Non-allergic ds starting school

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 3:27am
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Sean will be starting Kindergarten this fall. I know it is a long way off, but I just had a question. His brother is pa but he has tested negative for any allergies. He has never had peanut butter or any nuts. When do you start giving non-allegic siblings those foods to try? I don't want his first taste to be in school, although I know he would not eat peanut butter directly, but it may be in a cookie or whatever.

Thanks, Jan

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 4:21am
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My age was going to be 5...until ds #2 tested positive at age 4. I would introduce very slowly with epi-pen on hand...one week a little skin contact, then maybe lip contact, then maybe ingest a slight amount once a week for a few weeks, etc...It is important for those who've outgrown to eat it once in a while to avoid redeveloping the allergy. I would feel the same about a child who was at risk but never developed the allergy.
Then again talk to your allergist...maybe he/she would be willing to do an oral challenge in the office for you.
Luvmyboys

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 4:28am
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Same here, big rbother(in Kindergarten) is my peanut/tree nut allergy, but I treat little brother just the same(although not so serious). So far little brohter is also negative. In school I plan to let him sit with his friends(if still negative) but he'll know NOT to eat the pb&j on the days the school s serves it. I am a bit lucky, I gave him a teeny taste a month or so ago and he said it was gross...so he won't eat it anyways, which is fine with me!! If you are in control of his lunches, then that's great....no pb&j, if he eats hot lunch, then work somethign out so he knows not to eat the pb&j. Since big brohter has an allergy, I would work out a plan with the allergist like a food challange of sorts, I plan to do that next time, I shouldn't have given him a taste on my own(I did have the Epi laying there) but since it was his first exposure, of course nothing happened...the next time might tell me more, so I plan to be at the doc's.
I also get little brohter tested for it every year, so far, 3yrs negative, but I know that can change any minute, so we avoid it. Good luck!

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 11:18am
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I totally understand your concern and can relate to them too! DD#2 is in kindergarten now and DD#1 is PA. DD#2 (at 5.5yrs) tested negative, and then we did a pb challenge in the allergist's office. I did not feel comfortable doing my own introduction at home.
I would suggest an appt w/ your allergist for a food challenge.

Posted on: Sun, 01/21/2007 - 1:26pm
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Quote:Originally posted by kandomom:
[b] DD#2 . . . tested negative, and then we did a pb challenge in the allergist's office. [/b]
This is exactly what we did. I also recommend this.

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