Not sure what to do about \"produced in the same facility\" now

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2008 - 12:12pm
Marcela's picture
Joined: 11/09/2007 - 00:13

My DD has tested positive for PA. Her blood test was >100 and her skin test was a 4+, so as high as both can get from what I know. The first allergist we saw said "no peanuts". He didn't say anything about "produced in the same facility or equipment". Our second allergist who we saw only once said to avoid foods produced in the same facility or same equipment because you never know. Now our third allergiest who will be our permanent one said that since DD only had a GI reaction and hives that we probably don't need to avoid foods produced in the same facility or equipment.

My husband and I aren't sure what to do. We'd love to just give her those foods without worrying about it because that would open up so many foods to DD, but we've been avoiding them for 10 months now and all of a sudden are told they are okay. I've read one article with statistics saying that 17% or so of foods produced on the same equipment or facility contain trace amounts, so I know of that information, but if our allergist says she can eat those foods, then are we being over cautious?

Posted on: Thu, 09/11/2008 - 12:40am
MommyOfTwo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2007 - 09:44

I personally would NOT let my child eat may contains or processed in/at same facility. I'm not willing to take that risk, but that is my comfort level. From everything I've read if a pna is found early and none to as limited exposure as possible then there may be a greater chance of outgrowing and that is what I'm hoping for with my DS.
Personally if my childs numbers were that high and he has had a reaction especially if the reaction involved TWO systems (GI and skin) then I would under no circumstances get him anywhere near pn and certainly would NOT take that 17% chance of him getting pn protien from a may contain. JMO.

Posted on: Thu, 09/11/2008 - 3:48am
C's picture
Joined: 05/18/2005 - 09:00

Can you share that article about the 17%?
We avoid may contains, made in same facility, made on the same machinery---not worth the risk. It is better to be safe.

Posted on: Thu, 09/11/2008 - 4:26am
PeanutFreeInMD's picture
Joined: 04/23/2007 - 09:00

My son also tested 4+ on his skin test and later >100 on a blood test. We avoid all food with the advisory labeling. It is not worth the risk. There's plenty of food out there that is safe. Are you familiar with FAAN? They have had plenty of articles in their newsletters stating that if the food has a warning label to take it seriously. Personally, it blows my mind that some people don't!
I need to question why an allergist would say you shouldn't worry about those warnings when your child "only" had a GI reaction and hives...? It's my understanding that every reaction can be different and can't be predicted. You just never know.
I don't think you can be over cautious...

Posted on: Thu, 09/11/2008 - 5:14am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

I avoid all with any kind of warning for my son. My son's score was 87 then went to 60 he has had GI, Coughing and skin. No I don't think you are being too carefull in fact I would question your allergist as his recommendation does not follow that of many of the leading allergists.

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