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ArtLvr 05-14-2007 08:28 PM

Child w/peanut allergy
 
I have a 4y who has a peanut allergy. He was diangosted with it when he was about 2yo. We have no other food allergy in our family. He has not had another reaction since his first and we've kept him ezama free for over a year. We are obnouxious about what he can or can't eat. He is GREAT about it all. We'll be walking through the grocery store and he'll ask "Mama, is that safe for me?" It breaks my heart but also gives me comfort to know he gets how serious this is. :(

With that said, his tollerence numbers keep climbing (not good). Anyone know how to either keep the numbers from climbing or how we can get them to drop? Any suggestions? Any web sites that could help? Anything you got is welcomed!!

Bluebear 05-14-2007 08:55 PM

oh well....you can check out

www.peanutallergy.com

If you post what you just posted you will get a lot of knowledgable responses but really no one knows what the numbers mean. I have heard that they sometimes go up before going down.

The only way I have heard to try to keep the numbers down is strick avoidance including any crosscontaminated products!

good luck...and do check out Peanutallergy.com - it rocks.

:)

kittygalval 05-15-2007 06:17 AM

Kimberly, I totally feel for your DS. My DD is 14 months old and she was just diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Thankfully we found out through allergy testing instead of a reaction. She too gets eczema a lot. I have not really researched different sites but her allergist said this website was good. www.foodallergy.org
The one Bluebear listed looks good too. ;)
DD's allergist also gave me a list of allergen-free food companies (candy, etc). If you are interested, PM me and I will get that list to you. HTH!

Vivi's Mommy 05-16-2007 01:33 PM

My DD has a peanut allergy as well as eggs and tomatoes. I know the feeling about feeling obnoxious. I always thought those allergy kid moms were so bossy and militant... now I know why.

RAST numbers can go up and down and they don't know why. I agree with Bluebear avoidance is your best bet to not increase his sensitivity to peanuts.

I was thinking about why so many people have food allergies these days. 50 years ago hardly anyone did. People aren't that different than 50 years ago so it must be the food.

Good luck with your DS. It's good that he understands the importance of what he eats and touches. He's a smart one!

ArtLvr 05-16-2007 06:21 PM

Very Grateful
 
Thank you all for your help and comments. I've been checking out PeanutAllergy.com (found VERY helpful), PeanutAllergyKids.com, and even WebMD.com. I'm not much of a forum person, but I think I'm going have to force myself to be one to keep up with all the useful information people are researching and experiencing.

He's had this allergy for 3yr and I'm still having difficulty understanding why since no other person in our family has a food allergy. :confused: Maybe it's not meant for me to understand but just adapt. And that's what we have done as best we or anyone can do with a child with one or multiple food allergies.

It's good to know that there is support out there (not too many people where I live that take this allergy seriously). Thank you all for your kindness!! SCS has some truly amazing people in its community! :-D

See you around the neighborhood! ;)

Montana 05-23-2007 11:29 AM

My 7 yo has allergies to peanuts and milk. It can be frustrating at times, when he sees other kids eating things that he can't have. Overall, he does well with it, all things considered. If I get frustrated, I always remember that in the grand scheme of health problems, this is a minor one.
His last blood test came back negative for peanuts, but when we did the challange, he still broke out in hives.
Our other children don't have food allergies either, but I did as a child, so I'm hoping he will outgrow it. One thing that we have done is avoid any nuts at all. The allergy specialist we went to when we were in Baltimore said that there can be cross contamination.
Anyway, one website that I used when we first found out is the food allergy network
http://www.foodallergy.org/
I haven't been on there in a long time, but they have alot of info that you might find helpful.

ArtLvr 05-23-2007 12:06 PM

[QUOTE=Montana]His last blood test came back negative for peanuts, but when we did the challange, he still broke out in hives.
Our other children don't have food allergies either, but I did as a child, so I'm hoping he will outgrow it. One thing that we have done is avoid any nuts at all. The allergy specialist we went to when we were in Baltimore said that there can be cross contamination.QUOTE]

Thanks for your advice! I will pray your son will outgrow both the peanut and milk allergy. Sounds like he has a really strong chance. I pray that ALL kids could be "cured" of this and all anaphylaxis allergies.

One question, did your son's numbers go up at all? Where did they start at? Does he have asthma? Forgive me if I'm getting to personal. I went to PeanutAllergy.com and found out that kids w/asthma are less likely to outgrow their peanut allergy (my son has asthma--only has difficulty when his environmental allergies are high and bothering him).

We avoid all nuts (I'm even having him avoid soy and peas since they are both liegemen [sp]). It's my belief that they could be contaminated as well. But I'm more lax when it comes to the possibility of cross contamination of tree nuts. I wonder...should I or does that even make a difference? How strict should I be? We avoid peanuts like the poison it is to my son's health. I want to protect him with my life but not smother him, ya know? I seem to have more questions than answers that doctors don't know how to answer.

Sorry if I'm babbling. I'm very passionate about this since I was the one that caused him have this allergy (unintentionally of course). I'm not as hard on myself as I used to be but I'm finding it hard to forgive myself.

Anyway, thanks again Montana!

Montana 05-24-2007 06:32 AM

I would have to check to see what his specific numbers were. But his milk allergy has continued to increase, although we have tried to avoid any and all milk with him. The last time we had him tested (this past Feb) we didn't get the numbers to compare them with the previous ones. If you want to know more specifics I could find them out for you.
He doesn't have any asthma. I will give you a little backround. He had a reaction to milk based formula (hives) at 5 wks old, so we had him tested when he was 6 months old. Besides the food he was also allergic to cats, dogs, & mice. His allergy dr said we needed to get rid of our cat (our only pet) or he could possibly develop asthma. Since then we have been a pet free home. He has some seasonal allergies and still is allergic to pets. Even though the levels of his dog allergy have gone down, the cat allergy has gone up. But he has not had any problems more than sneezing, runny nose, etc.
One thing that really helped us was that we were in Baltimore at the time. They have a great allergy specialist. Even though she was really busy, she had this wonderful, very informed nurse, who was able to answer alot of our questions. Even things like where to buy certain foods that would be OK. I wonder if there is anyone like that in your area.
I will be happy to answer any of your questions, but I can only speak from personal experience. It would help if you had an experienced medical person to ask.
Hang in there! It does get easier, even though it may not seem like it right now. Feel free to ask me anything else. :)

ArtLvr 05-24-2007 08:16 AM

Montana, you have been so helpful. I didn't mean to get to personal (very sorry if I did). I understand that the information that I get from other parents of kids’ w/food allergies is a case by case scenario; different family backgrounds, environmental differences, etc. They people that I know here in my area that have kids w/food allergies take it so lightly. It's crazy...

I'm so sorry you had to give up your beloved pet (that had to be incredibly hard) :( , but you're a good mom for doing so. Some parents would've let their child suffer. Kudos to you!! :D

I really can not image being allergic to milk; or wheat, egg, or soy for that matter. They are impossible to avoid! These allergens are in nearly everything! He must be a very healthy eater; fruits and veggies. I feel your frustration on number increasing. We avoid the allergen like the plague but it doesn't seem to matter. So incredibly aggravating! I know how you feel.

We plan on going to St. Louis Children's Hospital next year. If we change he'll have to have a scratch test done. He'll have to do a scratch test again anyway if we stay at the allergist we have now. Good time to change! ;) This is a good hospital. Kids go here for food challenges when the numbers come back negative. We hope that we’ll get more informative answers from the doctor’s there. We’ll see!

Let me know how it goes with your son. Will they give him another challenge? What sort of info did they provide you when he did brake out in hive after his challenge? What did they tell you about his milk allergy? Why did it increase?

Thank you so much, Montana! :-D You have been so informative and helpful! And so very sweet!! Thanks again!

Montana 05-25-2007 07:36 AM

Don't worry, I didn't think that your questions were too personal.
Sounds like you have good medical help. I hope that it will be helpful. It is a learning process.
My son is a very healthy eater. He eats lots of fruits and veggies and pasta. He is picky, and it is hard to get him to try new things. Most of this is just from being a kid, but I blame some of it on his allergies.
It is something to take very seriously. Maybe the people you know who seem to take it lightly, don't really understand. Or their kids are not really allergic to those foods. If your kid was going to become very ill, and possibly be hospitalized, you would get serious quickly.

kaufeestamper 05-25-2007 01:22 PM

My heart and prayers go out to all you moms and kids dealing with food allergies. I know it's hard. Our son is 20 months and we've known about his milk/egg/peanut allergies since his anaphalactic reaction to milk at 8 months. Next week we have our first annual blood test to see if anything has improved. Strict avoidance has kept us from having a second reaction. Daily clariton together with avoidance has all but cleared up his eczema, too.

We are still finding creative ways to cook for our son. My latest super trick has been substituting 3 tb of applesauce per 1 egg when baking. I've made banana bread, brownies, and choc chip cookies (with raisins instead of chips) this week and all tasted totally normal with the applesauce. It feels like such a victory!!!

My biggest sadness is not being able to eat out with our son. My biggest fear is starting school if he hasn't outgrown the allergies by then.

Hang in there moms. It seems to get easier as time goes on.

ArtLvr 05-25-2007 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by kaufeestamper (Post 5907022)
Next week we have our first annual blood test to see if anything has improved. Strict avoidance has kept us from having a second reaction. Daily clariton together with avoidance has all but cleared up his eczema, too.

We are still finding creative ways to cook for our son. My latest super trick has been substituting 3 tb of applesauce per 1 egg when baking. I've made banana bread, brownies, and choc chip cookies (with raisins instead of chips) this week and all tasted totally normal with the applesauce. It feels like such a victory!!!

Congradulation on the goodies!! I've been wanting to try the applesauce replacement (for a healthier version) but haven't yet. No reason why I shouldn't! ;)

My son started preschool this year. Talk about a nervous reck!! But after much investigating we chose a school that provided safe environment for children with food allergies. Some areas actually have peanut free facitlities; even school districts. Sadly, I do not live in one of those areas. They make the kids sit in a separate table by themselves (from k-12). Not really happy about that. Need to get all the food allergy mom's together and brainstorm. ;}

Good luck at your annual blood test (I always get antsy when my DS's comes up). I'll be praying for him!

jetstudio29 05-28-2007 03:10 PM

Wow,

I just found this thread, I do not have any children, but I do have an anaflactic reaction to peanuts. I was tested about 3 yrs ago and I am allergic to most everything inside & out, but the only food was peanuts. Last summer I had a severe reaction and ended up in the ER after a chicken bbq. We are always worried about cross contanination and have to be very careful at icecream shops, they might have the peanut butter close to other stuff, I also am very careful at church picnics and any place you might not know what the ingredients are.

My friends daughter was just diagnosed with a treenut allergy and the only thing she can have is peanuts..weird.. So I've been working with her, she's having a tough time with her daughter in daycare and going to kindergarten next year.

Thank also for the info on the peanut allergy website...I am still trying to learn what I can or cannot have...its also hard because I have a soy allergy to, so that stops alot of food too.

Thanks for letting me talk...and I look forward to learning more on this thread.

jetstudio29 05-28-2007 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ArtLvr (Post 5805889)
He's had this allergy for 3yr and I'm still having difficulty understanding why since no other person in our family has a food allergy. :confused: Maybe it's not meant for me to understand but just adapt. And that's what we have done as best we or anyone can do with a child with one or multiple food allergies.


I understand this part too, my family was trying to figure out what happened to me too.

When I was a toddler I would always eat peanuts and peanut butter and nothing was wrong it wasn't till my teens that I thought something was wrong, but my parents never did anything about it, it wasn't till I was about 26 and I went to be skin test that I asked and we found out for sure.


No one in my family has any food allergies, so we are not sure where this came from either, and everyone loves peanuts and peanut butter.

ArtLvr 05-28-2007 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by jetstudio29 (Post 5932220)
We are always worried about cross contanination and have to be very careful at icecream shops, they might have the peanut butter close to other stuff, I also am very careful at church picnics and any place you might not know what the ingredients are.

My friends daughter was just diagnosed with a treenut allergy and the only thing she can have is peanuts..weird.. So I've been working with her, she's having a tough time with her daughter in daycare and going to kindergarten next year.

Thank also for the info on the peanut allergy website...I am still trying to learn what I can or cannot have...its also hard because I have a soy allergy to, so that stops alot of food too.

Thanks for letting me talk...and I look forward to learning more on this thread.

Jen, I'm really sorry to hear about your peanut allergy. I'm so glad you found this thread useful. I will share what I know and hope others will drop in and do the same.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend's DD tree allergy. The beginning/just finding out is probably the hardest; how did this happen, where do we go from here, what can he/she eat now and what do we need to throw away? It’s all very frustrating and confusing…My heart goes out to her.

I recently subscribed to AllergyMom.com and get a weekly newsletter. I just got my first newsletter and found Enjoy Life Food through an advertisement. They claim to keep the 8 most common food allergens out of their foods. I'm not sure how it tastes but it sure is good to know that there are products w/o the common food allergens. Maybe this is old news to some but not to me! :D Anyway, in my house we eat SunButter sandwiches (which my 16m LOVES and so do I). This has the consistency of peanut butter but is made completely from sunflower seeds and is surprisingly good. Best thing about it, processed in a peanut and tree nut free facility.

My son will be started his second year of preschool in July at a new school. Since we found out about his allergy we've been reading him age appropriate books about it. We have Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children's Story of Peanut Allergies and The Peanut Pickle: A Story About Peanut Allergy. Both are very good. My son frequenly asks me now "Is that safe for me?" This is hugh to us because he has developmently issues as well. I know the books are having a big impact on him. I just came across another book at Amazon.com called Mommy, Is This Safe to Eat? A Guide for Preschoolers Allergic to Peanuts and Tree Nuts. I've not read or seen this book but looks like one I need to. Here's one for your friend to think about for her DD: Chad the Allergic Chipmunk: A Children's Story of Nut Allergies. All of these books are avalible at Amazon.com.

OMT I would like to add...God bless the people who went to Congress and got them to pass a bill that makes manufacturing companies list the 8 common food allergies. I'm not sure how strict the regulations are but at least it's something! It sure has been helpful for us.

I hope this has been helpful. Good luck to you and your friend's DD.

mresendez0911 05-29-2007 07:45 AM

Hello, My son is 8 yrs old now and has had the trio since about 12 months of age. (asthma, eczema, and allergies) He had a anaphalaxtic episode after eating a piece of my pb&j sandwich at 13 months since then we treat peanuts like they are toxic. It is really hard once they start school. He knows and fears what will happen to him if he eats a peanut but it's hard to control everything the kids eat once the leave your home. His severe allergies include also include dogs and cats. His numbers on these two where over 5000 which was the worst his Dr. had ever seen. His eczema is out of control at times and he somtimes tells me that he is worried he will be teased at school because he's different. Thanks for posting this thread I will let him read it so he can see that there are other kids that are just like him.

kaufeestamper 05-29-2007 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ArtLvr (Post 5934601)
OMT I would like to add...God bless the people who went to Congress and got them to pass a bill that makes manufacturing companies list the 8 common food allergies. I'm not sure how strict the regulations are but at least it's something! It sure has been helpful for us.

I hope this has been helpful. Good luck to you and your friend's DD.

I second that! The new warnings on food labels that are in plain English, "contains milk, wheat, soy, etc" is ever so helpful! I am very thankful things like this that make it a little easier.

Chef Mama 05-30-2007 02:34 PM

Ladies, I don't have a peanut allergy, but am gluten intolerant, so I check labels. A friend had told me about PhillySwirls frozen treats (like popsicles, etc.). I picked some up & they said, "Gluten -free" but before that it said, "Peanut and treenut free." On the label it declares, "Made in a peanut and tree-nut free factory." Here's a link to the website just fyi: http://www.phillyswirl.com/index1.cfm

ArtLvr 05-30-2007 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Chef Mama (Post 5958561)
Ladies, I don't have a peanut allergy, but am gluten intolerant, so I check labels. A friend had told me about PhillySwirls frozen treats (like popsicles, etc.). I picked some up & they said, "Gluten -free" but before that it said, "Peanut and treenut free." On the label it declares, "Made in a peanut and tree-nut free factory." Here's a link to the website just fyi: http://www.phillyswirl.com/index1.cfm

Gluten is one of the allergies that is imposible to avoid in a LOT of foods. I don't know how you do it.

Thanks you very much for sharing this info. I checked out their web site and I looks like they sell PhillySwirls at a couple of my stores! Thanks again!

Montana 06-11-2007 08:52 AM

Thanks for the tips about the books. I will have to look for some of those. I did find out that reason my son may have tested negative for peanuts but still reacted to them. Since he hasn't eaten anything with peanuts the levels of what they test for could be low in his bloodstream. That may not make sense, but it's something like that
We have relatives visiting, so I feel like I am the food police any time someone is in the kitchen. I'm worried about cross contamination b/c it has happened before with visitors. Does anyone else ever feel like that?

kittygalval 06-11-2007 10:03 AM

Just wanted to clue you all in in case you didn't know. Animal crackers contain trace amounts of peanuts. I found out after it was too late. Thankfully, she didn't have a severe reaction. Just puke and a rash 2 hours later. :roll: At least I didn't have to use the epipen.

ArtLvr 06-11-2007 10:57 AM

Food Police
 
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Originally Posted by Montana (Post 6094507)
Thanks for the tips about the books. I will have to look for some of those. I did find out that reason my son may have tested negative for peanuts but still reacted to them. Since he hasn't eaten anything with peanuts the levels of what they test for could be low in his bloodstream. That may not make sense, but it's something like that

*scratch* I'm sure that it's suppose to make sense but I'm not fully understanding it. So, are you supposed to allow him to eat food that is cross contaminated to get his system adjusted to bits of peanut protein? Or is that still a no-no? I know you were still avoiding things like that, but does that change now with this new development?

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We have relatives visiting, so I feel like I am the food police any time someone is in the kitchen. I'm worried about cross contamination b/c it has happened before with visitors. Does anyone else ever feel like that?
Yea, I feel your pain there. The kitchen is where people sometimes like to hang out. It was especially hard keeping people from feeding him stuff when my DS was younger. Little kids are willing to eat whatever you give them especially if it's candy (still had trouble saying no). It's been my experience that most people just don't understand the severity of this allergy. Or they don't understand that it's not just peanuts but things they could hide in or contaminated. Whatever dish(es) I cook/bake/buy I make sure it's safe for my son (and that he likes) and tell him my dishes are the only things he is to eat; especially deserts. When anyone has ever made comments on him not eating what they've brought/bought I explain that we're trying to keep him safe/reaction free. Even with the best intensions we all make mistakes and overlook something. I usually end my explanation with "The last thing we want is an Ambulance coming here taking him to the ER b/c he can't breath from something he’s ate." That usually does the trick. Sometimes I have to go into the whole EpiPen explanation (honking big needle into a thigh only 3-4" diameter—he’s a skinny little thing, what it does to the body, etc). Of course I try to say all of this politely, with the utmost respect, and add lots of kindness. Still, I hate hovering over my DS. He’s just turned 4 and is finally expressing some independence. Yea…it makes for a stressful time. Hang in there!

ArtLvr 06-11-2007 11:31 AM

Very sorry to hear about your daughter. :( Thank goodness it was a mild reaction. She feeling better? What brand were they?

We've been getting the Keebler® brand. I usually buy the Keebler® Animals Cookies Frosted Cookies. They're a little TOO yummy!! ;) Also, we have a grocery store called Aldi. They have their version of regular/plain animal crackers/cookies are peanut free. Or I should say the box has an allergy allert and peanuts is not mentioned. To us that means it's safe to eat.

Thanks for keeping us posted!

kittygalval 06-11-2007 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by ArtLvr (Post 6096480)
Very sorry to hear about your daughter. :( Thank goodness it was a mild reaction. She feeling better? What brand were they?

We've been getting the Keebler® brand. I usually buy the Keebler® Animals Cookies Frosted Cookies. They're a little TOO yummy!! ;) Also, we have a grocery store called Aldi. They have their version of regular/plain animal crackers/cookies are peanut free. Or I should say the box has an allergy allert and peanuts is not mentioned. To us that means it's safe to eat.

Thanks for keeping us posted!

The brand its Stauffer's Animal Crackers Original. I will have to check out the Keebler brand! ;) Thanks!

Montana 06-12-2007 12:22 PM

We use the Nabisco brand of animal crackers. They are the one's that say "Barnum's animals" on the front. They aren't as popular as teddy grahams at my house, though!

Montana 06-12-2007 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by ArtLvr (Post 6095992)
*scratch* I'm sure that it's suppose to make sense but I'm not fully understanding it. So, are you supposed to allow him to eat food that is cross contaminated to get his system adjusted to bits of peanut protein? Or is that still a no-no? I know you were still avoiding things like that, but does that change now with this new development?

I think it just means that because he hasn't been exposed, and is not that highly allergic there was not enough of whatever in the bloodstream that the test would pick up. DH is an MD and explained it to me, but I barely understand, so I can't really explain it. As long as he (dh) knows what is going on!

I usually end my explanation with "The last thing we want is an Ambulance coming here taking him to the ER b/c he can't breath from something he’s ate." That usually does the trick. Sometimes I have to go into the whole EpiPen explanation (honking big needle into a thigh only 3-4" diameter—he’s a skinny little thing, what it does to the body, etc). Of course I try to say all of this politely, with the utmost respect, and add lots of kindness. Still, I hate hovering over my DS. He’s just turned 4 and is finally expressing some independence. Yea…it makes for a stressful time. Hang in there!

Have you ever had to use an epi-pen? We stopped carrying ours b/c our sons reactions have not been respiratory. I think it would be a really scary thing.

ArtLvr 06-13-2007 04:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Montana (Post 6110957)
Have you ever had to use an epi-pen? We stopped carrying ours b/c our sons reactions have not been respiratory. I think it would be a really scary thing.

Thankfully, no. His only reaction was his first which was hives. He does have asthma which (from my understanding) means his next could cause anaphlactic reaction. We have 4 Epi-pens. My DH and I affectionaly joke that we're definately prepared in the event on of our DS's has a reaction to a bee sting. ;)

ArtLvr 06-13-2007 05:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Montana (Post 6110878)
We use the Nabisco brand of animal crackers. They are the one's that say "Barnum's animals" on the front. They aren't as popular as teddy grahams at my house, though!

We've been avoiding Nabisco until they provide an allergy allert. I've contacted them regarding their popular Oreos and they gave me the run-around. I have since found out that they make PB oreos. :( Possible cross contamination there.

Oddly enough, Nabisco does put allergy alerts on some of their Snack Wells (an item I think is more of an adult treat). They're keeping the adults "safe" but what about the kids? According to the new FDA rulling, they have until January 1, 2008 to add allergy alerts to all their food lines. Until then they won't get my business.

dmsouthall 06-13-2007 05:27 AM

I don't have time right now to read this entire thread (I have a 2 & 3 year old sitting on my lap). I wanted to subscribe and come back later to read more. I also have a child with nut allergies as well as Eggs and Bananas - - - I have 2 girls (ages 2 & 3) and it is my 2 year old who has the allergies but when my 3 year old doesn't want to eat something she will now say 'I'm allergic to ______.'

It took us a while to know that she was allergic to Bananas because it just caused ezcema and her to throw up - - - but looking back it is a bit obvious. The Eggs & Nuts she gets awefull hives, swells and looks aweful - we know right away if she gets something - - - she has a hard time with a few ranch dressings because of the eggs - - -

anyway - thanks for starting this discussion and I hope to find some help or ideas here too.

Marian

Montana 06-13-2007 07:16 AM

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Originally Posted by ArtLvr (Post 6118143)
We've been avoiding Nabisco until they provide an allergy allert. I've contacted them regarding their popular Oreos and they gave me the run-around. I have since found out that they make PB oreos. :( Possible cross contamination there.

Oddly enough, Nabisco does put allergy alerts on some of their Snack Wells (an item I think is more of an adult treat). They're keeping the adults "safe" but what about the kids? According to the new FDA rulling, they have until January 1, 2008 to add allergy alerts to all their food lines. Until then they won't get my business.

I hadn't thought of that. If I don't see a warning on there, I just assume it is OK. I will have to watch the oreos, too. They are about the only cookie that I have seen with no milk. Guess it's back to homemade treats.
They are the best, anyway.

One positive about allergies.... My son is a very healthy eater!

Montana 06-13-2007 07:22 AM

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Originally Posted by dmsouthall (Post 6118262)
I don't have time right now to read this entire thread (I have a 2 & 3 year old sitting on my lap). I wanted to subscribe and come back later to read more. I also have a child with nut allergies as well as Eggs and Bananas - - - I have 2 girls (ages 2 & 3) and it is my 2 year old who has the allergies but when my 3 year old doesn't want to eat something she will now say 'I'm allergic to ______.'

My son did that for awhile. He was allergic to anything he didn't want to eat. But it was just a phase that he went through. Hopefully, your daughter will outgrow it, too. Is she a picky eater?

kittygalval 06-13-2007 07:23 AM

We were at MC Donalds yesterday and the hostess tried to get my DD to have some of their cookies. I politely said "No, thank you. She is allergic to peanuts." Wouldn't you know, the MC Donalds cookies say right on the package, "May contains trace amounts of peanuts and tree nuts." The MC Donalds lady learned something new. :roll:

chantae 06-13-2007 07:42 AM

I thought I'd join you ladies since my 6yr old ds is going in for food allergy testing tomorrow. We spent Friday night in the ER after he had a reaction to a bite of ice cream containing cashews. My ds has been an extremely picky eater since 14mo old (he ate everything before that!) and is very dramatic when he doesn't want to eat something. Well, on 2 separate occasions over the past 6mo he has taken a bite of an almond and ended up completely panicking/freaking out and then throwing up. Dh and I honestly thought it was because of his aversion to textures he doesn't like. Well, Friday night the same thing happened after the cashew-in-the-ice cream, but then he broke out in hives. Once at the ER they said he had some swelling on his uvula (in his throat) and gave him 2 separate meds to get rid of his symptoms. I feel really badly about this and am anxious to find out what the scratch test shows tomorrow.

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease this past Feb and have made the major change to eating gluten-free. The thought of having to add tree nuts and who knows how many other allergins to our kitchen restrictions sounds a bit overwhelming. Many of my gluten-free bread/pancake mixes contain almond flour (which he has been eating with me). I know it is doable and there are certainly worse things to deal with.....I'm just feeling kinda sad right now.

-Chantae

kittygalval 06-13-2007 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by chantae (Post 6119884)
I thought I'd join you ladies since my 6yr old ds is going in for food allergy testing tomorrow. We spent Friday night in the ER after he had a reaction to a bite of ice cream containing cashews. My ds has been an extremely picky eater since 14mo old (he ate everything before that!) and is very dramatic when he doesn't want to eat something. Well, on 2 separate occasions over the past 6mo he has taken a bite of an almond and ended up completely panicking/freaking out and then throwing up. Dh and I honestly thought it was because of his aversion to textures he doesn't like. Well, Friday night the same thing happened after the cashew-in-the-ice cream, but then he broke out in hives. Once at the ER they said he had some swelling on his uvula (in his throat) and gave him 2 separate meds to get rid of his symptoms. I feel really badly about this and am anxious to find out what the scratch test shows tomorrow.

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease this past Feb and have made the major change to eating gluten-free. The thought of having to add tree nuts and who knows how many other allergins to our kitchen restrictions sounds a bit overwhelming. Many of my gluten-free bread/pancake mixes contain almond flour (which he has been eating with me). I know it is doable and there are certainly worse things to deal with.....I'm just feeling kinda sad right now.

-Chantae

Welcome, Chantae. I think I remember you from the infant forum, right? I am sorry you had an ER episode. I will pray that you will get some good answers tomorrow. Let us know how it goes. Keep you chin up! ;)

ArtLvr 06-13-2007 10:00 AM

Hang in there, Chantae!
 
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Originally Posted by chantae (Post 6119884)
I thought I'd join you ladies since my 6yr old ds is going in for food allergy testing tomorrow.

Oh girl...I feel your pain and am so very sorry! :( It's been two years since our first detection and it still get the blues from time to time about it. Great big HUGH hugs going your way...

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Do the best you can to keep your chin up for the sake of your son tomorrow no matter what the outcome. Believe me I know that will be hard! Know that we are here for you so please keep us posted! Good luck tomorrow!

In my thoughts and prayers,

kaufeestamper 06-14-2007 10:49 AM

i just wanted to update on our first annual blood test for my 21 month old. we unintentionally had the blood test on his 1 year anniversary of his anaphalactic reaction to milk. it was very surreal driving the same route to the hospital for testing that i took that day one year ago to the er. this time i stopped at the stop signs.

we just got the results and he tested negative to peanut, egg, and soy; all of which were high on his blood tests one year ago. the milk improved from a class 4 to a class 3 (i guess the classes go up to 6). they still consider class 3 high and possibly anaphalactic but we are happy about the improvement. and of course, we are thrilled about the other tests coming back negative!!!

in two weeks, we go for the skin tests on peanut, egg, and soy to see if he'll have topical reactions.

thanks for listening and best wishes to all of you dealing with this too.

chantae 06-14-2007 04:27 PM

Here's our update after ds MD appointment today. He was tested for a variety of nuts and was positive for all of the tree variety. The cashews (which sent him to the ER Friday) had a huge welt with surrounding redness. All of the others were less severe, but still positive. Peanuts were negative, which is fortunate for him since PBJ sandwiches are all he ever wants for lunch. The MD had him "practice" using the epi injector and recommended that our ds have it with him "at all times".

It is a really strange feeling to know my child has such a life-threatening reaction to something that could be so easily ingested. I will now be teaching him to read ingredient lists along with me. I'll be on the lookout for the tree nuts along with my own excluded gluten.

BTW, what do all of you do about products which are "made in a facility that also processes tree nuts". Our MD wouldn't for the record make a recommendation. He simply explained that the only things we could be positively sure didn't have the allergins in them would be whole foods I prepare at home. Oh joy, more cooking for me!!! ha, ha.

Also, thanks for the warm welcome here. And yes, I have been on the preggo & baby boards. I had our 3rd and final child in December. I keep saying the past year has been full of all kinds of challenges, but the "year" is over and the challenges just keep coming!!! That's life for ya!

kaufeestamper, glad to hear you had some improvements with lab results today. That must feel really nice.

-Chantae

ArtLvr 06-14-2007 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by dmsouthall (Post 6118262)
I don't have time right now to read this entire thread (I have a 2 & 3 year old sitting on my lap). I wanted to subscribe and come back later to read more. I also have a child with nut allergies as well as Eggs and Bananas - - - I have 2 girls (ages 2 & 3) and it is my 2 year old who has the allergies but when my 3 year old doesn't want to eat something she will now say 'I'm allergic to ______.'

It took us a while to know that she was allergic to Bananas because it just caused ezcema and her to throw up - - - but looking back it is a bit obvious. The Eggs & Nuts she gets awefull hives, swells and looks aweful - we know right away if she gets something - - - she has a hard time with a few ranch dressings because of the eggs - - -

anyway - thanks for starting this discussion and I hope to find some help or ideas here too.

Marian

Hi Marian! So glad you found us. Come back anytime (or I should say when you have the time and are "lap-free" :) ). Sounds like you have your hands full!! And probably full of love. ;)

I hope you find this thread usefull! Be sure to keep us posted on all your kiddies. :-D

momof2stampers 06-14-2007 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by ArtLvr (Post 6095992)
*scratch* I'm sure that it's suppose to make sense but I'm not fully understanding it. So, are you supposed to allow him to eat food that is cross contaminated to get his system adjusted to bits of peanut protein? Or is that still a no-no? I know you were still avoiding things like that, but does that change now with this new development?


I saw this and I realized that nobody had responded.

Never do this! If you are allergic, you can acclimate your body to an allergen (works with non-food). You will simply increase the allergy. YOu may not notice it if you are only giving little bits, but you are only making it worse, and more severe.


I am anaphylactic to shellfish. My 7 yo DS is anaphylactic to tree nuts (maybe) and shellfish. My 5 yo DD is lactose intolerant.

My reactions have been so severe, that my heart stopped when I was 12 (my first reaction to shellfish and I had grown up eating it weekly). My son tested positive to hazelnuts 2 years ago from a scratch test. A year later our lives came to a grinding halt as he developed anaphylaxis from within his own body and we were told he had a year to live. We have since found out the diagnosis was wrong, and we are seeing many different doctors. Many of his allergies may actually be false reactions:confused: He's now tested negative to everything through the RAST test except for shrimp. But, he had a minor anaphylactic reaction a month ago while hiking in the woods. We don't know why.

We are a lot more relaxed now than we were, and we've realized we have to relax to give him a normal life. We went for 4 months with him sleeping with me and my DH in the guest room because we found him unconscious in bed.

We have another allergist/immulogist appointment in July and they will try to introduce tree nuts into his diet. :?

kaufeestamper 06-14-2007 06:35 PM

Chantae, I'm glad your son can still eat peanut butter. It's the little victories like that that really keep us hopeful.

Our allergist told us to be cautious even if the label just says the food came from a factory where milk products are processed. We don't let our son have anything with that label.

And yes, I do a lot of cooking although I've never enjoyed it or been good at it. It just becomes a way of life. Our son has never had a bite of food from a restaurant.


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