\"Peanut Allergy May Be Preventable\"--Article

Posted on: Sat, 06/12/2004 - 2:35pm
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I was waiting for an appointment today and browsing Child Magazine where I read a brief warning about a new study linking soy formula/milk to peanut allergies. Not a lot of info so I looked it up on Google and found this article from last year. Any thoughts or links to more info? I want to ask my Allergist if we should discontinue soy milk (she hates the taste of cows) for our 2 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter. By the way, she had milk formula as an infant but switched to soy milk at about 13mths. She also had mild ezcema and now checking the lotion I used to use find that it had Almond Oil (one of the nuts she is also allergic to). Now the guilt if this is truely the cause.

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Posted on: Sat, 06/12/2004 - 3:33pm
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by mom2gracie:
[b]Now the guilt if this is truely the cause.[/b]
I've never had soy milk in my life, not even once. Yet I am PA. So there is no reason to feel guilty as I developed PA at 2 years of age having never had soy milk.

Posted on: Sat, 06/12/2004 - 3:52pm
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mom2gracie, I'm with erik on this one. My PA son has NEVER had soy milk in his life (he is now 8-1/2). He was breast-fed until he was 5-1/2 months old at which time I switched him to Carnation (now Nestle) Good Start formula. He drank that until he was exactly one year old (to the date) and switched to homo cow's milk.
As far as feeling badly about your daughter's ezcema and finding that the lotion she has has a tree nut oil in it, I wouldn't feel badly. Stop using the lotion, obviously, but don't feel badly. You're not the first person to make a mistake, especially when it concerns a non-food product.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 06/12/2004 - 4:06pm
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Yes Cindy, I agree. Every week there is a new supposed cause of PA and everyone starts to feel guilty, but no one really knows the cause. As you mentioned, you didn't really eat PA when you were pregnant, you didn't give Jesse soy milk, etc.. so all of these theories are just theories.. they are not proven. I think there was nothing I could have done to prevent becoming PA.. it's just one of those things that happened.
I see you're still a night owl [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 06/12/2004 - 11:06pm
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Hmmmmmmmmmm. [i]Soy?[/i]. I must be in trouble, then. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
My son was so "colicky" (for lack of another description), [i]we tried a lot of formulas[/i]. Yup, his pediatrician knew about it too. He was absolutely fantastic about [i]all[/i] the phone calls.
I breast fed for several months, but ya know, he was just as "colicky" on the breast milk. I did think he was more entertained and soothed with breastfeeding, but he adapted to the bottle. So well, he was 4 when he [i]finally[/i] gave up a morning, midday, and evening bottle. (Maybe more). [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] (He usually gobbled them down in a few minutes. No toying with the bottles.) Maybe it was a "quiet time" "down time" type of issue. No matter tho. I didn't think he was going to be sitting in a college lecture hall with one. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] To each [i]his own[/i].
He has a great smile too.
BTW, "colicky" is sort of a catch all term for *me*. I mean, [i]he practically never burped up[/i].
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Just describing some tidbits from my *own, highly individual, unique, and personal past*.

Posted on: Sat, 06/12/2004 - 11:26pm
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Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

My son has NeVer had soymlk in his life!!!!

Posted on: Sun, 06/13/2004 - 12:36am
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erik, I had actually gone to bed and woken up with a really bad nightmare that I had to "break" and a really bad headache, so I popped on here. But yes, still sometimes a night owl.
Momma Bear, my PA son was extremely colicky as a baby. I do believe he became less so when he started to drink formula. Would have to check the colicky thread.
erik, you're absolutely right. I didn't eat pb certainly and my intake of peanut products themselves would have been minimal when I was pregnant with Jesse, yet, lo and behold, I have a PA child. That's why I've never allowed myself to feel guilty when the pregnant/breastfeeding *issue* comes up, because I know, that for my son, it was not the case.
The same with this soy milk thing.
I really get the sense that people want/need to put their fingers on what causes different things in life specifically and that is so hard to do. Why is my child PA? What did I do *wrong* so that if I have any more children they won't be PA?
And certainly it's not solely with PA.
But both of my pregnancies were exactly the same, same set of parents (who probably shouldn't have been allowed to pro-create [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ), same eating, and yet I have one PA child and one non-PA child.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 06/13/2004 - 12:45am
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Joined: 07/05/2001 - 09:00

The only forumula that my pa child could keep down was the nutramagin, we tried every other formula out there, he was allergic to it.
As for his eczema, we were told to give him the aveeno bath treatments and lotion him with it. Guess what?! He is allergic to [b]oats[/b]. We used it for over a year. Talking about feeling stupid.
I feel that with the food allergies is is done mostly by trial and error. The only reason we found out my son was allergic to peanuts was through a skin test in the doctors office. We were testing him for other allergies at the time.
You can't feel guilty for what you don't know. I chock up my sons allergies to a long line of asthma/allergy genes. Runs in our family.
best wishes,

Posted on: Sun, 06/13/2004 - 10:38pm
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Renee11064, off topic, but doesn't Aveeno have almond oil in it as well (besides oats?)?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 06/13/2004 - 11:58pm
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Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Some random thoughts on allergies:
Lets say young baby is allergic to cows milk, And the parents change the babies formula to soy, and he thrives on it...
Now, if you are allergic to cows milk, maybe theres a chance you are also allergic to peanuts (or oats, or whatever...). Generally, lets say, that you can be allergic to many things at once (especially given a history of it, see genetics)
Therefore, SOME (not all, just some) milk allergic kids are also peanut allergic... and they are drinking soy milk. So does soy cause it? no. Could the child be allergic to soy too? You bet...
And I've got a good story about genetics, but can't get into it now -- I've been wrong for a while now (as I found out last night) re: genetics. I still believe in genetics playing a huge role, but...

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2004 - 1:33pm
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Joined: 05/26/2004 - 09:00

[quote]Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[B]Renee11064, off topic, but doesn't Aveeno have almond oil in it as well (besides oats?)?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I just read the ingredients on my Aveeno moisterizing bar soap - no almond oil.
I always read them but seeing your question made me jump up and look anyway. I thought OMG could I have missed something?
You asked Renee - hope it's o.k. I answered.
Stay safe

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