Peas & Other Legumes

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 11:58pm
momofmatthew's picture
Joined: 09/06/2005 - 09:00

Hi, I have a question. My ds who has a peanut allergy ate some (maybe 2 or 3) peas last night for the first time. After eating them he started complaining his stomach hurt. No other type of reaction. I watched him for hours last night with thankfully no reaction. Has anyone here also had any type of reaction to peas or other legumes, and if you did what happened? I don't plan on giving him any more of the legume family. Any input would be grateful. Thanks again. You guys are great on this BB.

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 1:19am
ajgauthier's picture
Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

I have a RAST Class II to avocado and mango...I don't get hives or itchy mouth, just a stomache ache.
question...and I ask this b/c he is young...did you "emanate" a "is your stomache hurting" attitude? Was he 'expecting' his stomache to hurt? I know it's hard with children sometimes...
Adrienne :-)
30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 2:10am
momofmatthew's picture
Joined: 09/06/2005 - 09:00

To answer your question, no I did not emanate this question. I didn't get even think about it until he told me his stomach was hurting and then I pulled out my peanut allergy books and looked up the part about other legumes. No problem asking questions, I don't get offended that easily. So you say that your reaction is a stomach ache. Maybe possibly he did have a mild reaction. I'm definitely going to stay away from all legumes. Thanks for your input.

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 2:31am
michaelsmom's picture
Joined: 11/10/2004 - 09:00

There is a thread running in the Reactions/Stories board called "Any one else have PA child who is allergic to Peas?" which you might want to look at. My son's reaction was when he ate a combo of peas and soy so I don't know if he reacted to just one or the combo. He started crying because his throat hurt and his tummy didn't feel good. He was later diagnosed as being allergic to both (and also green beans).
There are many different thoughts regarding feeding a PA child other legumes to which they have not had a reaction. I personally feel that this is a very healthy family of foods and I only avoid the ones to which my son has had reactions. Of course, I now will closely monitor him for any reactions when I do give him a new type of legume (I haven't introduced any new legumes since his reactions). Other people avoid them altogether.

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 12:32pm
jen96ttu's picture
Joined: 07/11/2005 - 09:00

Not too long after DS was diagnosed by RAST with PA, we were ntoicing he would react to eating peas. First it started out as messy diapers. I thought maybe he just didn't tolerate them well. Then when he was over 2 yrs old, he had two instances at daycare where he ate peas at lunch and immediately threw up. Once eating plain peas, the other eating veggie soup that had peas in it. After that I knew he had to avoid them. No more problems since we cut those from his diet. He has been able to eat other legumes. He LOVES pinto beans and he even likes to eat green beans. Something my 6 year old hates! If I were you I'd keep peas out of his diet a while and see how he does. Mention it to your doctor. We haven't cut out all legumes, but I'm going to ask about it at our check up next week.
[This message has been edited by jen96ttu (edited January 26, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 1:10pm
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

My PA son used to eat baby food peas all the time, with no problem. After he had his first, and thank God only, reaction to peanuts at age one, the next two times I fed him peas he threw them up. Tried regular peas again when he was two - I put one in his mouth - he spit it right out but still broke out in hives. He tested positive to all legumes.

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 2:56pm
Tom's picture
Joined: 01/22/2006 - 09:00

I'm allergic to all legumes, get the same reaction to peas as peanuts. It's easier to avoid the peas since they are not as popular in foods. But you do have to be careful, you never know where they'll pop up.

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 9:38pm
Sandy1's picture
Joined: 09/17/2005 - 09:00

We stay away from legumes altogether. My son had his first reaction from peas at a very early age even before I found out he was allergic to peanuts.
At the time he was able to eat chick peas and green beans, but my allergist said to stay clear of all legumes. So we do.
I am "guessing" that total avoidance of all legumes might lesson the severity of his peanut allergy some day.
[This message has been edited by Sandy1 (edited January 26, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 11:08pm
momofmatthew's picture
Joined: 09/06/2005 - 09:00

Thanks to all of you that replied. I actually called my peditrician yesterday and requested an allergy blood test for legumes since he is going for his checkup in April. For now I'm going to avoid them until I get the test results back. This bb is great.

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 11:13am
Lebovitz's picture
Joined: 08/28/2005 - 09:00

Son is PA and related legumes have very high Rast scores. We have too many foods to avoid, but have learned to live with it. It ain't easy at times!

Posted on: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 6:54pm
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

My highly allergic son (PA, MFA, MEA, asthma, eczema) was able to eat beans and other legumes for about 3 months as a toddler until he started reacting to them. Now he is highly allergic to all legumes. AND after feeding him a diet high in legumes (I am a vegetarian and initially thought he would be too) his peanut RAST score went from 0 to 4, then 6. I asked the doctor if there was a connection and he poo pooed it, but to me it was clear as day that giving him the legumes caused him to react very badly to all other legumes, including peanuts.
But understand that my son was highly reactive at the time and his overall IGE was out of this world anyway.


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