at night. They mentioned it may be something that I was eating. I told them maybe it was the chocolate. Well all the chocolate I ate had peanuts or peanut butter in it. I took her to the Doctor and they ordered an upper gi to make sure her food was moving properly. They found she did have some reflux. Well after so many more progectile vomitting episodes I called the allergist and they said they would test her. Today we found out mommy was right, My 4 month old has a peanut allergy. She is one of the youngest they have tested to be positive for a peanut allergy. So we are now peanut free.

On Apr 17, 2008

Welcome to the board.I did not know about breasfeeding and sensitation of peanuts either. I bf all 4 and ate PB like crazy until ds#3 was diag when he was 3 (ds#4 was about 2 mo old). It is hard to go peanut free when you have older kids. My 8 year old still somewhat resents having to go pb free but the now 5 year old adjusted perfectly to Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. The 8 year old won't eat the Sunbutter (says it's gross)but he likes cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. I eat the Sunbutter all the time (and really like it) and I was a PB addict. The sunbutter is a great PB substitute for the older kids.

On Apr 17, 2008

WELCOME! Sorry about the diagnosis, but at least you now know why your little one was getting sick. My DS was diagnosed at 4 months also. I got a referral to the allergist because of his eczema and was sure it was milk or soy and was shocked when his wheal for pn kept getting bigger and bigger to 9+mm.

I ate pn all the way through my first pg and I exclusively breastfed my first DS until around 9 months and I ate pn and pb the whole time with no issues. My second DS I did the same thing and didn't think anything of it. We have made our house pn/tn free since and avoid all "may contains/processed on".

Sunbutter is AWESOME!!! My older DS used to eat pb&j EVERY day so he was upset when we got rid of pb. We first tried the soybutter but he hated it. Then I heard about Sunbutter on the board and that Target carries it so we got it and my older DS is back to his daily Sunbutter & Jelly sandwhiches.

It can be so overwhelming at first so please ask if you have any questions. The search option on the board is wonderful and you can pull up so many past topics that might concern you.

WELCOME!

On Apr 17, 2008

Welcome! I went though something similar with my DD. I would eat PB almost daily for breakfast, for the extra "protein" value. I had read something somewhere that if you have a family history of allergies to avoid PN during pregnancy, but since I didn't know of any family allergies I thought I was free and clear. Even while BF I ate PN/PB. I never noticed any pattern around it, though. We suspected PN allergy when DH kissed her once after eating PB and she welted up from the contact. I can't remember now if we didn't persue testing or if our MD didn't feel it was necessary. Regardless, we did finally persue it later and discovered her very high Rast.

Now there is no way to know for sure what caused her allergy, but I have always suspected the exposure during pregnancy/BF. Of course now I've learned of all kinds of family members with allergies that I never even thought I should ask! Knowing that, I would have avoided PN/PB like the plague! I know I can't do anything about it now, but that doesn't really help me with feeling guilty. Every now and then it really gets to me, but I have to remember not to beat myself up over something I can't prove either way.

This is a great resource since we all "get it" and know what it's like to go through this!

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