PA common in twins?triplets?

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Hello! I am mom of fraternal twins, one loves and lives on PB sandwiches (no jelly) and the other has severe PA! What a terrible combination!

Recently PA diagnosed at 8 yrs old... it sure does put some past ER visits with asthma/breathing problems in a better light! I've read a lot of posts all over the site - thanks everyone!

A couple of questions: I wonder if the strong medication to prevent my twins from being born prematurely could have contributed to my son's PA. Do any other moms wonder the same thing? I know it certainly can't be the ONLY reason but curious of common circumstances- even if coincidental.

Also, my son, Joe, is also allergic to Apples, Pears, Peaches, Strawberries, Cherries, Carrots. Good thing he is not a picky eater and loves almost everything! Does anyone else have a child with fruit allergies?

And lastly, my latest anxiety is related to school. Next week they're serving a nut & fruit cup to all hot lunch kids to help promote "5 a day" variety of fruits & veggies. Even though Joe won't ever buy a lunch... he has reacted to peanut "dust" and I have been assured by the school district school lunch coordinator that there is definately NO PEANUTS - only walnuts, almonds, plain M&Ms in it. It still worries me because I heard that most nuts can be processed together... Am I being silly?... I want to take my son out of the school for lunch that day!

On Dec 6, 2001

Hi Ann, I have 4 yr old fraternals. They were 31/2 weeks early, through invitro. Nothing you did I believe causes you to have a food or environmental allergic child. Genetics. Although, something is up with the amount of kids with allergies, and people developing them later in life. GMO's in foods, antibiotics given to animals through feed, The list goes on with possibilities as to why this is happening so often. My son is PA and EA, my daughter will be tested in January. Your not being silly if you take your son out of school for LUNCH that day.

P>S...You said your one child lives on PB you let he or she eat them still now the other is allergic to peanut?

On Dec 6, 2001

Hello Smack! What are GMO's? EA=environmental allergy? Curious why you are testing your daughter? Has she indicated a problem... ?

Hubby & I just had a conversation tonite about having PB in the house & the risk... Christy, PB lover, is extremely concientious--we all use plastic knives, paper plates, wipe table well afterward, etc. I supervise & limit to a couple times a week. I'd much rather eliminate it from our house... We're talking about helping Christy find alternative lunch ideas.

The more I read... the more anxiety I have.

I am a person that feels information is key to understanding & making the best decisions. But... it still scares me sooo much.

I guess we've been relatively lucky with Joe. He's only had 2 major reactions (requiring ER visit/treatment) The most recent was to hazelnut potpourri. Twin sister had him close his eyes and take a BIG wiff!!(night before Thanksgiving) Wheezing, laringitis, anxiousness, rashes, all followed. (She feels awful, of course.)

I've noticed that the course of his reaction always ends with a day or two of very dark circles under his eyes and rashes of little bumps on his face, back of his arms, legs and bottom.

Has anyone else noticed a "pattern" to their child's reactions?

Diagnosis finally came 6months ago when Joe ate handful of cherries and got itchy throat, rashes, and laringitis within 15 minutes of eating. He was on Claritin at the time for environmental allergies... I called DR and gave benedryl. Things cleared up for the most part by late that nite. Then a week or so later, I gave twins granola bars and we ran out the door to run errands. In the car Joe freaked out... saying after two bites, he feels worse than the cherry incident. Gave benedryl &claritin, and got quickly to DR office. Needless to say got referral to allergist- His RAST showed 5+ Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Apples and Peaches 4+, Strawberries, pears, carrots 3+. Milk was 1, but scratch test showed negative. Interesting enough, Cherries were negative also. But they were unable to test BING cherries specifically, so we avoid anyway. What a shock! Sister and SIL still don't take it seriously at all! and have put Joe at risk too many times since. So guess who has all family gatherings and holiday meals from now on... ME! At least he's safe.

On Dec 7, 2001

Ann, I don't know what GMO'S are either. I shouldn't use acronyms anyway, I'm terrible at deciphering them. I meant Genetically Modified Foods. GMO could stand for Genetically Modified Oranges,Octopus,Onions,(can't think of any more right now) Ha Ha My daughter, from infancy, has eczema,never outgrew it actually its worse. She is always sick..then bad cough comes. Doctor tried her on Flovent for a month and now she is off that. I just said to the Doctor I want Megan to be tested with Austin's appointment in January, because for one she has always been the more sick out of the two, never outgrew the eczema, and something is hindering her immune system and I can't figure it out. Your son's allergies sound awfull. I hate it when I hear family are non-supportive. I don't have that problem, I have to educate them but they are supportive and never make me feel like I'm a hypochondriac. Just stand your ground, and who cares about what they think, you have a lot to deal with so get your husband involved and do some research. It will make you more confident in all your decisions. Good Luck!

On Dec 7, 2001

I'm the mom of 16-month-old fraternal twins. Tim's allergic to peanuts and almonds, but as far as we know, Katy isn't (though we haven't had her tested). Tim has had pretty bad problems with eczema, and has always had a bit of a cough whenever he exerts himself. The eczema got better when he started an allergy medicine, but then he had a severe reaction to something last summer. We scheduled allergy testing, and sure enough, he tested positive to the nuts.

I was on different meds (Atarax, mag sulfate) to stop contractions during my pregnancy. I was also gestational diabetic, and my physician and the dietitian both recommended that I eat peanut butter as part of my daily diet. I now think that the peanut butter *may* have had something to do with Tim's peanut allergy. (When he was diagnosed, I told the allergist that he'd never eaten peanuts before. The allergist asked if I'd eaten any while pregnant or breastfeeding, and I said yes. He said that peanut protein can cross the placenta.)

Anyway, I'm not sure if the multiple birth made the peanut allergy more likely, except that it probably contributed to my developing gestational diabetes. (Our local mothers of twins club holds family parties with activities such as making your own sundae . . . topping it, of course, with peanuts. I'm guessing that they wouldn't do that if many of the multiples had peanut allergies. We obviously don't go anywhere near.)

On Dec 8, 2001

GMO = genetically modified organisms

On Dec 8, 2001

Blackmoss, Thanks, I was thinking to myself, I swear I read GMO but for the life of me couldn't remember what the "O" stood for, I did think of organism but wasn't sure.

On Dec 8, 2001

marina_twinmom: Thanks for your reply.

Christy (the PB lover)has only "sensitivities" to some foods, but no true major allergies that we know of. (no bad symptoms, so never tested).

I too was on mag sulfate (nasty stuff) and turbutaline (sp?). I was also tested for gestational diabetes, but was negative. I don't know about you, but MS made it difficult for me to breathe and I felt like I was in a coma...I could hear everyone talking about me but couldn't move a muscle to respond in any way! It kept the babies from being born too early... but scared me to think of any possible side effects they could have developed from it. I try to rationalize that if they were born too prematurely... could have been much worse!

I really enjoyed our local mothers of twins club - especially during the first 5 years of twins life. They were very supportive! Good luck to you!

Smack: Sure hope there's a good solution for Megan soon!! Thanks for your encouraging words!

[This message has been edited by Ann S (edited December 09, 2001).]

On Dec 9, 2001

Hi! I don't have twins, but I find it interesting that so many of us were on drugs to prevent pre-term labor. I was on Brethine (terbutaline) with both of my kids and on mag sulfate with one and they are both PA. Of course, I'm PA too so that may have been the cause of their PA-ness and not the drugs.


On Dec 11, 2001

Hello! Does anyone know of websites/research that may have been done on possible links and commonalities of PA children/people? I'll try to look thru archives for a possible thread on this subject.

On Dec 16, 2001

I have fraternal twin girls that are 5 1/2. One has a peanut allergy at level 5. We had our other daughter tested even though we didn't think that she was allergic and her test was negative.

I also was on bed rest, mag sulfate, and trubutalin. They were born 7 weeks early and were in the hospital for a month. They were on antibiotics part of the time.

My daughter that is allergic to peanuts also was severly allergic to soy milk at birth. She couldn't tolerate it at all. Now I think she is at a level 1 for soy-it doesn't seem to bother her.