SIBLINGS WITH SEVERE PA !!

Posted on: Fri, 10/08/1999 - 12:37pm
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Is there anyone else that has two children with severe Peanut allergies ?? My Doctor told me that It is very unusual to have two siblings with this. Does anyone else have two children with this allergy ? Or are we the only ones??? Any information would be great.

Posted on: Sat, 10/09/1999 - 12:00am
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I don't think it is too unusual as there are several families in the support group that I attend who have two or more peanut allergic children and there is a another family at our elementary school with two peanut allergic children.

Posted on: Sun, 10/10/1999 - 1:55pm
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Deena, Our eldest child has a PB allergy, the other does not, however I recently spoke with a women whose two children were 3yrs apart like mine. Her eldest from such a young age PB allergic her youngest not. The youngest had been tested-this started to sound so familiar as mine had just been recently tested(negative). Then she told me when her child turned 8yrs(first testing done at 3yrs)he had a reaction to PB - they had him tested and now her two children are both PB. It makes me wonder what my little one might have in store for him. You are not alone-Keep Safe and Happy
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Lisa

Posted on: Tue, 10/12/1999 - 2:38pm
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My 3 year old twins are both PA. Our pediatric allergist thought that it was quite unusual that both twins are PA since they're not identical.

Posted on: Tue, 10/12/1999 - 3:07pm
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I am in a support group here in Canberra, Australia for parents of kids with life threatening food allergies. In our group, that has about 30 families, we have 3 of those families who have more than one child that is allergic (and one of those families includes a set of non identical twins - both who have severe allergies). So around here at least it does not seem to be very rare to have siblings who are allergic.

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/1999 - 12:11am
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My husband has been PA since a infant and has twin. He also has 8 brother's and sister. Not one has a food allergy of any kind. His twin brother eats peanuts by the handful and it doesn't bother him at all. He is part of a huge family and when we researched to see if anyone has a food allergy, not one person does. Who is to say someone doesn't develope it later. But right now he is the only one. The family does relize (do to seeing a violent reaction) that if they show any signs of a food allergy to take it very seriously.

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/1999 - 11:04am
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I have a four year old son with peanut allergies diagnosed at 18 months. I also have a daughter who is almost three. I have kept all peanuts and nuts away from her just as I do my son. I was told that the later they are given peanuts the better there chances are of not having the allergy. I am going to have her tested in the allergist's office in a couple of months. Also ,I have been told that siblings only have a slight chance of developing this serious allergy.

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/1999 - 2:17pm
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I have an 8 year old son who is severly PA and my five year old son tested positive (skin test) to peanut when he was three. The blood test came back mildly positive. The allergist recommended food challenging him when he turned five and was going to kindergarten. We just did that as he just started kingergarten and it was incredibly stressful. We did it at Children's Hospital in case emergency attention was needed. As it turns out, he had no reaction to peanut. It was great news!

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/1999 - 12:37am
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To those of you with a PA older child, and younger children not yet tested: I have an almost 3 year old PA child, and an almost 1 year old child. As of yet we don't know whether the younger is PA. I have recently been wondering if we should have him tested soon, or hold off for awhile, keeping him away from peanuts as long as possible to maybe "ward off" the impending allergy. My husband thinks that if our youngest child is going to be PA (which is very likely) then he should be tested in a controlled environment, and soon. I'm not sure, since the test itself is an exposure. What do you all think in regard to having your younger children tested? Thanks for any info you can provide!!

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/1999 - 12:51am
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Tammy,
If I were in your position, I would wait until my younger child was at LEAST 3 years old before exposing them to the allergen. At 3 years of age, the immune system starts maturing and behaving "normally". At that time, I would schedule an appointment with an allergist for testing. If all is well, then you could probably feel OK. I think your youngest is still a little young to be doing food challenges/exposures since he/she is at increased risk for developing the allergy.
Christine

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/1999 - 4:39am
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Christine,
Thanks for your advice. Do you have any concerning having our oldest child re-tested before entering school (he's almost 3)? We were told he'd never outgrow it, so I doubt he'd test any differently, and I know it would be another exposure, but... we moved about a year ago and haven't seen an allergist since his first test/diagnosis. I thought maybe it would be good to have more recent info to give his school when the time comes. ? What do you think?

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