Passed his peanut challenge

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:40am
turtle's picture
Joined: 12/10/2004 - 09:00

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
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

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
doofusclo's picture
Joined: 12/03/2006 - 09:00

You must be walking on air. Congratulations.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 8:08am
JacksonsMom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

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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Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00


Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:24am
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

Excellent! Our wish for everyone!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:08pm
MFA Mom's picture
Joined: 08/31/2007 - 09:00

Wow, nice to see good news here!!!
Enjoy your new found freedoms!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:55pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

WooHoo! That's great news!
I always like to hear about kids outgrowing their allergies. It gives me hope [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 1:50pm
cfkjc2's picture
Joined: 07/13/2007 - 09:00

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
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:41pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Congratulations to your WHOLE family!


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