Other children allergic?

Posted on: Sat, 10/06/2001 - 11:53am
kaseeellen's picture
Joined: 10/06/2001 - 09:00

My oldest son, Matthew, 4, is PA...when his little brother came along, the ped simply said, his chances of being allergic were 50% and to treat him as I do my oldest. No nut products of any kind.
Matthew is a 6 on the RAST, and it's also an airborn allergy, and since my youngest (now 2) has never been exposed to peanuts it wouldn't even show up on a blood test if we wanted to have him tested. Dr said, you could just try some with him (which of course made me cringe...knowing what happens to my oldest....)
I'm curious to see how many people have other children, if they're allergic, and how did you find out? There is no one else in my family with food allergies, so I have no one else to compare to. Help me out if you can..

Matthew's Mom


Posted on: Sat, 10/06/2001 - 12:51pm
Renee111064's picture
Joined: 07/05/2001 - 09:00

Hello Matthew's Mom,
I have three sons. My oldest who is 10, and my youngest who is 2 1/2 are both allergic to amoxicillin. Nothing else.
I am the one with the allergies in the family although I do not have food allergies. Mine are mold, trees, dust, dust mites, etc... I also have asthma. My Grandmother had eczema to the extreme and allergies and also my mother had allergies and asthma.
Both of my non pa children eat peanut butter. I too was worried about giving my son any peanut butter. But what I did was took a little peanut butter and placed a spot on his cheek and one on the top of his hands. Nothing happened. No hive no nothing. After I experimented with that then I finally gave him a taste of peanut butter on a cracker. No reactions.
Now he asks for peanut butter sandwiches. As you can see my home is not peanut free. Only I am allowed to handle the peanut butter and under close supervision are they allowed to eat it. I also wash and disinfect everything, the table, chairs and whatever else needs to be disinfected.
If you want to know if he will have a reaction I would suggest you trying a little spot on his skin.
My pa child has never ever eaten peanut butter. He did get some on his hands once and they started to hive within a few minutes.
Best wishes with your decision,

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2001 - 8:25am
torontosue's picture
Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

My oldest son has no allergies at all. My youngest is allergic to peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, soy; has asthma, eczema and environmental allergies.
My oldest son will eat what his brother is allergic to when he is out of the house. The only reason he doesn't eat it at home is because Taran is airborne allergic to the nuts, we allow Curt to eat the soy nut butter in the house. I think this would be the only reason I would keep my other child away from nuts if I were you, unless you had a reason to think he might be allergic.
At least if your other child is exposed to nuts and reacts, you will have the epi-pen already. Perhaps you might want to consider having him tested, especially as he gets older, because it is the kind of thing you would definitely want to know before he starts school. After all, why go through the troubles of getting a nut-free classroom if he isn't actually allergic to nuts. Also, I'd consider that I wouldn't want his first exposure to be at school where I wasn't there, just in case he did react.

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2001 - 10:38am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

kaseeellen: this is a tough one!! My pa son is almost 4 yrs old and my other son is 18 months old. My pediatrician also told me that he must be exposed to it in order for it to show up on a test. So, how are we to feel comfortable giving this to our child just to see if they are allergic? This stuff is like poison to me; I can't imagine feeding my baby any peanut product. Our home is 100% nut free. Maybe I will just do it at the doctor's office or hospital! LOL!! I must find out before sending him to preschool when it is time, but I haven't decided on how to try it.
My feelings are however, that my younger son is not allergic due to him not being as sensitive as my pa child. He did not have reflux as a baby like my pa child did; and his skin does not react to things like him either. I guess my husband and I are just going by our parental insticts.
Good Luck and Stay Safe!

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2001 - 10:56am
kaseeellen's picture
Joined: 10/06/2001 - 09:00

Sounds like your situation is just like mine. Matthew is almost 4, Jack just turned 2. I'm going to try Renee's suggestion with the pb on Jack's hand (when Matthew is not home). I know that with a first reaction (not injested but on his skin) he won't have the swelling in his mouth or throat. Matthew's very first reaction after a pb&j sandwich at age 13 months was hives. I thought he was allergic to the strawberry jelly. I bought grape and tried again. The kid would not even pick it up off his highchair tray. At age 15 months he got ahold of one of those little cheesy sandwich crackers with the pb in the middle and after just one lick his mouth instantly started to swell.
My youngest is very much like yours, no envirnmental allergies, he was never sick as a baby, no sensitive skin, no asthma. (Wow, is this what a healthy baby is like??) Because their health has always been so different I would actually be surprised if he WAS allergic.
The only reason I really want to know if he's allergic is so I know to have more epipens on hand, or if he needs a medic bracelet. His blood wouldn't show any allergy now, as he's never been exposed to it. Nothing in our home would change if he was not allergic. I still wouldn't have it in the house, as Matthew's sensitivity to it is airborn.
I'll have the dr. test him in next month when we go in for a check up, cross your fingers and wish us luck. But I have to say, even knowing he's with a doctor (who's child is also PA) and I trust them to control the situation, it still makes my stomach turn to knots!
Thanks everyone for the advice and the information!

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2001 - 11:55am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi! I have triplet boys (almost 5 yrs old) and only 1 is allergic to peanuts (incidentally, they are fraternal triplets, not identical). We found out my one son was PA when I gave them all their first PBJ sandwich around 2 yrs old. The other two had no reaction and although I do not keep peanut products in the house, they have had items that contained peanuts products (outside of our house) with no problems.

Posted on: Wed, 10/10/2001 - 1:10am
Lschubert's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

My oldest (now 8) is PA. He also has dust,mold and Cat allergies. But so far nothing else including other nuts. My younger son (Now 6) has no allergies at all. There was a big difference in there health as baby's. We tested the younger one by giving him At nieghbors house a pb cookie. No reaction. He has had no reaction to pb sandwitches too. We are a peanut free home so he only eats things like this away form home. I hope this helps .
by the way I never was afraid he might have allergies. His reaction to new food was so different than the first.
God bless, Lori

Posted on: Wed, 10/10/2001 - 4:07am
nicoleg's picture
Joined: 03/30/2001 - 09:00

It's so interesting to hear people talking about their non-pa kids as generally being healthier or not as sensitive. My son, Jack is 17 mos. and first reacted at 11 mos. He never had sensitive skin except for one small spot on his cheek that would come and go. Never was bothered by new foods at all and had never even had a cold. When I gave him his first tasted of p.b. it never, never even occured to me that he might react. This has been his only reaction (vomiting, hives, listlessness) and no reactions to anything else so far.
I'm not sure how I'll be with another child, but I'm certainly not giving him/her any p.b.

Posted on: Wed, 10/10/2001 - 9:50am
Adrienne_J's picture
Joined: 10/09/2001 - 09:00

hi there -
I'm extremely PA/nuts and my sister wasn't at all, not until 28 yr. when she developed an allergy to pine nuts and straight soy products (etamame, soy nuts, tofu).
My mom has a funny story about me...when i was an infant she tried 3 times to give me peanut butter on toast...each time I picked it up, sniffed at it, and then promptly threw it across the kitchen...after the third time she gave up, then a year later I had a full blown anaphylactic shock reaction to a peanut M&M...the docs apparently said that if I was smaller, it would have been worse, even fatal....point of story? Thank God for guardian angels! (and that even infants have built in self-survival behaviors)
- AJ

Posted on: Mon, 10/15/2001 - 4:40am
JasonAndJoeysMom's picture
Joined: 10/15/2001 - 09:00

Jason (4) is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, coconut, crustaceans, soy, wheat, egg, oats, cod, tuna, sulfa drugs, cats, horses, grass, evergreen and dust mites. He also has severe eczema.
Joey (2) has no known allergies. He had mild eczema that resolved by the time he was a year old.
I'm nickel-allergic, allergic to an additive in some soaps, and I think I may be allergic to dust mites. I also have problems with occasional mild eczema. None of my siblings have allergies.
DH has seasonal allergies, occasional mild eczema, and was allergic to milk and soy as a baby. His sister has seasonal allergies, and a few members of his family have food allergies.

Posted on: Fri, 11/02/2001 - 12:17pm
patsmommy's picture
Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

My son is a 4year old PA. We found out when he was 20 months old from an orange cracker with peanut butter. He vomited, hives and was listless. I have a 19 month old. I am also afraid to give him peanut butter. I dont think my son is airborne allergic because we do have it in the house and i have eaten it when he was in the next room. If he was airborne I would have known already right?
I guess I will need to find out before 19 month old goes to school. Until then both kids follow the same diet.

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