son might be PA

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 3:06am
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I think my son (20 months) might be PA. I've never given him PB, nor do I eat PB since I'm still breastfeeding him. I try to stay away from "may contain" products as well. Several months ago I gave him a cookie that I hadn't checked the label first -- he had a really bad night afterwards (extreme fussiness, wakefullness), and yep, the label did in fact say "may contain..".

I've got several allergies myself, although none to food products. From the reading I've done, I understand that children can inherit a propensity to *have* an allergy or allergies, but not necessarily the same specific allergies that their parent has.

Until I know for sure, I'm treating him as though he IS PA. I'm unemployed (following a layoff over a year ago), full time Mommy. Husband is working a new job overseas. We don't have insurance, so I'm trying to get my son on medicaid so I can get him tested and hopefully get an epi-pen or two.

Hubby thinks I'm being silly. He says "just give him a spoonful of PB and see what happens".

I freaked out at the grocery store a couple weeks ago -- the "take a cookie" plate on the bakery counter had the yummiest looking cookies, so I took one and when I sniffed it, it was PB! WHY didn't they have a sign up?!?

Ok, so there's my intro.

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Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 4:03am
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Gee I dont think it is to crazy,your hubby sounds like mine,tee hee.My hubby use to be in the air force know how you feel alone when they work away,hang in there moms instincts are rarely wrong!

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2003 - 11:53pm
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Welcome, Shebang. I think you are very wise to be as cautious as you are. Who knows, your vigilance - now - may allow your son's immune system to build up to the point where he won't be pa later, even if he may have been if he were exposed now. (Hope that made sense!) You're doing a great job! Good luck. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 07/31/2003 - 4:39am
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Welcome Shebang
I also have been very careful with my son, though he has no known food allergies. I developed pa as an adult, and my two older children (born before I had any reactions) eat peanuts and pb with no problem. My youngest (now 5) was not allowed to eat peanuts, pb, or may contains until he was three. Just to be safe. One of his brothers once gave him pb and he [b]hates[/b] it. No reaction, just gagged like he was going to be sick (which is what he does whenever he doesn't like the taste of something). We do now let him eat may contains, but I still keep a close eye whenever he eats them.
Better safe than sorry.

Posted on: Fri, 08/01/2003 - 11:57am
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It's the worst when someone in the family doesn't get it. Get a photo of someone all swollen from an allergic reaction. Ask if he wants to risk it with the kid. The answer will probably be "no".

Posted on: Fri, 08/01/2003 - 11:58pm
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Quote:Originally posted by momthree:
[b]My hubby use to be in the air force know how you feel alone when they work away[/b]
Yeah... this "married single parent" business is a lot tougher than I thought it'd be.

Posted on: Sat, 08/02/2003 - 12:01am
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Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
[b]Who knows, your vigilance - now - may allow your son's immune system to build up to the point where he won't be pa later, even if he may have been if he were exposed now. (Hope that made sense!)[/b]
Yup, it does make sense -- I've read it elsewhere as well, although there's really no way to know for sure. Better safe than sorry. There are so many things we can't protect them from, it just seems like it would be wrong of me to ignore this issue, all things considered.

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