Outgrown!!

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Just wanted to bring a "positive" in for today. I have a 2 year old w/a PA. She had her first reaction at 1 yr. and hasn't had one since. We are getting her tested at age 3 (if she has NO More reactions) to check her levels. I know that the research leans towards her NOT growing out of it but I DO have hope. We have a relative who was allergic all of his childhood years (resulting in terrible breathing problems) and now eats pb with no problem. He especially likes the crunchy kind! Now research seems to be saying 1/5 children do grow out of this allergy. I know the chances are slim but it gives me hope.

On Jan 22, 2002

Peyton's Mom - congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and your child. How excited you must be!!! My son was diagnosed at 1 year and has had two reactions since then. We had him retested once and the levels went up considerably. Does your daughter have any other problems such as eczema? If so, did her eczema go away also or does she still have it? Congratulations again! I am so thrilled for you and your family.

On Jan 22, 2002

No, she doesn't have a problem with eczema. We have been very lucky & I appreciate your congrats. However, I still have to be very careful because she could definitely have a reaction. I am just hopeful that she will grow out of it. It really hasn't been too bad keeping her safe (I stay at home) but the real stressor comes at birthday parties or social functions where food is located. Lord knows I have NO idea what is in the food and usually I just bring her own for her. We are going to one this week & I will just bring her piece of cake along with me!! SMILE! I know school will bring on a lot more worry. It is good to know that it is "possible" for some to grow out of this allergy. Most of what I read is always so negative and the words "life long" keep coming up. Good luck with you & your family. Thanks for responding!!

On Jan 24, 2002

Peyton's Mom -- I too am hopeful that our son (4) will outgrow it -- but I am also realistic and am planning and preparing him that he won't. He's recently started telling his father and myself that when he is "bigger" he will be able to eat peanuts. Not sure where he got this... I tell him we certainly hope this is true but he should plan that he won't be able to eat them. We have also avoided any subsequent reactions since his first one (anaphylactic) at 14 months. Our allergist thinks this is a good sign (not necessarily that he is outgrowing it but that he isn't so sensitive to peanut) because he (our son) couldn't possibly have avoided peanuts all this time -- I shrug this off -- he has no idea how careful we are and how little risk we take (and luckily, so far, we've had a great deal of control and excellent care providers who get it and are risk-adverse as well). Any way -- I agree that we need to focus on the positive things -- this site is VERY helpful and informative but oftentimes overwhelming. Thanks for sharing! Nina

On Jan 24, 2002

Nina - I agree with you!! We have only had one reaction (which was WHEN I found out) & I feel that I am "psychotically neurotic" about the whole issue. My child's daycare gave her bread with pb on it & it ended in a trip to the ER!! We are extremely careful as well. It would be nice to believe that our kids are "less allergic" but I agree with you that taking extreme caution is necessary at all times. Allergic is Allergic!! Keep up the good work and hope for the best!! Even if my child tests negative at age 3 I still would keep her as far away from peanuts as I do now. It would ease my mind a little though. Good luck to you!

On Jan 24, 2002

Peyton's Mom - I re-read your original post and realized I must have read it too fast the first time. I guess I thought your daughter outgrew her allergy because the subject line reads "Outgrown". Anyways, not having a reaction since her first one is good news, but, yes, you do want to still be careful. I sincerely hope that she tests negative on her next test. I, too, would probably keep my son away from all peanut products even if he tested negative. It would just make me feel more comfortable. You just never know. Good luck!

On Jan 24, 2002

Suz-a-loo No problem!! I wish it was that way!! I was originally just going to write about the relative that outgrew his allergy....but you know us MOMS always have to talk about our own first! haha I only hope and pray she and others will be as lucky as he was. Thanks.

On Jan 25, 2002

Peyton's Mom:

I agree that it does give us hope to hear about others who have outgrown their peanut allergy especially in light of recent research which supports this. I was just wondering if you could provide more information about your relative who outgrew his peanut allergy. Was his peanut allergy confirmed by a skin or blood test as a child and how did he find out he had outgrown the allergy and at what age? Has he recently been tested and what were the results of that testing? Thanks for any information you can provide and for sharing this with us!

On Jan 25, 2002

Yes he was confirmed with testing. I don't know what kind of testing they used then but I could probably find out. He is now in his late 40's and told me that once he was out of the elementary school he outgrew it. He didn't give me any testing details. He eats pb now with NO problems at all & has for the last 20-30 years. He had a lot of allergies as a child and still has problems with some. However, the pa has gone away!! He used to have terrible difficulty breathing and got the hives & itching....all that whenever he ate anything with pb. Sorry I don't have more details. I'll try to find out more next time I speak to him.

On Jan 25, 2002

Thanks, Peyton's Mom, for the information about your relative. I am also curious about how his reactions (breathing difficulties, hives) were treated as a child i.e. Epi-Pen, hospital admissions, Benadryl etc. Now that he has outgrown the allergy, does he still carry Epi-Pens as a precaution? Does he still have follow-up visits with an allergist and does he test positive or negative? I ask because I understand that even if you outgrow the allergy, the test can show positive for years to come. Thanks again and I sincerely wish you and your family all the best!

On Jan 25, 2002

I will find out more information & get back to you. Thanks. Stay safe!!

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