What about Seeds?

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My daughter is allergic to peanuts, wheat, dairy, eggs and treenuts. I have been avoiding seeds and beans. Has anyone else had problems with these things? I want to try a Veganaisse spread with Grapeseed oil. I have also heard Flax Seed oil is good for eczema. Any thoughts?

On Jan 12, 2006

Hi, I have to say that I have never had a problem with the actual oil that comes from seeds, but just the seeds themselves, so I think perhaps there is something in the seed that doesn't make it into the oil that causes me to react.

I have quite a severe allergy to pumpkin, and it seems to be the seeds that are the problem there - this also seems to be the only seeds to my knowledge that I react to even from touching them. This is a relatively new allergy to me, which I only discovered Halloween 2005 when I was carving out a pumpkin for my housemates!

Other seeds that I am definitely allergic to are sunflower seeds - again, I am perfectly able to have sunflower oil. Poppy seeds and sesame seeds also cause reactions, but it seems that these reactions are not as serious as sunflower seeds, and pumpkins are much worse again.

This might not help you much as these have all been discovered by way of reaction, and I haven't been tested for any seeds at all.

Hope you're able to make your dishes and that you stay reaction free in the world of seeds!

Take care Rach

On Jan 12, 2006

Well, I'll tell you our experience...don't know if this will help or not.

My ds is peanut, milk, egg allergic, he's 3. We're avoiding shellfish and treenuts. His soymilk contains flaxseed oil, no problems with it. We use the Vegenaise with the grapeseed oil, no problems there either. I give him bread that has sunflower oil, okie dokie there too. I've seen where people have been recommended to avoid seeds....

But with his limited diet (And yours I see, wheat too, YIKES!), I figured I'd try the oils. They gotta eat something right? That's just our personal experience. Good luck.

------------------ ***[b] ALLERGY ELIMINATOR*** [/b]

Meg, mom to: Matt 3 yrs. PA,MA,EA Sean 3 yrs. NKA

On Jan 12, 2006

Hi Andrea, again, just my own experience.

I am allergic to peanuts and sesame seeds. I avoid all nuts due to risk of cross contamination. However, I do not avoid any seeds other then sesame seeds. I actually do use flax seeds. I put them on buns like other people use sesame seeds.

Anyway, just more *food for thought* for you to ponder in making your decision.

On Jan 12, 2006

My son was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and chick peas but ate all seeds with no problem. He then became very allergic to sesame as well. So far no other seeds.

Amy

On Jan 12, 2006

My son (PA, Anaphylactic dairy, eggs, MFA, MEA, asthma, eczema) tried sunflower seeds and immediately threw up. Also tried pumpkin seeds, again, immediately threw up.

However, he has eczema and I have been supplementing him for years with Flax Seed Oil. I find that and especially Evening Primrose Oil to be extremely helpful with eczema as most eczematic kids and I've read kids with allergies in general are deficient in Essential Fatty Acids (mostly found in fish oil but EPO and Flax have versions of it that convert to DHA)

RACH - I can't believe someone else is allergic to pumpkin seeds. I thought I was the only one. This is my only known allergy. Each Halloween I fry pumpkin seeds and scarf them. About 5 years ago at Halloween I started feeling quesy and a little dizzy. Got progressively worse but I shrugged it off as I have no known allergies except maybe mild hayfever. Well, last year I ate a couple of pumpkin seeds and passed out. Well, that was the end of that for me. Scary.

On Jan 12, 2006

I know, I'm glad you posted - I feel the same way! I'd never really considered that I could be allergic to it, and never took any precaution - glad I know now though, it wasn't the most fun Halloween - thankfully I have an excellent excuse to never carve another pumpkin!

Take care Rach

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On Jan 12, 2006

I used to give my son flaxseed oil all the time with no problems. since we moved I cant find a brand that doesnt have risk of cross contamination though. He eats flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Although not knowingly.

------------------ Lalow James 4 yrs, NKA Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

On Jan 12, 2006

Lalow, how do you hide the seeds? My son is very picky about textures, and I have a hard time getting him to eat things he should. I've tried sprinkling on yogurt and things like that - but it's a no-go. He'll only eat seeds on top of buns, or occasionally just scarf down a handful.

On Jan 13, 2006

My dd occasionally eat pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and sunbutter. becca

On Jan 13, 2006

Mostly in breads. My kids have never eaten bread that doesnt have something in it so I dont know that they know about bread that looks smooth. I put flax seeds in smoothies sometimes and he doesnt seem to notice. Have sprinkeled them in tomato sauce before putting it on pizza. I guess the only pumpkin seeds he has eaten, he actually ate them on their own. If he sees the things just sitting their he will complain and refuse to eat it. (toooo spicy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]) I have also mixed them in no-nut butter (peabutter) and put it on a sandwiche. He didnt notice althuogh I tried it and it was a little wierd. Can hind some in oatmeal pancakes too.

------------------ Lalow James 4 yrs, NKA Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

On Jan 16, 2006

My DD is allergic to milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and poppy seeds. We avoid sesame seeds (based on the posts here at PA), but we didn't avoid poppy. I used to let her dip her veggies into a salad dressing that contained poppy seeds. The last time I gave her the salad dressing, she broke out in hives.

On Mar 30, 2007

Does anyone in Canada know of a safe brand of flax seed for my PA/TNA/legume allergic DD? I would like the whole family to start adding flax seeds to our diet because of the health benefits. AnnaMarie,you are in Ontario, may I ask what brand of flax seeds your family uses? Thanks so much.

On Mar 30, 2007

My son had a lot of allergies including a level 1 or 2 for sesame, so we were very cautious about introducing all seeds and did so as food challenges in the dr's office. Turns out he has no problem with seeds - even the sesame for which he showed a positive RAST.

My son does have the full bean/pea allergy, but only 1 in 20 do according to Dr. Sicherer.

I wonder why seeds seem "higher risk" to us moms? I was alway very nervous before those tests.

On Mar 31, 2007

re-raising

On Mar 31, 2007

Some PA children are allergic to seeds too. Mine is. But not all seeds are the same. This gets confusing. Our main concerns are sesame/poppy/sunflower.

On Apr 1, 2007

My son is allergic to sesame but eats flax seed oil and has been exposed to sunflower and maybe some other seeds. I did worry about other seeds and avoided them until recently. He isn't interested in eating any. Sesame isn't covered by the labeling law and DS has had significant reactions to sesame X-contam in products. Other seed products can have sesame X-contam. I always call every company before feeding DS anything because many companies do not consider sesame (or anything out of the top 8) an allergen and do not clean for them or treat them as allergens. (And because DS has had significant X-contam reactions to sesame.)

On Apr 1, 2007

Just BTW, sesame oil is usually cold-pressed so if you are avoiding seeds I would for sure avoid all sesame oil.

If you are looking for flaxseed oil--we use Barleens. All other brands I checked had X-contam issues with my son's allergens (dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut or sesame--don't remember which ones for which flax oils but I believe most were X-contam risk with sesame oil.) I *believe* Barleens is made on equip free of all my son's allergens. You might want to call and double check. My son did have X-contam reactions with a couple other flax oil brands.

Other types of cooking oil *can* have nut, peanut and sesame x-contam issues. Spectrum (before they were bought by Hain-Celestial and when you could still speak to them and get actual information) told me that all their oil was made on shared equip with nuts, peanuts and sesame. I once got their canola oil that smelled and tasted super-strongly of peanut. I had made frosting with it but it just smelled and tasted so peanuty (and I used canola oil frequently enough to know this wasn't the normal smell) that I didn't dare let DS try it. We trashed the whole batch and tossed the contents of the bottle.

Also, the reason, I think, that sesame is a concern is that it *was* said to be the 9th most common food allergen but is now even more common in the USA. According to notes someone posted at kidswithfoodallergies.org Dr. Woods says that sesame is now considered one of the most common food allergens by FAAN and he, Dr. Woods, would put it at #4! He gave the current order as milk, egg, peanut sesame, *then* tree nut!!!

Also, sesame has the potency of peanuts as do other seeds but they are not well-known and are not covered by the labeling law in the USA so they can be in products as actual ingredients without being on the label. Sesame can be labeled as 'spice', 'natural flavor' and many other names. Anaphylaxis Canada has sesame info brochures and how to read a label for sesame cards but they don't list 'spice' or 'natural flavor' because I'm guessing Canada has different labeling rules about this. Sesame is also in many products via X-contam. I have called many companies that have told me, "we don't consider sesame an allergen and don't clean for it." My son had serious reactions to many products from this type of X-contam. Sesame is a much more difficult allergy for us that peanut and I would treat it like peanut and delay intro-ing it until at least age 3-6. I would want to have it tested before introing it.

On Apr 1, 2007

I just posted a long reply to this as DS has a sesame allergy as well but I don't see my reply here for some reason. POsting this to see if it works. If it does I will post the same stuff again.

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