Siblings: likely to be PA?

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 11:49am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I was curious of how many of you out there wether PA or parent of PA have one PA child and another that has tested positive? My PA daughter who will bw 5 on the 23rd of this month (hurray we have made it 5 years) and a daughter who is just 2. When my youngest was born I asked my allergist what her chances were for PA , he told me she had the same chances as anyother joe out there, and he would test her at the age of 2 to calm my nerves. Having a sister that is Pa she has never even had anytnhing with nuts, not even anything that has a waning on it's lable. Maybe I'm at bit paranoid, over-protective, who knows but as long as she lives in the same house as her sister(wether she tests positive or not) NUTS are out for her diet. Any insight on this topic let me know?

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 12:11pm
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

My allergist said the same thing about our younger son. He has the same chance as any other child of developing this allergy.
We knew of my older son's pa (he's 3 1/2 now) before I got pregnant with my second son. Because of that, we had no peanut butter or peanut products in our house. I did not eat anything with peanuts during my second pregnancy (unlike my first pregnancy--I lived on pb sandwiches).
Also, my younger son is 17 months old now and has never been exposed to peanuts. He never will be until he's much older and probably not until he's been tested at the allergist's office. Deanna

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 12:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

My PA son is 4 1/2 now and my younger son is 2. We recently had him tested because we were concerned that he was allergic to milk (just severly lactose intolerant-can you outgrow that?) but he tested negative to peanuts and all tree nuts. He did test allergic to several environmental ones.

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 1:54pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Well, my situation is a bit different so I'm not sure it applies. I am PA and neither of my children has ever been exposed to peanuts that I'm aware of. My son tested positive for PA as well as tons of other stuff about the time he turned 3. Based on family history we had my daughter tested when she turned two and she is also PA. I think they both inherited it from me.

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 6:23pm
Gwen Thornberry's picture
Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

I'm the youngest in my family (1 brother and sister) and the only PA of my immediate and extended family. My daughter is not PA, and loves to eat pn when I'm not around. I think it at least goes to show that your kids may some day have pa-free kids of their own!

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 8:14pm
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Fed up my son is 14 and the only allergic so far. My daughter is 9 and loves peanut butter when she goes without me. I have a 2 year old but he has never had any kind of nut. He has had food that says may contain and he loves M&Ms. I am way to scared to see him eat nuts. However not having it my house he probably will not get any peanut butter for a long time. My daughter got her first peanut butter product totally by accident. She was at my brothers house and got into his peanut butter cups she found in a halloween bucket. They called me panicking,but I told them to keep her right there because they are by the hospital and I drove up to there house to watch her. She was fine. I have no other relatives with peanut reaction. The only food I could eat when I was pregnant was a lot of peanut butter. I mean you have no clue how much. Take care Claire

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 10:23pm
DeeJay's picture
Joined: 07/05/2000 - 09:00

My now-ten year old son had a peanut allergic reaction at 15 months. My six year old was never exposed to peanuts, and yet tested allergic through blood tests. His scores are not nearly as high as my older son but unfortunately you can't tell the severity of a peanut allergy by numbers alone. I have hayfever but no other allergies. My husband has a mild walnut allergy. From what I've read, if one or both parents have allergies to anything, the children have a much greater chance of developing food allergies. I wish I had known that fact before I had my first son, I would never have given him peanut butter before at least age 3.

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 11:01pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I worry about this subject, too, since my almost 6 year old PA and TNA daughter now has a 4 month old baby brother. I have avoided peanuts and tree nuts 100% while pregnant with him and breastfeeding. I will continue to do so during the entire breastfeeding period, and I do not plan to let him try anything of that sort until just before kindergarten. At that point I will probably do it at my doctor's office, even if I just sit in the waiting room and feed him. (Well, I guess I will see what the allergist says but that is my own thinking about the situation...) I am quite concerned that my baby could be PA, because he seems to be allergic to soy (in my diet) at this point. We'll have to wait and see.
[This message has been edited by California Mom (edited October 17, 2000).]

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 11:54pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thanks Everyone!!

Posted on: Mon, 10/16/2000 - 11:54pm
BENSMOM's picture
Joined: 05/20/2000 - 09:00

My son was not diagnosed PA until his sister was 2. My son never tried peanutbutter until he was three and then didn't like it (didn't react though.) I thought, stupidly, that I should give my daughter peanutbutter at an earlier age so she would have a better chance of liking it. (Wouldn't we all love to whip up a pb&j for our kids for lunch.) Anyway, she did have pb and pb flavored things and liked them and never reacted. She also loved all kinds of nuts. Since my son was diagnosed she hasn't had any nuts. She's 2 1/2 now. She has no eczema (she's also never had cow's milk except what's used in cooking) and no signs of general allergy that my son always had, so I think she is not an "allergic child". I will probably have her tested when she turns 3 and get my son re-tested.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 4:19am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi, All! This thread timing is perfect. Our oldest is PA/TNA, tested at 18 mos. and is now almost 4. Our youngest has (as far as we know) never been exposed to peanuts/nuts. He's almost 2. We're considering having him tested. Our 'gut' feeling is he's not allergic, but eczema has shown up on him lately. [img][/img] We would have to have him skin tested - he wouldn't be able to do the blood drawing - but I don't want to expose him yet. Then again, as we all know, you don't react to the first exposure. How confusing and frustrating this whole testing thing gets sometimes!! The allergist who tested our oldest son said our younger child would have a greater chance of being allergic. I was pregnant at the time we found out about our 1st son's PA. The allergist suggested I stay away from all the big allergy foods. You can believe I did!! Except milk - and so far it seems he's okay. But someone suggested the other day that may be where his eczema is coming from. Sorry, rambling... Take care [img][/img]


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