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Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 6:38am
NCMom's picture
Joined: 04/30/2003 - 09:00

I just had our 3.5 year old tested for peanut - skin testing. His almost 6 yo brother is PA (RAST 82). I originally didn't want to do the skin testing but our allergist changed my mind. I felt comfortable doing it and the great news was that he tested negative to peanut, almond, cat, dog and dust mites. The only spot to react was the histamine spot. We discussed his only chance of exposure would have be in the womb before I found out about our 2nd son's PA when I was 5 months pregnant with our 3rd. But the allergist said it would show up in his skin if he was allergic.
He also said "don't rush out and give him a peanut butter sandwich though" (we have a peanut-free house) but you don't have to worry about the cupcake he might have in preschool next year. He also said that although some people do "grow into" allergies usually that is not the case. So I don't plan to give our littlest anything peanut but I have let him have things that I would never give to my PA son - when he's out with Daddy, not here in our home.
I wish you the best with your little one - hoping for negative testing!

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 8:33am
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Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

My non pa son(turning 6 next month) had a rast test at 3yrs old and it was negative. I do not let him eat any peanut or tree nut products. I do however let him and my dd who is 3 eat cakes at parties and thinsg like that. I do not have may conatins or peanut tree nut products in my house.
Our school is does not serve things with nuts in them or peanuts. He is allowed to partipate in parties at school.
He also had reflux and has bad allergic shiners, although last year he tested neagtive to enviromental allergens(well the major ones they test for) this year he has gotten worse and is now starting zrytec. I need to take him back to get retested.
My dd is a different matter. I too had a nightmare about her, inthe dream I was in my grandmothers kitchen and we were having a wedding for my pa son, who in the dream was still 8 and no bride was in sight.
Anyway I baked him his wedding cake and put it in front of him. He looked at me and said you know I am going to eat this and picked up a peanut M&M and started biting it, next thing i know it's my 3 yr old who is limp in my arms. i called 911 and stood outside on a busy street waiting for an ambulance that just never came, firetrucks, police cars ect kept passing me by,no one stopped, it was such a horribel dream , oh and my father tol dme that i didnt speak to the 911 operator correctly, i mean what is that about??

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 8:48am
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Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

We're dealing with this now. A few years ago we had our two younger kids cap-rast tested. After they drew blood, the dr sat down with us and said that they can't actually be allergic to something they've never been exposed to, so even if the test came back negative (which they did) we should still avoid since they have a higher than usual risk of having or developing a food allergy. Gee thanks Doc, after taking blood from my 3 yo and 5 yo you tell me this. It was a big waste of time, pain and money. Now we're thinking of taking them to another allergist and having skin tests done, because I'm tired of not being comfortable with putting them in activities like scouts and such not knowing for sure if they're allergic or not.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 9:36am
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Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

Does anyone have a doctor prescribe just in case, because of the family hsitory, for the preschool age? As Sherlyn said, she is fortunate her twins are together in the event of an emergency. It is reassuring to have it there. Seems all schools should have it as a first aid item, regardless. The unkown allergy is more dangerous than the known for anyone. becca
Before we knew that my now 3 year old was mfa, the allergist gave me an epi for her since her sister is PA. Makes one feel so much better...just in case. Of course now we know we MAY need to use it. She has at 1 time or another been allergic to soy,corn,rice,eggs,barley,oats,rye,amarnath,quinoa,blueberry,some melon... and we stay away from shellfish and fish and of course no peanuts or nuts. Oh ya, we recently added dairy which lead to 2 trips to the ER in 12 hours. I woould also say that due to the history of the PA sibling, one never knows if an unknown allergy could "pop up" such as our recent milk allergy. Out of the blue, with all neg RAST tests before and still testing neg. I have read many times, that when you have an allergic tendency allergies can pop up anytime. Better safe than sorry. I think you know all this but thought I would post anyway. MY mfa has gotten back so many foods so it was a shocker with the milk... we didn't have to use the epi but I felt much better knowing I had it for her. I can't and can imagine that your allergist wouldn't agree to an epi for your child. Some allergists are so open and others like to rule the roost. As I am sure you know. My mfa tests neg to many of the foods she is allergic to but then can't eat them. Voila, must have had them through breast milk. I am in the same neg RASt results for PA/TN for her but I don't think she will be able to eat them so I am not testing her and just saying she is allergic although her teachers will know that we really do not know. Good luck

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 9:42am
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Joined: 02/21/2006 - 09:00

My DD is almost 5 and has MFA. I was told to have my DS tested when he was 6 months. He was tested for all the major ones and came back positive for peanuts and soy, both mild. I am still paranoid, if he goes somewhere without DD the extra Epi goes with him. I did have a few may contains when pregnant with him, I was told that was okay(should not have listened). Now pregnant with #3 I will avoid all may contains. We will retest him before he goes to preschool.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 11:23am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

So, if your ds tested positive to peanuts, why doesn't he have his own epi RX?
I guess I just will book ds when I book dd for her annual allergist appt. Maybe dh can come and we can just do them both together. Might help for him to be with er for the testing, and waiting. Hmmm, then again.... they could get pretty silly or something if bored together, LOL. becca

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 8:35pm
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Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

I know I've read that reacting severely to skin testing is a possibility, but we've been ok with it so far...my allergist wiped off the peanut protein "stick", and my ds still developed a wheal from it (not surprising I know)
But, this is scary.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 8:56pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I treated my youngest, now 6, as if he was PA until right before he started Kindergarten. That May I took him for a blood test for peanuts along with repeat blood tests for Ryan. My youngest's result to peanuts was negative. We then went in for a skin test. It was negative so at that point we did an oral challenge (in the office) with the most allergenic peanut product (which caused two severe reactions with Ryan) Ryan had consumed. My little guy had no problems with no reactions. He was definitely exposed through peanuts via breastmilk before we knew Ryan was PA, so at this point his negative result is correct.
I couldn't send him to school without knowing. It wouldn't make sense to me, nor the school, if I did. On one hand I have Ryan, severely allergic with an extensive 504 and lots of epipens at school. For me to say I don't think his brother is allergic and not have him tested but avoid peanuts would not make sense. I need to know--have to know so proper precautions can be taken with medicine available.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 1:18pm
Dana's picture
Joined: 12/26/1999 - 09:00

Our 8year old son is PA TN allergic and now has the adult Epi-pen. We have an almost 2 year old who at 1

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2007 - 12:38am
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Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I just brought my 4YO DD in to my PA DD's allergist. My 4YO has had 2 suspicious hive incidents in her life, both after eating and not doing much else, but we haven't been able to figure out what caused them. They did do a basic food allergy RAST at her check-up last summer and everything came back negative, including peanut. We've fed her tiny amounts of peanut butter a few times with no reaction.
But I just haven't been feeling comfortable, so I went to the allergist for advice. He thinks it's unlikely she has any food allergies. He said we could do extensive testing, looking for a needle in a haystack, and we probably wouldn't find one. But if it made me feel better, we could test for tree nuts. I wanted to do that. So we did a blood test and we'll find out the results in the next week.
DD has really only been exposed to almonds on purpose (long ago) because we now have a nut-free house, so I really don't think we know her status with tree nuts, and one of her reactions was after a bakery cookie.
Do you think it's funny that an allergist would not be concerned about the sibling of a PA kid, who has had 2 mystery hive incidents herself and is allergic to penicillin (thus, has an allergic tendency, too)? Maybe not everyone thinks you should test just in case? He says (which is true) that you don't really know if someone has a food allergy unless they've had a food challenge of some sort.
I really got the impression that he thinks I'm worrying too much, but that a test for just tree nuts would be reasonable to calm my fears before DD starts school. It's funny, but he was one of the people to put the fear into me when we first went to him for my PA DD! But he would have suggested that I just feed the younger one nuts without testing her first; he just went along with me on the testing.
Also, any opinions on a persistent rash around her mouth? It comes and goes for weeks or months at a time. He and a pediatrician previously believed it was just irritation or dryness.



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