Tonight DD ate about a quarter teaspoon of I.M. Healthy Chocolate Soy Nut Butter. Five minutes later she had a hive on her face (her usual spot for beginning a reaction). Nothing else happened and the hive is fading after Benadryl. She is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg--none of which are listed in the ingredients. She had had nothing else to eat for over two hours prior and our house is very allergen-safe. DD drank soy-based Isomil for 2 1/2 years and has never had a problem with soy. Has anyone else had a problem with cross-contamination or mislabeling of I. M. Healthy products?
On Jul 31, 2002
My dd eats this product or the Trader Joe's variety almost daily and has had no problems, if it is any help. Was it on a cracker or bread that could be questionable? Just a thought... becca
On Aug 1, 2002
Check some of the old threads about soy nut butter. I think it's pretty clear the I.M. Healthy brand is made in a nut free plant. I doubt the soy butter did it unless she has developed a new allergy to soy.
"One hive" reactions make me kinda suspicious that it's just some fleeting little bump and not hives. Hives develop so fast it's hard to imagine seeing "one" all by itself. Even my non-allergic daughter gets odd little bumps or marks here and there every once in a while, but when my PA son gets one I go on High Alert. I'd say there's a good chance it wasn't a reaction, especially if there were no other symptoms.
On Aug 1, 2002
We've gone through seven or eight jars of different I.M. products (though not the chocolate variety) without any problems. ******************************************** As for the hive -- we did have one very definite reaction last fall that involved just one visible hive. While we have had some mystery spots at other times, this was a definite raised-white-bump-on-a-red-patch hive -- the likes of which I had only seen previously when M actually ingested PB.
Along with this hive (and following some rubbing and itching of nearby skin) M also said that his nose and throat hurt/felt funny.
I gave him Benadryl, and we (my husband arrived at this point) drove him directly to our physician's office (a former ER doc, with a very well equipped facility less than five minutes away). More to the story than I have time to add here, but suffice it to say that one visible hive can very well be part of a reaction.
At the doctor's, we were expecting the usual "no problem, take him on home and relax" -- but instead wound up with a roomful of medical people, and a lot of concern for the better part of an hour. (At which point M sat up and asked if he could have a sticker, please?...!)
I should add that that situation had nothing to do with the soy butter, by the way! We were in a room where several children had eaten peanut butter cups (Lunchables dessert -- ugh) a short time before, so we can only assume it was a contact reaction. First, last and only time we linger in an area where we see PB candy wrappers...
*For all the new folks on the board: While we didn't use the Epi that time, I don't want to suggest that it (not using one) was the right thing to do. We weren't seeing the visual cues we had associated with past reactions -- but we did know that a contact reaction was a possibility. If we were in the same situation over again, I would be much more likely to use the Epi.
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On Aug 1, 2002
We started using the IM Healthy Soynut Butter as a substitute for peanut butter when my son's PA developed at age 6. Within several months of starting to use the product, my son started having reactions to it. Even though he'd previously been fine with soy, he was now allergic to it (Confirmed with a RAST test). I assume part of the problem was that he was eating the stuff several times a week, and that was an awful lot of soy compared to what he'd been exposed to previously.
Soy is a legume, like peanuts, so I don't think it's totally off the wall to suspect that a soy allergy could be developing. Could you have your daughter tested for soy allergy?
Anyway, I really don't think IM Healthy's products are cross-contaminated with peanuts/nuts, but is it possible that the chocolate version is cross-contaminated with dairy?
Just some ideas, Debbie
On Aug 3, 2002
Thanks to all for the input. We called IM Healthy and were assured that their plant is peanut, tree nut, dairy and egg-free. They seemed pretty reliable on the phone. BTW, DD had soy milk today with no reaction.
On Aug 4, 2002
My son just had some IM Healthy soy nut butter this morning with no reactions at all. I hope you get to the bottom of your son's reaction.