The November Parents Magazine has an article on food allergies that focuses in part on peanut allergy. The article states that some doctors advise not giving peanuts or tree nuts to children under 3, especially if there's a family history of allergies, and that some research suggests avoiding sensitive foods during pregnancy and nursing (cites the British study). It's good to see a mainstream parenting publication talking about these studies and addressing the seriousness of food allergies.
On Oct 20, 1999
I read that article, too, and was pleased to see that most of it was very accurate. In fact, they even quoted Dr. Robert Wood from Johns Hopkins University and Anne M?-Furlong from the Food Allergy Network, which means that the author really did some research. It's very funny though; the August issue of Parents Magazine had a brief peanut article in there, which I found very offensive. It basically said that people are panicking about peanut allergies, and you probably don't have one, and don't worry. There was no mention of contacting a doctor, or description of the symptoms, etc. In fact, i wrote the magazine a letter regarding the issue... SO it's GREAT to see them address the issue in a more positive light.
On Oct 31, 1999
Sometimes I just get so confused? I also have brief periods where I am in denial about Alex's PA! I always have my benadryl and epi-pens and watch him like a hawk... but when I read that some docs recommend no peanuts until age three, i wonder, if my son never got tested what would have happened. Once when he was about 1 yr I picked him up from the floor and his right eyes was swollen and he had what looked like 3 tiny hives. I gave him benadryl thinking he might be allergic to my cat, took him to the doc...of course by the time we got there he was symptoms free, the doc told me "he's to young to have hives anyway" So when he had non stop URI's, ear infections, RSV, RAD I insisted on RAST + for eggs, peanut, soy, mold, dust, cat, dog. Age 18 months, had skin test + peanut, egg, mold, cat? Diagnosed with an IGA deficiency (which one doc told me was horrible, two others poo-pooed it saying "it means nothing in a child whose immune system is immature"? As far as I know he NEVER ate peanut butter or peanuts. I did breast feed and ate pb alot, and chinese food. He is in day care (they are great). So he's NEVER had hives again, Never had any scarey reactions. Still has runny nose, ezcema on occasion but I wonder (hope) if he might not really be PA? Okay I'll stop rambling. Since the the only people who can relate to my anxieties and confusion are other PA parents, I needed to get this out. Thansk for listening!
On Nov 9, 1999
After reading your letter, I wasn't quite clear on the results of your allergy tests. It sounds as if your child tested positive on peanuts for both the RAST and the skin prick test? if that is the case, you need to know what the level of his allergies were. Typically, the results will be classified on a scale of 0-4 (my son is 4++) or a scale of 0-6 (My son is 6++). Or the results will be listed in a specific number. I would highly recommend keeping your son away from peanuts---and if your doctor gave you an epi-pen, he/she must be pretty certain that there is a pretty severe allergy. It is possible that your son could have been exposed to peanuts, and you just didn't know it (if you had pb when you were pregnant, or it could have been a "natural flavor" in any food). Could you provide more information so we could help you out? You should definitely make an appointment with an allergist right away---you need to know what's going on---at least for your own sanity!! Good luck! And please keep us informed.
On Dec 12, 1999
I would like to see a copy of this article if anyone still has it. A person named Kelly from this board was in contact with me about an article and I sent her a great deal of research in August. I wonder if it was used in this article. Thanks Donna