other children with pa

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 12:14am
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Hi! My husband and I are discussing having another child. We have one 2.5 year old with pa. I was just wondering how many of you have more than one child with food allergies. What are the chances of our next child developing them? These are just some thoughts running through my mind. Any advice?

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 12:44am
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I have three children and only one has food allergies. He is my middle child. He and all of my children are blessings. I guess you never know...my Mother developed a food allergy in her 50's so anyone can develop one at anytime.

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 2:19am
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My 4yo dd has food allergies(PN, TN, eggs), and now I suspect ds(4mos) is manifesting some sort of atopic and allergic tendencies(cow milk protein when I eat it, thus far).
He is the light of all our lives, the most happy, mellow little guy. I feel so blessed. Though I worried that he might have some allergies, it in no way affected my choice to grow our family. We had such hardship conceiving dd, he is a true blessing! She is so pleased to have a sibling. Best of luck!
I find it all easier(than with my first) as he has his little problems because I have a community here that helps and understands, a ped. who is now aware(because of the family history), and we have an existing family relationship with an allergist now. We are so used to dietary changes and sacrifices too. becca

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 2:25am
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Riley's Mom, I know a few years ago BENSMOM (I believe) started a thread asking about whether or not people factored PA into their decision to have more children. To me, it was a really good, thought provoking thread, and might still be worth looking at despite it's age. (I'll see if I can find it).
I also know that the question was again raised perhaps a year or two later.
I was pregnant with my second and last child when I found out my son (first-born) was PA.
My daughter, she didn't develop environmental allergies until at least three years after her brother (PA) did.
She has asthma, but she has never had an asthma attack like her brother.
Within the last six months, she developed an allergy to amoxicillin.
Since we basically live as though all of us are PA, I don't know. I guess I worry less about my daughter because I know that she isn't going to go to school and come into contact with something that could potentially kill her. I'm trying to word that *properly* because I don't want it to sound as though I care less about her or worry less about her, but my worry with Em is more *normal* worry than with her brother.
I also think there was another thread raised about the chances of siblings being PA.
Let me see if my computer will let me stay on long enough to find some old threads. Again, they are old, but they might be helpful regardless.
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Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 4:08am
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Frankly I am stunned. Am I reading this correctly? Seriously, people have considered not having other children bc one happens to be PA?
That seems so irrational to me. I have a 3yr old PA son, and a 5 month old daughter. Never once did it every enter my mind to not have additional children due to a food allergy.

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 4:46am
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You may not all agree with me but I don't think it's really fair to pass judgement on anyone in regards to this issue. I did have another child knowing that my first one had food allergies and I'm certainly glad that I did. But I've got to tell you, after all the worrying, I'm not sure that I could do it a third time.
Ignorance is bliss!
By the time I had my second child, now 2, I already had read way too much about food allergy. Every time we've introduced a new food it's been so stressful! If he had a tiny red spot on his face or if he vomited, I'd be worried that it was an allergic reaction.
Fortunately, except for eczema, he is so far negative for all FAs but we did strict avoidance and introduced common allergens later than most. Following our allergists recommendations, I breastfed and avoided nuts, seafood and seeds while I did so, I only supplemented with Nutramigen. Then, I introduced:
Soy formula at 6 mo.
Rice at 6 1/2 mos.
Wheat at 11mos.
Cows milk at 12 mos.
Egg at 18 mos.
Most recently fish at 2yrs.
Still strictly avoiding nuts, seafood and sesame seeds. (will continue these until he is at least 3 or 4).
Of course it's gotten a lot easier now but I feel that we were very lucky. It is because I love my children very much that I think I would be so stressed out if I not only had to worry about one child with a peanut allergy but two.
I am normally not an anxious person but if there is one area of my life that there is an exception, it's this.

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 12:05pm
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Quote:Originally posted by CorinneM1:
[b]Frankly I am stunned. Am I reading this correctly? Seriously, people have considered not having other children bc one happens to be PA?
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In fact, I think you're reading incorrectly--nobody in this thread said anything about not having more kids because of PA.
The original question was about whether other parents have more than one child affected by PA. I think it's a normal thing to think about when planning for another child.
MimiM gave some good advice on how she delayed introducing foods to her second to try to prevent food allergies in the younger child.
I could definitely see PA considerations playing a part in family planning. PA gets easier to manage as the child gets older, so I could see someone delaying the second pregnancy.
And anyway, not to stun anyone, but PA actually did play a part in my decision not to have more children. PA alone wouldn't have deterred me, but added to a few other significant considerations, it probably helped tip the scale.
Just because people see things differently doesn't mean they're irrational. None of us can know all the factors that go into someone else's decisions.
So many issues are involved in family planning decisions--some people take into consideration their finances, career path, age, educational status...it doesn't seem strange at all that concerns about the health of a child might be a factor in a couple's decision about when or if to have other children.

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 12:50pm
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Rileys mom: I have 2 boys. But it is my youngest that has not just PA but MFA, excema, asthma, and severe enviromental allergies. Cats are a 3 and dust is a 4 from his skin test along with several trees, grasses and molds. Oldest DS has no food allergies. We decided not to have anymore children but not due to all the allergies. We would like to have more children but there are many other things as [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] SandraY [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] explained it that have caused us to make that decision. I think you have to do whats right for you and your family. Keep us posted [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ok [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 1:18pm
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Quote:Originally posted by CorinneM1:
[b]Frankly I am stunned. Am I reading this correctly? Seriously, people have considered not having other children bc one happens to be PA?
That seems so irrational to me. I have a 3yr old PA son, and a 5 month old daughter. Never once did it every enter my mind to not have additional children due to a food allergy.
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I agree you misread what is being posted here. What Riley'smom asked is what are the chances her next one would have food allergies.
Secondly, even if she did say that, that is her business, and her right. Maybe some people just don't feel they could handle the stress and worrying. There are people with anxiety disorders who might feel they couldn't handle another child with pa. I respect that decision.

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 3:04pm
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I wasn't so much worried about having a second with food allergies because the stats seemed to be a lot lower for the second child. Also when I was pg with DD #1 I ate so much peanut butter/peanut products (while BF too) and resolved to not eat any of it while pg with #2 hoping that would make all the difference.
DD # 2 is 15 mo. and so far no sign of any problems, but we treat her just like DD #1...no peanuts, tree nuts or may contains.
My biggest concern for having another child was the fact that I was scared I would not be able to handle DD #1's allergy well with another child to think about.
But at that point too I was overwhelmed with constant worry for my daughter's well being and to me the world was smeared with peanut butter.
And sometimes I think too that if DD#2 did have PA then it would almost be better in a way because we would be well prepared to deal with it and her and her sister could be supportive of one another. (We made so many mistakes in the beginning when my first daughter was diagnosed at 1 year)
Shelley

Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2004 - 9:08pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Riley's Mom, I know a few years ago BENSMOM (I believe) started a thread asking about whether or not people factored PA into their decision to have more children. To me, it was a really good, thought provoking thread, and might still be worth looking at despite it's age. (I'll see if I can find it)............
............Let me see if my computer will let me stay on long enough to find some old threads. Again, they are old, but they might be helpful regardless.
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