Peanut Allergies and Autism

Posted on: Fri, 07/06/2001 - 6:26pm
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Hello Everyone,
I'm the mother of a seven year old child with a severe peanut allergy and mild autism.When my son Matthew was one and a half years old, he had a severe reaction to peanut butter, thus came the peanut alergy.I would be interested to know if anyone else has a child with diagnosedn Autism and food allergy. Thanks Moni

Posted on: Mon, 07/09/2001 - 12:20pm
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Hi Moni,
My children do not have autism, but my niece does. From what I've learned there seems to be a link between food allergies/intolerances and autism, although I've never seen anyone mention PA with autism.
My PA son is also allergic to corn and I've seen several parents of corn allergic children mention their child was misdiagnosed as autistic before their corn allergy was discovered. I believe that some food allergies don't cause the classic symptoms and are frequently misdiagnosed as anything from autism to ADHD to depression to psychosis. I know of one child who has tried to commit suicide as a reaction to one of his diagnosed food allergens.
I've also recently learned that some parents have helped their autistic children by eliminating wheat and milk from their diets. Do these children really have autism or just a food allergy or intolerance with autistic-like symptoms. Because my niece has a self limiting diet consisting almost exclusively of wheat and dairy I wonder if this might be the case with her...
Rebekah

Posted on: Sun, 07/22/2001 - 10:10am
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Allergies creating symptoms of autism are called cerebral allergies.......I read about a case involving a milk allergy.......however the child seemed to recover once the allergen was removed (it took a while though). This might help you find more information.

Posted on: Wed, 07/25/2001 - 2:32pm
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My 27 month old PA son does not talk, and at times I wonder about a mild case of Autism. I brought him to the ENT to have his ears/hearing checked, but ther were fine. He also has terrible eczema. We go back to the allergist next month for more testing.

Posted on: Thu, 07/26/2001 - 3:08am
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susann, I know it is frustrating (to say the least) but some children just don't seem to see the *need* to talk until they are a lot older... I had a neice who was like this.... her sister talked a blue streak starting at a year old, but she said very little until she was nearly in kindergarten. She understood just fine, but didn't talk.... she even threw fits in her 2s and 3s when you couldn't figure out what she wanted, but she still wouldn't speak. They took her to several doctors, all of whom ran tests, but then just shrugged and said she would talk when she was good and ready. She amazed everyone by one day simply replying in complete sentences. (Hope this is the case with your little one,too) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2001 - 10:14am
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My 7 year old son has a peanut allergy. My 11 year old son has no food allergies but has an autism spectrum disorder called Asperger's Syndrome (similar to high functioning autism). My PA son definitely has some autistic tendancies (poor eye contact, stims) but I have never sought a diagnosis for him and he has improved significantly over the past year.

Posted on: Wed, 11/28/2001 - 12:55pm
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My 2 year old son is PA and was recently given a tentative PDD diagnosis. He is substantially speech delayed and displays sensory integration issues as well as other autistic spectrum characteristics. In addition to home-based therapies he receives, he is going to start attending a school program for children with similar developmental delays. In my discussions with the director of this program, I was informed that the "overwhelming majority" of kids in this school had peanut allergies!! Is anyone else out there aware of this 'coincidence' and has any research been done on the correlation between food allergies and autistic spectrum disorders?

Posted on: Thu, 11/29/2001 - 2:23pm
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I am having my PA son evaluted for autism. He was diagnosed with sensory intergration dysfunction. I have been reading lately abouth the mercury/thermisol connection in the vacines given. Some children are more sensitive to the mercury. Mercury poisoning and autism have alot of the same characteristics, including more allergies. So, I am having my two children tested for mecury.

Posted on: Thu, 12/06/2001 - 9:35am
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Susann,
How do you test for Mercury poisoning? Assuming a positive result, what is the treatment/therapy -- and, more importantly, what is the prognosis? By the way, both my 2 year old PA son and my non-allergic 4 1/2 year old have been diagnosed with sensory integration dysfunction. They both receive occupational therapy, but I have not seen much improvement. Has anything helped your child?

Posted on: Sat, 12/08/2001 - 5:41am
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mom2boys
We have an appointment on the 17th to discuss mercury testing with a doctor. So, I will know more then. There is information on mercury-vaccine connection [url="http://www.autism.com/ari"]www.autism.com/ari[/url] and there is an article by Dr Amy Holmes on the healing-arts.org site. My son has been receiving OT since October. He is vocalizing more. I just had my 4 1/2 yr daughter evaluated by the school and they do not want to evaluate for Sensory Integration. They see it as a behavior problem and I need to see a behaviorist. But I see the behavior as an outcome of the sensory issues.

Posted on: Fri, 01/18/2002 - 5:22am
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I have never heard of a coorelation between peanut allergy and autism until now. Kate talked in complete sentences when she was 18 months old and is a straight A student. I will be interested to see what information you turn up on this subject. Good Luck

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