Non-allergic ds starting school

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 3:27am
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

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
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

My age was going to be 5...until ds #2 tested positive at age 4. I would introduce very slowly with epi-pen on 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.

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 4:28am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

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 he won't eat it anyways, which is fine with me!! If you are in control of his lunches, then that's 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
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

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
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

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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