First it was eggs, now walnuts...what\'s next?!

Posted on: Sat, 12/09/2000 - 3:24am
Liza's picture
Joined: 12/09/2000 - 09:00

My son is 2 1/2 and we have known that he is allergic to eggs since he was 9 months old. We found this out after giving him scrambled eggs and he broke out in hives. The Benedryl took care of the problem. He had a rast test that confirmed his egg allergy and also revealed that he was allergic to peanuts and milk. The only thing that didn't make sense was that he had been and continues to dring cow's milk without consequence. Due to the peanut information we kept him away from peanuts like the plague.....until last night. My older daughter got her hands on some walnuts and fed him 3. We were out and were called by our frantic babysitter saying his whole face and eyes were bright red. I think you all know the rest of the story. We spend the entire night in the emergency roonm. Being new to PA, I would like to know if once you are allergic to say, walnuts, if that means you are allergic to ALL nuts? Is there a way to find out which ones? Is this a life-long condition, or do some kids grow out of it? I'm told that egg allergies can be out-grown, but what about walnuts? I'm in a state of shock and shudder to think of sending me son to school where he is out of my control. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

Posted on: Sat, 12/09/2000 - 5:36am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Welcome! It is very shocking to find out that some things that are completely innocent to the general population are deadly to your precious child.
My son is allergic to peanuts, almonds, pistachios and cashews. We found this out from a skin prick test. Even though he is not allergic to the others that does not mean he will not become allergic to them later on. We keep him away from all nuts due to the fact that most of the time they are packaged in the same facility as the ones he is allergic to.
Most people agree that nut allergies are life long but there is proof that they are sometimes outgrown. The major key is to strictly avoid all exposure of them.
Do you have an Epi? If not I would definately get one. Also, I understand how you feel about sending your son to school. We decided to homeschool before our children were ever born but now that we are dealing with PA it helps!

Posted on: Mon, 12/11/2000 - 2:07am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Sorry to hear of your rough initiation in to the world of PA/TNA.
There are ways to tell which nuts they are and aren't allergic to (with a CAP-RAST test), but most allergist advise to avoid all nuts like the plague, especially since children (and adults too) often can't differentiate one type of nut from another. My son is allergic to peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, chickpeas and sesame. He tested just slightly positive to almonds, but we were told that it could become severed at any time, so to just avoid all nuts.
Good luck to you and your family.

Posted on: Thu, 12/14/2000 - 11:15pm
Head Cook's picture
Joined: 11/19/2000 - 09:00

The fun never ends with food allergies! Their allergies change all the time, and just when you think you have it figured out something else gets thrown in the equation. At 7 years old we discovered my sons soy allergy after going nutty(haha) thinking he was getting slipped peanuts. And its a high 4 RAST. Its amazing that he went 7 years consuming soy and then it goes full blown. Figuring it out did get rid of a lot of his asthma, so that was a godsend. But you never know how their bodies will change.

Posted on: Thu, 12/21/2000 - 1:24pm
ihatepeanuts's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

Your son sounds so much like mine. He
was first tested for allergies (skin prick
tests on the back) when he was a year old.
It confirmed what I knew.....allergies to
peanuts, dairy, eggs and wheat. They never
tested him for tree nuts because they tested
for so much and said if he's allergic to
peanuts you just stay away from all nuts
anyway. He is now 5

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