My DS just got his test back and is a level 6 (>100 kU/l)

Posted on: Tue, 06/26/2018 - 3:36am
Shopaholicinvancouver's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/10/2014 - 15:04

My DS just got his test back and is a level 6 (>100 kU/l) for peanuts and 12.4 kU/l for almonds. What are the chances he will outgrow it? He is 13 months right now.

He ingested a pita bread that we believe was contaminated with peanuts at 9 months and skin test for peanut showed 4mmx6mm and almonds 3mmx5mm (when tested when he was 10 months old).

Our allergist told us to feed him other tree nuts so he doesn't become allergic to it but I worry that it will make more allergic to PN and almonds. She said that the blood results surprised her; especially the high levels for peanut. Since we had the skin test done, we fed him some cashews that may contain peanuts which the allergist approved. We think this was the cause in his high peanut levels and question the allergist's judgment.

Should we listen to our allergist or do strict avoidance? I read the peanut allergy answer book and the author recommended strict avoidance. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

Posted on: Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:28am
smithdcrk's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/13/2014 - 16:46

The best place to introduce tree nuts to your son's diet is the doctor's office under controlled conditions. Have a talk with your doctor, an official challenge test is more expense and time consuming, but if you are willing to accept the costs, she should oblige you.
Controlled means measured amounts of the challenge food, administered over a specific time period with "wait" intervals between exposures. The Doc and Nurse are there when the child eats the challenge food and drop in during the waits. You hang out for a while even after all seems ok. You come with your full response kit (EPI pen, antihistamine, etc). At our allergist's the "challenge" kid controls what is shown on the office DVD player and gets the remote. He even gives the kids hints on how to play the "being very brave and courageous" card to get a new video game or toy.[lol]
Controlled means that the cashew is just a cashew. It has not been exposed to TN or PN residue in ANY way. As our doc told us, if my daughter reacts then we know it is the cashew, not anything else on the line. Strict avoidance on anything like the PN that we know is a problem.
My PA daughter had multiple allergies, including TN. At some point blood work showed that although PA indicators were rising over the years, the TN indicators had dropped to "Normal" or "Very Low Risk" levels. We introduced each tree nut as a formal challenge.
The two hardest parts: 1) telling her to eat something that had been on the "AVOID" list for as long as she could remember. 2) Finding TN that were on single source lines and had NO Peanut cross-contact.
Grocery Store Options
Almonds: Wonderful [an option for later if needed]
Pistachio: Wonderful [dedicated line no almonds need apply]
Cashews: Nasoya (Call 1st. At time, cashew line was dedicated)
Hazelnuts: Nutella [Just hazelnuts]
Walnuts, Brazil, Hazel, Pecan & Macadamian nuts I ordered whole. Washed the shells and then cracked them. The shelled versions have too many cross contact issues with other TN or PN.
Chestnuts: Whole versions available at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Most cans/jars are from China or Europe manufacturers that do not have the same strict labelling laws US & Canada. They do not have to list cross-contact exposure.
More options to help you
Peanut Free Planet (http://www.peanutfreeplanet.com/) A regular supermarket for the nut free lifestyle. Customers can search by product or allergy - that saves some time. Not just by ingredient free, but line free or even facility free!

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by Timurasizn Thu, 09/17/2020 - 11:06pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by doggydude Sun, 07/19/2020 - 4:36am
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Tinsley Thu, 07/16/2020 - 8:12am
Comments: 5
Latest Post by Tinsley Thu, 07/16/2020 - 7:21am
Comments: 13
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Wed, 07/15/2020 - 1:45pm
Comments: 79

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

People with peanut allergy are advised to wear a peanut allergy bracelet or a medical ID bracelet that indicates the allergy so that if they...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

There is no definitive treatment for a peanut allergy. Because every case different, reactions will...

Tree nuts and peanuts are distinctly different. An allergy to one does not guarantee an allergy to the other. Peanuts are considered legumes and...

Many doctors treat allergies, including pediatricians and general practice doctors. When allergies are severe, primary care physicians often refer...

Are you tired of serving fresh-cut fruits and veggies as a healthy snack? Sure, there's nothing wrong with these options, but they can get boring...

For those living with peanut allergies, having a source of ready-to-eat 'safe' foods can be a...

Are you craving cake? Perhaps there's an upcoming birthday...

Asthma is a condition that is considered to be chronic and long term. Asthma disrupts the airways located in the lungs. Asthma often causes these...

Peanut oil is an inexpensive, healthful and inoffensive way to cook—unless you have a peanut allergy!

Light peanut oil is popular as a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

People with peanut allergy should know about foods to avoid, as many who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to other nuts like walnuts, cashews...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

Whether you have a child with a peanut allergy or you are sensitive to packing a nut-free lunch out of concern for other people’s children, it is...

Those with severe peanut allergies soon learn to look for the 'peanut-free sign' on any packaged food purchase. This is a notation found on a wide...

For many people with peanut allergies, baked goods present one of the most significant risks. Even if...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...