What to avoid with second child?

Posted on: Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:36pm
zoya000's picture
Joined: 09/20/2007 - 09:00

My son is allergic to peanuts, eggs, soy, wheat and bananas. My daughter is 6 months old and we are starting her on baby food. We use the Beech Nut cereals because they are the only ones that are soy free. Those of you that have an older sibling with a FA do you avoid those foods in your younger child? I am not planning on giving my daughter and baby food that contain eggs, my son is highly allergic to eggs and peanuts. I know that they say that peas and beans are "related" to the peanut, should I avoid peas and beans also?
Thanks for any help you can offer with this!

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:32am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

Hi zoya000, if it were me in that situation I would avoid all from the legume family. Since your dd is already showing eczema I would keep a very plain diet without any of the top allergens.
My dd was first tested for allergies around one year. Have you spoke with your dr. about getting an allergy test done? My dd is not allergic to any other legume but I tried when she was about your dd's age and she couldn't tolerate peas. She didn't react on the spt so my allergist suggested I wait for a while, then try again. After a year she was fine with all legumes. She eats all other legumes with no problems.
When I had my son I only avoided pn,tn and egg. He was allergic to milk. Thankfully he outgrew that. I still had a lot to learn about allergies, still do.
Hopefully your dd has no allergies and just eczema alone. When one child is already allergic I'm always suspicious of eczema in a second, jmo though.

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 1:01am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

Hi and welcome,
For me testing before giving any of the highly allergenic foods was helpfull. We have a very strong history of food allergies in this generation of kids in our family. Although my daughter tested neg at a young age - 8months for Rast. I still waited until she was 12 months to intro wheat and 15 months to intro dairy or soy. I am waiting until 2 or older for egg and I am not sure what I am going to do with Nuts. She does have non - Ige issues with Rice and Oat. I did try her on green beans and she had a terrible diaper rash so now I am holding off on all beans and peas until she is a bit older.

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 9:10am
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

I would speak with your pediatrician and/or allergist. Your second may, of course, have food allergies but they may not be the same as your oldest (does anyone have info on siblings have same allergies??) My oldest is PA/TN and latex allergic (along with many environmental); 2nd child has the mildest version of "hay fever" and no other allergies -- and he is 7. Obviously, you will be very cautious -- I think your doctors can help you decide.

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