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mommys's picture
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Allergies

It is official, Natalie is allergic to milk and peanuts. This whole thing has been a little shocking since there are no food allergies in our family. We have been struggling for months to figure out her allergies. We figured out milk first at 11 months but kept having these random reactions that didn't make sense. At 11 months, I had started her over with foods - baby purees adding one new one every few days. Nothing made sense. It wasn't until she tried peanut butter for the first time at 1 year and 2 days that she had a very obvious reaction (hives across face, throwing up, lethargic). Now, I'm pretty sure all those early reactions were from cross contamination or from my breastmilk. I'm glad to finally have the answers and they did a full allergy panel so we know she is not allergic to any of the other common allergens (except cats).

Last night the rest of us had to let go of some of our favorite foods. There was lots of complaining in the house as I explained that peanut butter had to go and all other nuts and then random things like our BBQ sauce with its traces of peanuts, etc. We also reviewed when and how to use the epi-pen.

There is 80% chance of outgrowing milk allergy and 20% chance of outgrowing peanut allergy.

Thanks for reading all of that. This is stressful and all I think about lately.

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One of my good friend's 3rd son is severely allergic to peanuts. But with 2 older boys eliminating peanutbutter wasn't feasible. so the entire family has learned about how to protect him from it. Ie washing the knife after making a sandwich, washing the putting baord and the plate and washing their faces and hands after eating.
the Mom gave up chocolate ice cream along with the youngest because it frequently has peanut traces in it.
Don't forget places like Chick-Fil-A that fry in peanut oil.

I guess my point is, that after awhile and with some age you'll be able to add those things back into the household.

My eldest son is allergic to tree nuts, so i do understand to a degree what you're talking about.

good luck!

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hang in there -- i'm sure it's hard right now til you learn how to live with it...hopefully she outgrows it. O goes for her allergy apt Aug 15th, i don't think anything will pop up, i think she just has intolerances, since she's never had hives... it's mostly GI - stomach discomfort, runny stools, horrible diaper rash... we'll find out soon enough. I'm glad you got some answers though.
Did they do the prick test then? did she cry? i'm nervous about that test.....did they do blood work?

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I am sorry you have to deal with this stress. Hopefully she will outgrow them and you won't have to deal with it forever, and she won't. Will they restest her some point in the future? I hope Andrea is dealing with all these changes well. Is it serious enough that Andrea can't eat any peanuts elsewhere in case she brings remnants home?

How was the test? I am a little concerned about R. He broke out in a rash after some strawberries the other day so no more of those. Then... after his birthday cake on his birthday he coughed a few times and I thought he had just inhaled or it was a weird texture... then at his birthday party a few days later he did the same thing.. coughed after taking a bite. He barely ate any of either. This is the first time he has had anything sugary processed like that. Today I was eating a creamsicle and let him take a lick (so weird, I never let him have that kind of stuff). He took a little such and within seconds started coughing and turned a little red. By the time I ran for my phone (in case I needed to call) and came back to him he was fine... I am wondering if this is just a coincidence.. or if he has an issue with food dye or sugar ... or ...?
Julie, I hope O's appointment goes well.

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its a prik test. it looks like a fork that they've dipped each tine into the allergen and then they prick their back (so they can't scratch). then they let it sit for awhile and you've got to keep them from itching. usually a good place will have movies or whatnot. if not bring toys. cause its like 15 minutes or so.
then the "read" the pricks. and wipe it down with a solution to make them stop itching. they'll give benedryl or something if its severe enough.

Sara... keep a log of when Roman coughs like that of exactly what he's eaten and see if they're is a pattern. he might be allergic to something as well.

Ethan would cough and cough and eventually throw up and have breathing issues where he couldn't catch is breath.

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I was trying to find a board specific for allergies. I haven't been on the site for a few years and it has changed alot since. Is there one you ladies know about? (I managed to find this thread while searching) I saw somethign listed for health, special needs, allergies etc. but there wasn't a spot that had allergies..... My son is allergic to nuts (all) and I'd like to find a spot where I can post questions/etc. Thanks !

mommys's picture
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How is everyone doing with the allergies?

We are adjusting slowly.

I'm irritated with DH's inability to give up peanut butter. I won't let it in the house, but he still has some in the garage.

Nell4Him's picture
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Still have yet to see an allergist. I'm just not sure where to ask for the referral. I would like myself, my 3 year old, and Evie tested for various allergies.

Patience, you are more than welcome to post on this thread.. sorry we didn't see your post sooner. Sad

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Thanks! DS and I started at a new allergist 2 weeks ago. According to my last allergist based on bloodwork I was allergic to bees. the new allergist did a skin test and it came up negative. When the tech looked back in my file to see about the bloodwork results, they said that the blood test was negative too. Thankful I never started allergy shots for bees! (which the old allergist insisted I should) so it makes me wonder just how allergic my son is to nuts. (he had a blood test too--if they misread my results they could have misread his?) They did a skin test on my son so I know he has some kind of reaction bc I did see it, but I also dont know how to "read" the reaction either. The new allergist wants to wait one more year before retesting. But he did tell us that we could eat at chickfila despite the peanut oil they use. he said it is cheap enough and the process used to refine it makes it ok. a lot of ppl I know referred me to his office so I trust he's a good dr. though in light of my recent revelation of how cruddy my old dr was makes me hesitant. Just wondering if anyone else has been told the same thing about peanut oil and if they have tried it?

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Wow! I have NO clue on the peanut oil, but I'd be VERY cautious. The best treatment for food allergies is to avoid them completely.. especially nuts!

:goodluck:

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here is what was on the paperwork he gave us (close to what his paperwork said.. it is off of the food allergy anaphalaxis network website.

Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat peanut oil (not cold pressed, expelled, or extruded peanut oil - sometimes represented as gourmet oils). If you are allergic to peanuts, ask your doctor whether or not you should avoid peanut oil.

I don't think he is severely allergic either... he's been around peanut dust, even ate teeny chopped up pecans (oops on mommy's part when we first foudn out he was allergic) We still have peanut butter and nuts in the house. and we let him have foods that list "processed in a plant wiht" --as he had never had a problem with some of the foods listed, we kinda went with it based on the way my in laws handled their son (who is severely allergic) and we have taught him no nuts. He asks when he gets somethign new if it has nuts. and we've explained nuts will make him sick. (his reaction that he did have was a bad rash...that's a longer story Ill share if you ladies want)

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Stephanie, that would drive me crazy.. sorry he is unwilling to give it up completely. I would be nervous to have him around her after he even ate it, but you know how I am. We just went to a new ped for Roman and have been referred to an allergist, suspecting milk... sigh. I don't know what to expect and I am a little nervous. She said they would likely do a skin test instead of blood because his hands are so chubby?! I want to know... but bleh.

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well, we had O's allergy testing done today. We had the panels - so they tested like 40 different things. I had been debating a lot about doing the panels or indivual, blood work or not at all. The dr explained that if we did just dairy, soy and nuts, that would be like 14 indiv. pricks and they'd have to like twist them, so it would be much more painful.....whereas, if we did the panels, it's just 5 of them and they do them at the same time. Soooooooo......she is allergic to milk. We also found out she's allergic to eggs and severely allergic to nuts....so she has a epi pen for that. I have to go get her blood work done to find out the severity of the allergens, but at least for the scratch test, the peanut came up super big and super fast..... so no nuts and no peanut oil. She said i'll have to read labels really well..... I asked about should we remove the PB or nuts in the house adn she said just be diligent that she doesn't get them and if we eat them we have to wash our hands and mouths before kissing or touching her. So, we're just not going to have peanuts/nuts in the house.....niether me or my DH are huge peanut eaters...so i'm not to worried about that.... So, we just have to get her the bloodwork and then take it from there. we go back to the allergist in a month to check in. The Dr believes that she should most likely outgrow the milk and egg allergy, and could with the nut allergy, but obviously, doesn't know for sure. She also said she could probably have things with egg baked in it....like a cake - but i'd have to check frosting for those that use egg whites and wasn't 100% sure on like pancakes, since they aren't cooked as long as say cake. we'll know a little more once her bloodwork comes back......now i'm on the hunt to find a place that takes blood and is excellent with children.....i'm thinking the hosptial should be..... ugh. I gotta say i'm feeling a little in shock or something....i figured she just had more of a intolerance to soy/dairy....i don't know why i am surprised that she would actually be allergic to milk.....or eggs or even nuts....ugh.

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Wow! I'm waiting for my doc to get back to me on what age the allergists in our area will do the testing.. cause I was told not this young. Sad