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Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 9:42am
S and Js mom's picture
Joined: 02/21/2006 - 09:00

My DD is almost 5 and has MFA. I was told to have my DS tested when he was 6 months. He was tested for all the major ones and came back positive for peanuts and soy, both mild. I am still paranoid, if he goes somewhere without DD the extra Epi goes with him. I did have a few may contains when pregnant with him, I was told that was okay(should not have listened). Now pregnant with #3 I will avoid all may contains. We will retest him before he goes to preschool.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 11:23am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

So, if your ds tested positive to peanuts, why doesn't he have his own epi RX?
I guess I just will book ds when I book dd for her annual allergist appt. Maybe dh can come and we can just do them both together. Might help for him to be with er for the testing, and waiting. Hmmm, then again.... they could get pretty silly or something if bored together, LOL. becca

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 8:35pm
mommyofmatt's picture
Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

I know I've read that reacting severely to skin testing is a possibility, but we've been ok with it so far...my allergist wiped off the peanut protein "stick", and my ds still developed a wheal from it (not surprising I know)
But, this is scary.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 8:56pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I treated my youngest, now 6, as if he was PA until right before he started Kindergarten. That May I took him for a blood test for peanuts along with repeat blood tests for Ryan. My youngest's result to peanuts was negative. We then went in for a skin test. It was negative so at that point we did an oral challenge (in the office) with the most allergenic peanut product (which caused two severe reactions with Ryan) Ryan had consumed. My little guy had no problems with no reactions. He was definitely exposed through peanuts via breastmilk before we knew Ryan was PA, so at this point his negative result is correct.
I couldn't send him to school without knowing. It wouldn't make sense to me, nor the school, if I did. On one hand I have Ryan, severely allergic with an extensive 504 and lots of epipens at school. For me to say I don't think his brother is allergic and not have him tested but avoid peanuts would not make sense. I need to know--have to know so proper precautions can be taken with medicine available.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 1:18pm
Dana's picture
Joined: 12/26/1999 - 09:00

Our 8year old son is PA TN allergic and now has the adult Epi-pen. We have an almost 2 year old who at 1

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2007 - 12:38am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I just brought my 4YO DD in to my PA DD's allergist. My 4YO has had 2 suspicious hive incidents in her life, both after eating and not doing much else, but we haven't been able to figure out what caused them. They did do a basic food allergy RAST at her check-up last summer and everything came back negative, including peanut. We've fed her tiny amounts of peanut butter a few times with no reaction.
But I just haven't been feeling comfortable, so I went to the allergist for advice. He thinks it's unlikely she has any food allergies. He said we could do extensive testing, looking for a needle in a haystack, and we probably wouldn't find one. But if it made me feel better, we could test for tree nuts. I wanted to do that. So we did a blood test and we'll find out the results in the next week.
DD has really only been exposed to almonds on purpose (long ago) because we now have a nut-free house, so I really don't think we know her status with tree nuts, and one of her reactions was after a bakery cookie.
Do you think it's funny that an allergist would not be concerned about the sibling of a PA kid, who has had 2 mystery hive incidents herself and is allergic to penicillin (thus, has an allergic tendency, too)? Maybe not everyone thinks you should test just in case? He says (which is true) that you don't really know if someone has a food allergy unless they've had a food challenge of some sort.
I really got the impression that he thinks I'm worrying too much, but that a test for just tree nuts would be reasonable to calm my fears before DD starts school. It's funny, but he was one of the people to put the fear into me when we first went to him for my PA DD! But he would have suggested that I just feed the younger one nuts without testing her first; he just went along with me on the testing.
Also, any opinions on a persistent rash around her mouth? It comes and goes for weeks or months at a time. He and a pediatrician previously believed it was just irritation or dryness.

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2007 - 12:58am
BriandBrinasmom's picture
Joined: 10/20/2006 - 09:00

I do not remember the details on this because my daughter is almost eight now, but I do know our pediatric allergist skin tested her between the ages of 1 and 2 for milk allergy. It runs in our family (my son is 3rd generation), so it was good to rule out.
I believe she was also tested for peanut around 3 or 4. We had no reason to think she was allergic and she's not.
We've gotten a lot more relaxed about her in general because she does not appear to have any food allergies, but I did have a moment of anxiety at a party the other night when she ate a shrimp. This is a kid who generally doesn't eat anything unless it's white in color, so I was totally surprised she tried one! No problem.
Regarding Epi-Pens...interestingly enough, they are formulated on the basis of body *surface area*, not weight. The weight guidelines just approximate this surface area. My son is very tiny weight-wise, so we had whole conversations on this topic with the pediatric allergist and he said there isn't a huge difference between an Epi and an Epi Jr. He prescribed an adult Epi for my son, even though he wasn't over the weight recommendation because he was tall enough for it.
And no, a doctor is not going to give you an Epi-Pen unless there's evidence of a clinical allergy. Epi-Pens can cause heart arrythymias (and death in rare cases), so there is some potential liability in prescribing them without a reason.
Sadly, I read a case history once where the person was having a panic attack, treated themselves with multiple Epi-Pens (which obviously didn't help the panic at all), and ended up dying from the epinephrine.

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2007 - 3:17am
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Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

My younger DS has RAST tested negative twice for pb. The doctor says go ahead and feed him pb but I haven't had the courage yet. He is in a peanut/tree nut free preschool so I haven't really worried about it. Since he was going to enter a non peanut free school this fall, I was planning on feeding him pb this spring, at my mother's house because she's right up the street from the hospital, on a weekday while older DS is at school. I wound up putting DS in another year of preschool so I'm debating if I should bother this year or push it off another year. Since I have my younger DS with me a lot when my older DS is in school, I allow younger DS to eat "may contains" when his brother isn't around. Funny about your dream, Becca, I had a dream last night that I finally got up the courage to feed my younger DS pb and I realized I had lost my purse with the EpiPen in it.

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2007 - 5:05am
amy2's picture
Joined: 09/02/2000 - 09:00

my son is the oldest, and when my daughter turned 4 I had her tested be4 putting her in preschool. unfortunately, she tested positive to both blood and skin. I really thought for sure she would not have it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] She too has never had any exposure, but with both tests coming up positive, that's all I need to see. She also tested high like my son. I don't put my test numbers because everyone's are always so different. They both tested in severe category.

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2007 - 5:43am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I am in the same boat, I have 2 younger siblings but we went ahead and skin/blood tested them for peanuts, so far both are negative. I think if it continues, I will have a food challenge before they enter Kindergarten. They have both been exposed)(through breatsfeeding, I still ate pb), so I don't think it's a false negative...I'm just not ready and would never test them myself at home anyways(nor would they even be eating it, but would like to know for school). The same pair have positive skin/blood to eggs but I've never seen a reaction in either of them....we'll address that in a few years as well. Age 5 is a good goal.
But, like others suggested, if you are worried, do some further testing with the allergist and a possible food challenge right before entering school.
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)



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