Passed his peanut challenge

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:40am
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My ds passed his peanut challenge!

First, the details. He was diagnosed at 2 when at the allergist for testing regarding asthma triggers. I asked them to test for peanut as he was in a peanut free school and there was a lot of allergy talk. He had not had peanut butter up to that point. Skin test was positive, epipen prescribed. My husband later admitted that he had given him a peanut butter cup once or twice before the skin test. No reaction that we were aware of.

At 3 he had a blood test, results were negative. At 4 and 5 he had a scratch test, both positive, but smaller over time. We lived peanut free with a peanut free daycare and were very cautious.

Allergist felt he had outgrown it and ordered a peanut challenge even with the positive skin test. It was tough to get a 5 year old who has been told his whole life that peanut butter in poison to eat it, but he did it, first a teaspoon, then a tablespoon and then they gave him 4 tablespoons. He ate a little more than half before he was crying that he hated peanut butter and was "FULL of peanut butter." No reation at all. He had to eat 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for the next 3 days, which he did grudgingly, also with no reaction. So he has officially outgrown his allergy and was pleased not to have to sit at the peanut free table when he started kindergarten. He is in a peanut, rice and oatmeal free classroom which is fine with us.

It has been very odd to not check and double check things as I am used to. We took him out for ice cream and he was really thrilled.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 7:09am
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Congratulations--that is wonderful news!
Just a concern about how the challenge was done: did they really start with a whole teaspoon of peanut butter? If so, the challenge was not done safely. If the allergist had been wrong and your child had not outgrown, such an amount of peanut butter could have resulted in life-threatening anaphylaxis. After a negative CAP-Rast for peanut, my DD was subjected to a challenge in which she received a tiny amount of PB followed in 15 minutes by 1 teaspoon. She survived the resulting full-blown anaphylaxis with the help of five shots of epinephrine. I can't believe that allergists are still doing these challenges so unsafely.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 7:43am
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You must be walking on air. Congratulations.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 8:08am
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Fantastic news! Wow, what a relief for you. It makes me so happy to hear that some kids really do outgrow peanut.
Now go out to dinner! All of you! And order dessert or something crazy like that!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:02am
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CONGRATS!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:24am
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Excellent! Our wish for everyone!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:08pm
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Wow, nice to see good news here!!!
Enjoy your new found freedoms!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:55pm
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WooHoo! That's great news!
I always like to hear about kids outgrowing their allergies. It gives me hope [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Cathy

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:50pm
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I am SO HAPPY for you. Congratulations! Everyone out there, keep the faith and always, stay safe!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:03pm
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That is wonderful news! When DD outgrew I was told she needed to eat PB several times a month to help prevent her from re-sensitizing to peanut.
Rebekah

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:41pm
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Congratulations to your WHOLE family!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:43pm
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That wonderful. I can't imagine the relief it must bring!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:50pm
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Congratulations! That's terrific!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 3:21pm
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That is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! That gives me hope!!! CONGRATS! I can't wait till the day I can take my DD and get her some ice cream. I bet that was a lot of fun.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 4:32pm
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Congrats! I can only imagine the relief you must feel! Enjoy the victory!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:24pm
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That is wonderful!!! Congratulations [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:31pm
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Wow-- what a wonderful day!
[i][b]My warmest congratulations to your family![/b][/i]

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:24pm
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Fabulous news!!! Congratulations and enjoy your new freedom!!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:50pm
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That's great!!!! Congratulations!!!!
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Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:16pm
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That's great news! I am glad you don't have to live in fear of the dreaded peanut any longer.
However, it sounds like he might never have been allergic in the first place (even with the positive skin test) since he had eaten pb cups before and didn't react. I hear lots of stories like this--positive skin test found through testing for other allergies, no history of reaction to peanuts, avoidance, and then outgrown PA. I am always left wondering if the child ever truly was allergic.
Either way, it;s great that he passed the challenge. Now you know for sure!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:33pm
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Congratulations! What wonderful news.

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 12:29am
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That's wonderful. I think the first place I'd take DS is to get icecream, too.
I'm very happy for you!

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 12:34am
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Congratulations!! That is wonderful news...I love hearing stories like this [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 4:30am
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Thank you all for your kind wishes and for all the support and info I have found here,

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 4:55am
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Hooray. What joy.

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 5:01am
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Outstanding!! What an absolute blessing for your family!! I bet it'll take a while before that weird feeling of not having to check labels goes away. When not allergic to it, Peanuts is quite healthy. But ONLY when not allergic.
I could not be happier for you!
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Kimberly
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DS1 (May 2003) PA since Feb 2005
DS2 (Jan 2006) KNA
[i]"With God all things are possible." ~ Matthew 19:26[/i]

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 5:08am
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Quote:Originally posted by turtle:
[b]My ds passed his peanut challenge!
First, the details. He was diagnosed at 2 when at the allergist for testing regarding asthma triggers. [/b]
I also find it really encouraging that a child with asthma has outgrown this. He has really beaten the odds with that one! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Curious, did he ever have a reaction during the time he was allergic?
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Kimberly
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DS1 (May 2003) PA since Feb 2005
DS2 (Jan 2006) KNA
[i]"With God all things are possible." ~ Matthew 19:26[/i]

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 12:06pm
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Kimberly-He never had a reaction except for the large welt when skin tested several times. We were very cautious about being nut free and had him in a nut free daycare.

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 12:33pm
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That`s really exciting, but how do you know he was ever allergic? Always had a positive skin test, even now. Never had a reaction even to inadvertent "challenges" at home. How does the allergist know that it wasn`t a false positive and he was never allergic? Still it`s great news for you. No more worrying about what others are eating. I just wonder how the allergist decided it was an allergy outgrown rather than an allergy that was never there.

Posted on: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 1:20am
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This is great news!! Congratulations!!! Yeah!!

Posted on: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 1:33am
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Wonderful news. Mazel Tov!
Peg

Posted on: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 1:44am
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Congrats! That's wonderful news!

Posted on: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 3:05am
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Wonderful news. And thank you for taking the time to post it here.
I think you did everything just right - careful avoidance even through you had not had a history of big reactions. In many ways you are a model of how parents "on the edge" should treat the situation. [I feel like adding that parents can do everything right and still wind up with out-of-our-control exposures - God knows we had those with Nate.]
What if you had not done as you did? You might have very different results now. It is impossible to know - but you should feel great about how things have turned out.
And many other people may never get it. But many of us do. Warm congratulations.
April

Posted on: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 5:03am
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Quote:Originally posted by turtle:
[b]Kimberly-He never had a reaction except for the large welt when skin tested several times. We were very cautious about being nut free and had him in a nut free daycare.[/b]
Thanks for the reply, turtle. That's fantastic! We've had but one reaction (hives-how we found out) and have been avoiding peanuts like the poison they are to our son. It

Posted on: Sun, 09/23/2007 - 4:00am
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Congratulations on the great news!

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