If you avoid shea butter/oil do you also avoid coconut?

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 11:04am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

We don't avoid either. My oldest is PN/also definite almond/hazelnut/chickpea/lentil. Youngest has a very low positive blood test for PN. I'm not saying whether you should or shouldn't avoid them, just that my family doesn't. *We* probably would if I thought it was typical to process them on shared equipment with PN and treenuts he was allergic to. So far, it's not my impression they are....but I could be wrong. I'd love to find "safe" macadamia nuts since there is no indication (history or blood test) that he is.

Again, no advice, just personally.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 12:17pm
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

I'm PA/TNA and other MFA and DS is PA/TNA and allergic to seeds (sesame, etc) and we avoid Shea but not coconut. (I would use shea in lotions but I don't because I don't want to take a chance around my son. Just my choice not to use it).
[This message has been edited by momll70 (edited June 27, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 12:19pm
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

We stay away from shea butter, but I'm planning on giving coconut a try this summer. He's both peanut and fish allergic.
Curious to see what others do too.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 1:54pm
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Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

Ds is TNA, and since reading shea is classified as a tree nut, we avoid. We don't avoid coconut since it is not a tree nut.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:11pm
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Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

we don't avoid Shea(in lotions is all I've noticed), but if someone gave Jake a coconut cluster cookie or whatever, I would probably not allow him to eat it(and he would get very nervous because of the name anyways). I just tell him, if it doesn't sound right, don't eat it. Not sure if he's ever actuallye aten coconut...to be honest I am sure nothing would happen since it's a fruit, it's just the name as to why we avoid.
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Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:25pm
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Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

DD has eaten coconut so we don't avoid it. The Quaker Granola bars from Canada have coconut in them. So all 3 of my kids have had it without any problems. We do avoid shea-her allergist advised us to avoid it.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:40pm
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Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

We avoid shea and DD does eat coconut. She is TNA only.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 3:13pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Shea: avoid in topical products and foods, but not assiduously.
Coconut: Don't really avoid, but exposure is probably very rare since few of these products are okay for DD other than a few shampoos/conditioners.
We do this primarily because DD has a demonstrated 'spreading' sensitization to unrelated tree nuts.
Ed. speling. Make that 'spelling.'
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited June 28, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 9:10pm
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

DS has been eating both since long before coconut was classified as a nut, and before we knew shea was a TN. He's never reacted to either. He is TNA, and has reacted badly to other nuts.
We may rethink the Shea, but not the coconut. To me, it's still a fruit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 9:48pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ryan's highly allergic to peanut (3rd RAST a couple of weeks ago and he's back up to >100) with severe reactions before his PA diagnosis. Tree nuts are low positives (in comparison to peanut) with numbers ranging from 1-2.5 with no known reactions and he ate them frequently before PA diagnosis at age 3.
He eats mangos, kiwi, and coconut without problems on a regular basis. He still consumes the Kissables with shea with no reactions.
We're still cautious with his tree nut numbers and avoid them, but our experience and feeling is that his tree nut numbers are false positives. So although he doesn't eat any tree nuts, we do not go out of our way to avoid shea.
Our allergist has mentioned to us on occasion that the actual medical history is the best indicator of a food allergy. So since Ryan has been eating shea with no problems in his food in the past few months, we will not go out of our way to avoid.
Ryan has never been tested for anything other than peanuts or tree nuts. However, I have wondered if he was tested for milk or eggs, he may come up with false positives on those, maybe even higher than his tree nut numbers. But those numbers would not prove he is truly allergic. Our allergist said he has a few patients who tested highly allergic for a particular allergen and eat foods with that particular allergen safely with no problems or history of a reactions. To me, it kind of goes back to what did we do before all of this scientific (and sometimes innacurate) blood testing. If X food causes a problem, that is the specific food to avoid. (No medical advice here whatsoever, and I'll probably get slammed for my thoughts on this [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] .)
Individual body chemistry is truly unique.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 10:00pm
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Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Great question MB...interesting to see how others view Shea. We do not avoid Shea at this time in all products. My DS is Class VI pn, Class 1 soy, and we are avoiding all tn because his first blood test he was Class I to brazil nuts.
He has been eating Kissables since they came out and he has been fine. However, I don't buy lotion, etc. that has Shea listed. I feel it is easy enough to aviod buying those lotions...but the Kissables are another story.
We do not avoid coconut.
I am planning to ask our allergist at the next appointment to see what he thinks as well.


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