\"only plus 1 on skin test-still feed him pb\"

Posted on: Thu, 01/29/2004 - 11:42pm
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Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

That is what my 23 month old nephew, Parker's, allergist told my sister.

My son, A.J., is allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts.

The allergist she took Parker to said that the reaction was minimal and that she could continue to feed him small amounts of peanut if she kept a food diary. He has had pb in the past and has not reacted with hives although he does frequently have diarrhea and eczema.

This is very different from any experience I have had as A.J. had a reaction at nine months and his skin test produced a very strong reaction.

I have never heard of such a thing as continuing to feed him peanuts after a positive skin test.

Is this normal? Can anyone provide any links that can help explain this thinking?


[This message has been edited by AJSMAMA (edited January 30, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 01/30/2004 - 3:20am
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Jaime, this *advice* bothers me in so many ways.
A child that young should not be getting pb anyways. With a relative who has pa it should be delayed even longer.
Does this doctor actually specialize in food allergies? Unfortunately many allergists don't really truly understand the difference between a food allergy and other types of allergies.
Sorry I can't actually answer your questions, but, I definitely agree with you being concerned about this.

Posted on: Fri, 01/30/2004 - 4:33am
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Joined: 01/17/2004 - 09:00

Jamie, this allergists *advice* also bothers me too.
I know my DD allergist has told me that if there is a history of allergies, especially PA/TNA then you should wait till three years of age to introduce peanut butter.
INO I also would think that the allergist should have been *alarmed* by the fact that Parker has had eczema and diarrhea, two possible signs of food allergy.
I think you are right being concerned about your nephew.
I hope this all works out O.K.
Alicia, mom to:
Edward-20 years-non PA
Cody-8 years-non PA
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,Asthma

Posted on: Fri, 01/30/2004 - 7:20am
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Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for the thoughts thus far. My sister has since made contact with the closest pediatric allergist specializing in food allergies near her she could find(2 1/2 hours from where she lives).
Basically, the nurse at this new place was also confused by the original allergist's statements.
Unfortunately, her insurance will not pay for second opinions so she will have to come up with $500 to get all the testing repeated.
She is a very intelligent person and did not intentionally feed Parker peanut butter. He grabbed a sandwich his father was eating and took a bite. After he did not react, she figured he must not be allergic like A.J. and began letting him have plain m&ms, bakery goods, etc...To my knowledge he has never again had a peanut butter anything - only things that would be considered cross-contaminated.
Thanks again,

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