New to this peanut free lifestyle

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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 20, 2008

Wow ! 4 months old? I didn't think they tested that young. Well I guess it will be an adjustment for you as you continue BF. Read all the labels of things that you buy. Becareful in restaurants.. especially chinese and asian foods. if you go to the FAAN website there is lots of good info there.

good luck

On Apr 20, 2008

I am under the impression that infants do not 'outgrow' their mother's immune system until age 9 months and are not usually tested until after that time. After 9 months gives a more accurate picture of the infant's own immune system, not mommy's immune system.

Don't quote me on it though.

I'd say I would rely more heavily on history at that age.

On Apr 22, 2008

My DS tested positive for pna at 4 months also. His history was his eczema that just wouldn't clear up no matter what I did. They did SPT on him at 4 months and his wheal was 9+mm. The allergist we saw said that there are false-positives that can happen more when the patient is younger.

I *hope hope hope!* that he only tested with that large of a wheal because he was so young and I pray he isn't actually allergic. Of course that doesn't stop the fact that we remain pn/tn free house and I carry the Epi's and take no chances. He gets another SPT in a few weeks and he will be 16 months old at the time. I'm wishing/hoping/praying it was a false positive the entire time.

As soon as I stopped eating pn/tn though (I was nursing him and did nurse him until he was 13 months old) his eczema cleared up dramatically. Before he tested pna + I was eating PB&J's almost daily with my older DS and I would eat cans of nuts at a time. I LOVE pn/tn. We shall see on the 13th of May!

On Apr 22, 2008

Your story sounds like my childs. My child would projectile vomit and no one ever mentioned allergies. It would be the same thing, projectile vomit and then lethargic and so pale, listless around 2 months old, it was bad. I wish I had known more than. My child is 8 yrs old and PA, many food allergies, environmental, animal, and asthma.

Welcome, glad you joined us and found us!

On May 2, 2008

My son stopped nursing at 4 days old--he would scream when he swallowed the milk--and would barely eat anything for seven days. We finally got him to nurse again after about a week. The doctors tested him for a million things, but never allergies. When he was 6 months old he projectile vomited infant cereal, still didn't test for allergies. (I wish we would have thought of it.) He reacted to pb at 1 1/2 and we knew he was allergic. When he was almost three he started vomiting up to 12 times a day. Finally, after months of antibiotics for "ear infections" the doctor--at our urgent request--tested for food allergies. Many positives.

All this to say, I think our son had food allergies at 4 days old. And I think that if we would have known and asked about food allergies, we could have helped him much sooner.

I'm glad that they tested for you, and that you now know what's wrong and how you can help her to be healthy.

On Jun 14, 2008

wow! you got epi pens for a infant of 4 months? I was refused epi pens for my son on the grounds that he was not over 25 lbs.

On Jun 15, 2008

Originally Posted By: Krusty Krab

I am under the impression that infants do not 'outgrow' their mother's immune system until age 9 months and are not usually tested until after that time. After 9 months gives a more accurate picture of the infant's own immune system, not mommy's immune system.

Don't quote me on it though.

I'd say I would rely more heavily on history at that age.

FAAN says RAST reaches full accuracy at 6 weeks old and skin testing at about a year. many allergists use skin testing on children younger than a year, though. Skin and blood tests are about 50% accurate for positive results and over 90 for neg. No need to wait to test if your child is showing signs of FAs.

On Jun 15, 2008

Originally Posted By: williamsmummy

wow! you got epi pens for a infant of 4 months? I was refused epi pens for my son on the grounds that he was not over 25 lbs.

Most docs here will give syringes at the least (depends on the weight of the child) but I know you don't have to wait until 25 lbs.

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