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Posted on: Tue, 02/09/1999 - 2:48pm
Donna's picture
Joined: 01/31/1999 - 09:00

<p>The stories are so familiar.There is extensive history of allergies on both sides of the family- everyone has some sort of allergy. </p>
<p>My son had his first reaction at 8 months. It was severe. The first thing I said to the dr was 'It's peanuts'. </p>
<p>After the RAST test came back the first question I asked was ' Did this happen because I ate peanutbutter everyday while I was pregnant?' </p>
<p>Even without knowing ANYTHING about peanut allergy I KNEW. Of course she told me no, she also said my eating pb while nursing would not affect him and he would only react if he ate some. </p>
<p>He is 4 and has had several reactions, apparently to airborn particles, even reacting when someone came into my home.</p>
<p>If you are pregnant you can live without peanuts. Some peanut allergic children are not able to live with them.</p>

Posted on: Wed, 02/10/1999 - 1:11am
tracy's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

<p>Donna (and everyone),</p>
<p>I have a similar story. I don't even like peanut butter that much, but I ate it during pregnancy and breastfeeding because of all the literature my doctor gave me which said it was a "good source of protein." I followed his diet recommendations very closely because I wanted to do the right thing. When I was rushed for time, I ate peanut butter on toast -- to get the blessed protein. I breastfed my child until he was a year old and then thought, "thank goodness I don't have to worry about eating 3 protein servings a day," and I thew out the peanut butter jar. 2 weeks later my son picked up a girl scout peanut butter cookie at a football party and ate it, then suffered a pretty dramatic reaction (vomiting, hives, swelling, itching). This was his first known exposure to peanuts. I was *shocked* when his allergist told me I probably sensitized him while breastfeeding.</p>
<p>If it is known that there *might* be a link between eating peanuts and sensitizing a child, then why isn't the US media jumping all over this? Why do doctors not know anything about it? My husband and I told our pediatrician about my family history with allergies and he didn't say anything about avoiding peanuts for the mother or child. We also asked point blank at our son's 1-year checkup if there was anything he should not eat. The pediatrician said he could eat everything.</p>
<p>I've also talked to many friends and NO-ONE has heard anything about keeping small children away from peanut butter or avoiding peanuts during breastfeeding. In fact, everyone I've talked to with children has said things like, "oh, my child started eating peanut butter when he/she was 12 months old..." My lactation consultant, who keeps up with the latest studies hadn't heard anything about it. </p>
<p>Frustrated, Tracy</p>

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/1999 - 2:06pm
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

Here is the recent response to our request that the March of Dimes stops promoting peanuts to pregnant people.
From the March of Dimes>>>
Hi. Our investigation picked up that 1998 item from the London Department
of Health, along with some other items from the UK (letters in the journal
Lancet last year) and one from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical
Immunology in 1995. And our former medical director, a pediatric
immunologist, took an interest in your question and consulted three leading
academic pediatric allergists at University of Chicago, U. of Georgia and
of Colorado. Consensus is that there is no evidence of prenatal
sensitization to peanut allergen(s). Although the possibility has not been
ruled out, it remains theoretical, and weakly so. One commentator has
raised the equally theoretical, contrary possibility that prenatal exposure
to potential food allergens may be beneficial insofar as it may induce
immune tolerance: this scenario would be consistent with the established
fact that the early fetal immune system goes through a period during which
it "learns" tolerance to a wide range of potential antigens, including
foreign proteins. (That is why antigenically foreign material, such as
donor tissue or organs, can be transplanted into a fetus and -- if this is
done early enough in development -- the transplant will survive
after birth without need for immunosuppressive drugs.) In sum, we didn't
find enough theoretical reason to discourage our Alabama chapter from its
peanut-related folic acid educational effort. -- Dick
Leavitt, March of Dimes

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/1999 - 3:04pm
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Kinda feels like a slap in the face, doesn't it?! [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/1999 - 3:43pm
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

Let's remember while the rest of the developed world had already significantly reduced the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome or crib deaths) simply by placing the baby on its back or side to sleep yet the American Pediatricians took several years longer to reach the same conclusion. This idea started had in New Zealand not in the US. Scientists here often ignore or downplay the significance of findings from other countries and those studies published in non-US journals. Just because three selected opinions say "NO WAY" it does not mean that maternally-consumed peanuts do not sensitize a fetus.
My son's allergist actually asked me if I had eaten peanuts while I was pregnant. I didn

Posted on: Sat, 05/01/1999 - 1:41pm
Julie's picture
Joined: 04/27/1999 - 09:00

Well, yes, I'm another example of eating ALOT of PB during pregnancy!! I was known as the "PEANUT BUTTER QUEEN" all through my life because that's all I ate as a child and throughout my pregnancies. I don't eat much meat so I thought it would be a great protein supply!!! I ate it through both pregnancies and nursing both of my children. I didn't find out that my son was allergic until after I was done nursing my daughter. He had really bad eczema on his cheeks and threw up a hard boiled egg when he was 1 year old. After we took him to an allergist, he said to avoid peanuts, strawberries, etc. because he was prone to allergies. My husband has hayfever. He tested positive for egg then but can eat anything with egg in it, just not straight egg. At 18 months my husband forgot what the allergist had suggested and gave him a bite of pb toast. He broke out in hives and swelling around his eyes. He has since had about three or so exposures. However, we have always kept our daughter away from peanuts too, but after exposure last weekend, found out that she too is allergic. I just can't help but think and feel in my heart that they are both allergic to this because of the HUGE quantities of pb that I ate while pregnant and nursing. Chris, if there is anything you would like me to do; write a testimonial, sign a petition, whatever, let me know and I'll help anyway that I can. I don't know why literature can't just say "There is an unscientific link to eating pb during pregnancy and nursing and having your child allergic to peanut butter, so take caution" Just so that women aren't BLIND to this potential.

Posted on: Sat, 05/01/1999 - 2:22pm
Rhonda's picture
Joined: 04/21/1999 - 09:00

Yikes! Chris I just read your email on PB and Pregnancy - this scares me because I was unaware of this allergy before my son reacted and the first thing I thought of was all that peanut butter I ate during my pregnacy. I have been told repeatedly that Brian may have still had this allergy with or without me eating it everyday. It makes me wonder though, I have no allergies nor does my husband - hmmm?? If I had been told that to be safe I could have stayed away from it I would have in a flash.
I guess what I am trying to say is that we have to get the message out there - hold off on Peanuts just to be safe - it won't kill you - in fact it could save a life.

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/1999 - 3:11am
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

Here are some links to information about how the pregnancy/lactation/peanut issue has been handled in the UK.
In 1998, pregnant women and breast feeding women were "advised in a government report to avoid eating peanuts in a bid to reduce the number of children who develop peanut allergy".
Zosia Kmietowicz, British Medical Journal 1998;316:1926 (27 June ) "Women warned to avoid peanuts during pregnancy and lactation."
This link indicates that the report from the UK government's "Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment" can be obtained from the Department of Health, PO Box 410. Wetherby, North Yorkshire LS23 7LN (fax from the US dial 011 44 1937 845381).
A couple of news articles from the BBC NEWS
June 22, 1998 "Breast feeding and pregnant women have been warned that eating peanuts could lead to their children developing a potentially lethal allergy."
June 29, 1998: On a private clinic in London "The Ante-Natal Allergy Screening Service."
[This message has been edited by EILEEN (edited May 06, 1999).]

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/1999 - 1:23pm
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

I know I'm replying to this kinda late, but I too, ate tons of PB while I was pregnant and nursing (up to nine months). It just seems odd to me that so many of us now have allergic children. All I know is despite what any doctors might tell me (and let's face it-we all have received questionable advice since the allergy was discovered) I'm going to avoid all nuts the next time around...Shan

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/1999 - 1:31pm
Kelly Morse's picture
Joined: 03/13/1999 - 09:00

You can count me as a PB eater while pregnant! I, too, am famous for all of the sandwiches I have consumed over the years. In fact, I was so "in-love" with PB that even after we found out about Spencer's allergies I continued to hide a jar for "quick fix's" after his bed time. I have since cleaned up our house and gone "cold turkey." I believe that the many jars of PB contibuted to Spencers condition. He is a category IV and we have never had a known situation where he has gotten peanuts. Because we found out about his allergy while he was still eating formula and occasional baby food (at six months) his exposure had to have come in-utero. We found out about his allergy by accident because he was having reactions to the egg noodles in some of the baby food and went through all of the testing twice.
I hope this info helps Chris!
Kelly M
Another Mom in Michigan



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