Short article in March 2005 Parenting Magazine

Posted on: Sat, 02/12/2005 - 3:13am
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Hi everyone,
I just received the newest issue of Parenting magazine and (on page 37) found this blurb about peanut allegries:
"About 50 percent of kids with mild peanut allergies outgrow them, often by age 5. Once they do, the best way to keep symptoms away may be to provide a monthly snack of peanuts. What to do: if it's been 18 months since your child's peanut allergy was first diagnosed, ask your doctor about a peanut challenge, which is done under medical supervision. If she passes, add a few peanuts (or at the most a tablespoon of peanut butter) back to her diet. But continue carrying an EPI pen (epinephrine injections, which stop an allergy attack). If she passes the challenge for a year, the allergy is gone for good".

I'm interested in everyone's comments; my two year old daughter was diagnosed with PA last December and we just had a follow up with the allergist. I asked him if, based on her skin test or a blood test at a later date, could he tell us just how severe Evie's PA is (I was concerned because her prick test reaction spread 4 inches across her back). The allergist said no, because a child who has had several mild reactions can all of a sudden have a severe reaction and that even the blood testing isn't 100% fullproof -- so I'm a little confused about this Parenting article as it mention children with "mild peanut allergies."

Thanks in advance -- this is a great message board for frightened and/or confused parents!

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