Oral challenge today-good news!

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Adam's younger brother has previously had a positive skin test for PA (age 2), negative (age 3), with no exposures.

We had him skin tested again today. We were told last year that if a second skin test was negative, then they would proceed with an oral challenge. It was done in hospital.

Test was negative, out came the PB. He was given about 1/4 of a teaspoon, with no reactions!

We really wanted him tested this year before he starts junior kindergarten, because of the school board's policy requiring anaphylactic children to wear their Epi-Pen on their body at all times.

Of course, we don't know whether he originally had a false positive, or he outgrew whatever sensitivity he may have had through avoidance.

On May 9, 2001

Yay!! I am so happy for you, this is great news!

On May 10, 2001

Our son also tested negative on his RAST test this spring. Cayley's Mom suggested I hold off on giving him peanut/nut products until after he is five, as this is perhaps when our immune systems are fully developed.

I am so happy for you, and pleased you won't have to worry about an EpiBelt. I just thought maybe you should be cautious until your son is 5. (Or he may be five, I might have missed that in your post).

Congratulations!

Michelle

On May 10, 2001

Shaun has just turned 4.

He is a very active child, and I would not feel comfortable with him wearing an EpiBelt. My gut feel is that he would have it out of the case.

Our school board requires that he wear an EpiPen on his body if he was anaphylactic. He begins junior kindergarten in September, so we wanted this issue resolved before then.

We have no intention of providing him with peanut products, especially with his PA brother, it was really done to solve the EpiPen dilemma and put our minds at ease for when he starts school in September.

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