What about Seeds?

Posted on: Wed, 01/11/2006 - 1:25pm
Andrea L's picture
Joined: 12/29/2005 - 09:00

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?

Posted on: Wed, 01/11/2006 - 6:59pm
Rach's picture
Joined: 05/01/2001 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 12:27am
mommyofmatt's picture
Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 1:17am
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Anonymous (not verified)

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.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 6:28am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 8:35am
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

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)
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.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 8:45am
Rach's picture
Joined: 05/01/2001 - 09:00

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
[This message has been edited by Rach (edited January 12, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 10:33am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

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.
James 4 yrs, NKA
Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:03am
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Anonymous (not verified)

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.

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 6:39am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 6:57am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

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.
James 4 yrs, NKA
Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA


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