outgrown the peanut allergy!!!!

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2000 - 8:26am
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My son is almost 6 and we have been dealing with this allergy for almost 5 years. He has gone to a peanut free preschool and we have never allowed any peanuts in our house - you know the drill... anyway we just had him retested and both his rast test and skin test came back negative!twice! He used to be very very allergic. If he even sat next to someone eating peanut butter he would break out in hives.Now his allergist says he can eat a peanut and won't get sick - not that he will but he can at least be around it now. I was so shocked it took 24 hours for me to even get it. John hopkins university has been testing kids and they said 18% of young children who can avoid any exposure to peanuts for 4 1/2 years have this chance. The younger they are the better the chance. There is a small blurb about this study in the September issue of Child magazine. There is no information yet as to redeveloping the allergy so we still live as a PA family but the immediate threat is gone. I thought this info. might be helpful or at least hopeful. christine

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2000 - 9:34am
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That is fabulous! A dream come true. Great news, very happy for you and your family. I try not to hope he'll grow out of it (don't want to be disappointed) but I still have great hopes for a cure, vaccine, or whatever. Like you, I doubt I could ever bring myself to feed him peanuts, but to be relieved of worry about cross-contamination, etc., would be a great thing.

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2000 - 9:28pm
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Stine,
That's awesome! Stories like yours keep my hopes alive!

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 1:16am
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Stine,
Congratulations! That is wonderful news! I agree, I don't think I would ever take a peanut 'challenge' and actually give him peanuts, but it's nice to know you can breathe a little easier when we send them out into the world. Just getting through the day with my daughter now in kindergarten is a task for us with all the PB going around the lunchroom! Ugh!

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 1:17am
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Congratulations!! I actually had tears in my eyes reading your post. It's everyone's dream come true.

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 10:29am
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Fantastic!

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 11:01am
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Stine,
GREAT NEWS!
I am curious...I have read that kids that grow out of their peanut allergy tend to:
1. Have lower end CAP RAST scores (<1.00)
2. Have no (or very few) other allergies
3. Do not have asthma
I am curious as to how many of these trends apply to your son.
What wonderful news. You are living all our dreams!
San

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 11:44am
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Wow thats wounderful,its nice to hear that because it brings me hope for my daughter too.
All the best......tan

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 1:54pm
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How wonderful! I am sure you are so excited and also relieved. I know this must be an exciting time and I pray that someday no one will ever have to worry about this allergy. I also don't keep my hopes high about my son outgrowing it but it is always in the back of my mind.

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 11:46pm
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Quote:Originally posted by san103:
[b]Stine,
GREAT NEWS!
I am curious...I have read that kids that grow out of their peanut allergy tend to:
1. Have lower end CAP RAST scores (<1.00)
2. Have no (or very few) other allergies
3. Do not have asthma
I am curious as to how many of these trends apply to your son.
What wonderful news. You are living all our dreams!
San [/b]

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2000 - 11:54pm
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to san103 just a quick note about my sons other allergies. When we originally had him tested his rast test was high and he had many other allergies: wheat, dairy,whey,green beans and lots of enviromental ones like mold and pollen. He was always sick. We did the elimination diet and he didn't any wheat or dairy until he was 2 1/2. Eventually he did outgrow all the other food allergies by the time he was 3 !/2 but we were told because he was so allergic to peanuts he would never outgrow it. But somehow he did. Although he has never had athsma he still is affected by seasonal allergies but we live in georgia where they are really bad.I still can not believe it!

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