Can a PA child eat the following?

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 5:46am
Tina H.'s picture
Joined: 10/13/1999 - 09:00

pOk, for 8 years I have kept my PA daughter away from a reaction. (Knock on wood) I am very careful to say the least. But, I am now wondering if she could eat some of the following which I have never allowed her to try in the past. She tested negative to tree nuts and beans, but I have never given her any anyway. Here are the food I am wondering about:br /
Green beansbr /
Chick peasbr /
Baked beansbr /
Minestrone soup (with everything that is in it)br /
Sunflower seedsbr /
Pesto sauce with pine nutsbr /
Peasbr /
(She has never, ever had any of these since we found out about her PA at 13 months. She's nine now. Do any of you have your PA kids eat any of these safely?)br /
Thanks, Tina/p

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 5:49am
mom2two's picture
Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

the one thing that concerns me the most is the pine nuts. was she specifically tested for those? if not, I would certainly not risk it. as for the others, my daughter could eat beans, etc. IF SHE WEREN"T SO GOSH DARN PICKY. she only eats chicken nuggets and french fries now, with an occassional apple thrown in for good measure. Ah the wonders of 5!!

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 6:20am
Sia's picture
Joined: 01/23/2001 - 09:00

My 8.5 year-old daughter is PA. She eats green beans without any problems. I've given her baked beans / pork and beans before without any problems. (She doesn't care for baked beans/pork and beans, but has shown no allergic reactions to them.) I haven't given her most of the rest of the items you have listed. I would caution you to avoid the pine nuts. I work with a woman who is PA and had an anaphylactic reaction to the pesto sauce she ate. We also avoid sesame seeds and oils because our daughter is allergic to those as well. We don't know about poppyseeds yet, but have been told to avoid them as well.

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 6:43am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Tina H.
My son, 26 months, found out he was PA at around 17 months. Of the foods that you listed, we have always given him:
green beans
baked beans
minestrone soup
He loves them and has never had any problem. I don't believe he's ever had chick peas--not 100% sure about those. Sunflower seeds--definitely not because I think he would choke. Pesto sauce with pine nuts--really no need for pine nuts and I believe that their might be something in Pesto that contains some form of peanuts/nuts but not 100% sure either.
Hope this helps!!!

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 7:08am
Frances's picture
Joined: 11/28/2000 - 09:00

My 11 year old PA son loves green beans. He'll eat them straight out of the can if I let him--his only requirement is lemon pepper. He also loves baked beans. He does not care for peas and so I don't push it. He does eat split pea soup! He hasn't had the other foods you mentioned except for the pesto. We however buy a dried pesto mix which doesn't have any nuts in it or peanut oil. His original anaphylactic reaction was to a pesto that had walnuts and pinenuts so I always associate the two together. We just pretty much avoid all nuts--and pine nuts have been thrown with the rest.

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 9:42am
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

Finding *SAFE* sunflower seeds may be tricky. Many brands process them using peanut oil &/or in same plant with peanuts. One way we are introducing some of our "risky" foods (mostly other legumes) to our 2 year-old is to first rub the food on his wrist area & watch for reaction there. This is how we discovered his pole bean (Italian? flat green bean) allergy. His arm had rapid hive reaction & so we didn't feed to him & gave him a dose of Benadryl. Also, we use the "1 new food per week" rule so we can have the possibly offending item isolated. (Sorry to be grossly graphic, but you never know what reactions can be: Sometimes his reaction is seen only in the diaper outcome -- odd green b.m. which is very similar to his original peanut reaction b.m. at age 11 months. The only other times we've seen this same b.m. was after he ate green peas as an infant.)
Hope this helps in some way.
PS -- has your child ever been tested for other legume allergies?
[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited February 06, 2001).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 12:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

TinaH., I stay away from sunflower seeds simply because of the cross-contamination issue. The pine nuts I would feel uncomfortable with too, or any other pesto.
Jesse actually had pesto made with walnuts and almonds before I knew peanuts weren't a tree nut and that's why I thought the peanut chocolate bar was okay (way back when). However, we also avoid all tree nuts so I haven't had pesto since he was diagnosed. I do know that someone posted a great tree nut free pesto on this board somewhere.
Now, Jesse has eaten kidney beans in minestrone soup. But then, he suddenly didn't like them and because of the fact that they're in the same family as peanuts, I decided not to pursue it with him. He didn't ever have a reaction though.
He will also eat peas and green beans, although as someone else posted above, he is also an extremely picky eater.
I don't know how you would feel comfortable introducing these foods to your daughter. Is it possible to do one at a time? It is such a long list of foods that she may potentially be able to eat safely.
I'm hoping someone can give you a better answer than I can about this, but I do know that Jesse does eat peas and green beans.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 1:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

It seems that a lot of folks that are allergic to peanuts are also allergic to sesame that true or just something I inadvertently focused on? Have you or your pa children eaten sesame w/o a problem? I realize that it is not a legume so there is no particular reason to assume cross reactivity...

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 11:23pm
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

When my son was tested by his allergist for peanuts they also tested him for sesame seed as well as 7 other tree nuts. He tested negative to everything except for peanut. I have to say, though, that I don't make it a habit of feeding him sesame seeds--just in case. [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 11:36pm
Tina H.'s picture
Joined: 10/13/1999 - 09:00

My daughter eats sesame seeds with no problem. I have an idea. Perhaps we can start a thread listing favorite safe store-bought snacks. My daughter seems to have such a small selection of food that she eats because I have always been afraid to try new things. Maybe we can all increase their safe-food lists if we share ideas. For instance, she's never had pop tarts. Are they safe? Or teddy grahams? What cereals do your kids eat? Mine only eats Cheerios or Frosted Flakes. The only cookies I let her eat are Orios. Any others safe? What about crackers? My daughter eats Ritz crackers without reaction. I used to feed her frozen waffles, but now I'm afraid because they have added nuts to some. So, if you each could list 3 or 4 safe foods, that would be very helpful. What do you think?

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 12:46am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Of the first list, I let Josh eat everything but pesto. And I should add that I make all our soups since a mystery reaction to Campbell's (Spaghettios). As for cereals and cookies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Oatmeal Squares, Fruit Loops, Cheerios and Frosted Flakes. He eats Oreos and those new cookies that are like Vienna fingers-I think they are by Nabisco- forgot the name of them and we just threw away the box-can't even dig through garbage as today is pick up day-sometimes Chips Ahoy, but only the hard ones. He also eats Saltines, Club crackers, and Cheezits and Rold Gold pretzels. I'm so happy- he has just started questioning his food (he just turned 3)and asks if his food has peanuts in it everytime he eats! Keeps us on our toes!


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