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Posted on: Mon, 08/30/2004 - 4:01am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Why does Caitlin have PA? Why not [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
It's the new 'cool' thing [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
OK... We (DW and I) think its because of BF. But not the same reasoning as you all that BF (and ingested peanuts)...
DW is anaph to peanuts -- Never had them while PG with Caitlin... Caitlins never eaten them. Yet, tests positive. Is she allergic? I'd say 'yes', but we dont know for sure.. Maybe we should give her some and find out (nah.. bad idea...)
Anyhow, The other 2 girls are FF, and have NKA, including peanuts... Meghan was RAST and came back negative to the big 8... including nuts/peanuts...
So, Caitlins never had nuts but is allergic... so no fault of mom who didn't overconsume with PB&J's... But it was probably a matter of C's system/immune system being overloaded for 8 mths with allergens, causing issues -- Had DW been on a strict elimination diet, we'd probably still be here, for whatever type of allergy...
Just pick up that dice, find a nice table, and roll it...

Posted on: Mon, 08/30/2004 - 1:19pm
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

I know you said no bad mommy feelings, BUT I thought it was my fault for eating peanut products while pregnant and nursing for years. And then... my nephew was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. My sister did not eat any nut products while pregnant or nursing.
My husband and I have no food allergies. My mom is allergic to blueberries and my sister is allergic to green peppers.
I now think he was just genetically predisposed to food allergies.

Posted on: Wed, 09/01/2004 - 5:32am
coldincanada's picture
Joined: 07/28/2004 - 09:00

We have no idea WHY daughter has peanut allergy. Neither hubby or I have any allergies at all - food or otherwise. I did not eat peanut butter during any pregnancy or nursing (too fattening for me - tee hee). I breastfed for one year all children and did not eat peanut butter. Of course I probably was eating "may or may nots". We are baffled as to why, but doesn't really matter because she is!

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 2:17am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

I dont know. my husband has no allergies and I have some EA's that I developed as an adult, but nothing too bad. My father was allergic to milk as a baby and is allergic to penicillin. My sister and brother have had environmental allergies their whole lives. I dont know about my husbands family as he is adopted. It doesnt make since to me but I dont believe it has anything to do with the couple peanut butter sandwiches I ate. My son's allergy testing also came back positive for egg, soy, banana and milk and peanut. He absolutely refused to even look at bananas and eggs until he was about 15 months old and then started eating them like crazy. He ate four scrabbled eggs the other morning and will eat an entire banana with no difficulty. I swear he was allergic and outgrew it... I just cross my fingers the same thing will happen with milk and peanuts.
James 2yrs NKA
Ben 17 months PA,MA,possible EA, and SA

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 5:26am
SpudBerry's picture
Joined: 07/23/2002 - 09:00

My hubby - PA Son's dad - used to be allergic to the world as a boy - still has asthma.
I have a first cousin - our mother's were sisters - that has a daughter that is PA.
I ate lots of PB while nursing.
I got injections of peanut oil daily for the 1st 2 weeks of the boys' existence. It's part of the IVF protocol - the day after they place the little embryos back in your uterus, they give you daily shots of progesterone in oil for 2 weeks. Mine happpened to be peanut oil.
But with all that said, the part that keeps me sane, is I truly just think it's the luck of the draw. Because the pregnancy produced twins and the other boy is not PA. So it's not like, since I did X - my child is PA, because that is only true 50% of the time for me.

Posted on: Fri, 09/03/2004 - 2:24am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

well, personally I blame winston churchhill.
But thats just a cop out on my part, he had no choice but to as he put it 'put milk in to the mouths of babes', as he had to get them off their mothers boobies, and get the mothers in to factorys during the war!!!
its genetic , on my mums side, her father's mother died after child birth ( pre -second world war , pre dettol days !) so he was fed watered down sweetened cows milk.
He was always covered in ezcema , and had dry skin and itched all his life.
( didnt stop him from being a bit of a ladies man as he grew up !)
Any way, my mum is one of seven surviving children,( of those outside the family we can only guess !!) and most of them had eczema, and one severe asthma.
So to get back to 1996, when William was born, from my side, the family history of asthma and my eczema , and my hubbys adult onset allergies, asthma and hay fever, our baby was primed in utro to be allergic.
I breast fed, but dont blame that entirely for his allergies, William showed the classic symptoms of food allergy under the age of 3 months.
His eczema from day 10 meant that his exposure to 'trigger' foods was through his skin.
How many times at family parties is the baby passed abound and kissed and held with mouths and fingers that have eaten a wide varity of foods?
His allergies to tree pollen are a problem because of his birth month, he was born pre-programmed to react to trigger substances, and from birth was exposed to dog ( on familys clothes and old carpet in house from previous owners) and cat, and of course tree pollen.
It was all there waiting to happen before he was born.
why we have been lucky enough to only have one allergic child out of four , I must put again down to genetics, and how individual every person is , and who can tell what allergies will develop when they are adults?
Not that I would wish allergies upon them, but would not be surprised if I had grandchildren with allergies.
We have just heard that one my husbands cousins children has a life threatening allergy to bananas. And yes he has epi -pens, which are kept in the kitchen ,just in case, although how much good it will do him if he is at school reacting I cant tell!!!!
williams allergies to date,
peanut/all beans/ partially cooked egg/ kiwi fruit/ as yet unknown food colouring or additive/ marmite /bovril/ tree pollen/ cat/ dog/ dustmite/ hay fever.
( oh, and as I write this list we have started a new term with a new teacher, and no, he doesnt know how to use and epi pen, we wait for the school community nurse to have the time to visit the school. I think I will have to make my presence felt once more in the school!)
[This message has been edited by williamsmummy (edited September 03, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 09/03/2004 - 3:56am
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

My honest opinion is this and please don't think i am crazy.
I honestly just think that God made us all different and Christopher is different because he is PA.
MY little guy is different because he has glasses and strong ones at that.
MY DD is different because God gave her ear troubles.
I have never ever even thought it was anyones fault.
If we were all the same it would be a boring world.
So Alternative my answer is my son is PA because God made him that way.
Good luck Claire

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 1:11am
b and c's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

It's genetic! I blame my wife's brothers. We just found out yesterday that when they eat Cashews and Peanuts that they both get queazy. They never mentioned it before, and we have been dealing with this for 9 years.
Of course I don't really blame them.....well not entirely.

Posted on: Wed, 09/08/2004 - 12:43am
robinlp's picture
Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

My DH had food allergies (fish) and asthma (dust mites) as a child so I believe that the genetic card definitely played a part. However, I find it strange that out of three children the only one who is PA (so far) is the one child that I craved peanut butter during my pregnancy. I mean I LIVED on it. I am so upset about that today, but I was not aware of the dangers of eating PB.

Posted on: Wed, 09/08/2004 - 3:18am
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I can't even really blame genetics. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
I come from an extremely large extended family. (Not counting related through marriage - just blood relatives in literally in the hundreds.)
Growing up - one cousin had a shell-fish allergy.
As an adult I developed peanut and sesame seed - and about that same time, big bro developed peanut, and big sis developed peanut and soy and a whole big list of other foods.
Found out an uncle has a shell-fish allergy.
Very few EA's in the family either. So, what the heck happened to us? Three out of five developed allergies as adults. And, my kids, well, I always figured the penicillin and sulfa-drug allergies came from their dad's side. But, then, we add in the latex for one, and insects for another. (I personally consider them similar to fa's so - I take the blame for those ones. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )
So, to answer your question Cindy - I have absolutely no idea.


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