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Posted on: Fri, 05/29/2009 - 1:48am
MarisaB's picture
Joined: 05/29/2009 - 08:42

Hi everyone... I just found out yesterday that 15mo DD has a mild peanut allergy. the only reaction she ever had was from eating a PB&J sandwhich, nothing else. Doc said they will retest her when she turns 2. But for now to avoid all peanuts, tree nuts, and things processed in a plant, etc.
I dont understand why she can't have something made in a factory if she never had a problem before with that stuff. Why do I need to keep her away from tree nuts if she is only allergic to peanuts? why keep her away from every little thing if she only ever had a reaction to PB?

Posted on: Fri, 05/29/2009 - 4:19am
jenniferbfab's picture
Joined: 05/04/2008 - 12:43

Welcome, MarisaB. Sorry to hear about your daughter's PA.
One of the things that is tricky about peanut allergy (and food allergies, in general) is that the severity of one reaction is not a good predictor of the severity of future reactions. In other words, while your daughter may have had mild hives previously, the next reaction could be much more severe, possibly life threatening.
It is safest to avoid food made in a facility where peanuts are present because there could be trace amounts of peanut in foods which do not contain peanuts as ingredients. Your daughter may or may not react to trace amounts of peanut.
In addition, tree nuts are often processed or handled in environments where peanuts are present, so avoiding foods containing tree nuts and even those made in facilities where tree nuts are present, is an extra precaution many allergists recommend in order to avoid a reaction due to cross-contamination. Though it seems unlikely and the risk is probably lower, PA reactions due to cross-contamination with tree nuts do occur periodically.
This will impact your choices of brands and products at the supermarket, but you'll soon have a good "safe" food list to use. Check the manufacturer's section here for helpful tips on brands to use and to avoid.
Hope this info helps! :)

Posted on: Fri, 05/29/2009 - 4:25am
MarisaB's picture
Joined: 05/29/2009 - 08:42

Thanks for the info JenniferB!

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