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#1 of 6 Old 01-16-2012, 04:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi

 

We have two girls 2 and 4, we just found out that our 2 yr old is also allergic to peanuts and i am just devastated.  Just wondering if there is anyone else out there with this situation?

 

my husband unfortunately was not aware of this strong genetic history of peanut allergies until it was too late.  i ate so much pb while pregnant and nursing with both kids.  I would not have gone near the stuff if i would have known all the people in his family who had this.  

I am feeling incredibly guilty, sad and angry.  his mother died when he was three so wasn't alive to tell him this and sister should have reminded him but didn't :0 ((

i know they could have still had this even if i didn't consume it but at least i would have known that i tried

 

 

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The data on pregnancy consumption and prenatal exposure is mixed. Don't feel guilty; it's not a particularly helpful emotion (unless it actually drives you to action).

 

You said 2 kids w.  nut allergies but you reference only the 2-yr-old?

 

DS was dx with a peanut allergy (among others) at 10 mos, confirmed with additional testing at 15 mos and again at 2.5 yrs. They (pediatric allergist) told us to avoid all nuts for him, which we have. He's 4 now. He was also reacting to sunflowerseed during that time, but now tolerates sunflowerseed oil. (Haven't tried him on the seed directly since I witnessed a reaction to sunflower seed butter at 1.5 yrs.)

 

We don't keep a nut free house. We do have a jar of peanut butter that mainly DH eats. (I just recently started eating it again, and will probably stop quickly as I"m half-way through my second trimester.) We don't keep other nut foods in the house.

 

 

Do you have an epi-pen prescription?


DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

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My #1 kid has peanut and tree nut allergies.  My baby is 3 months old. When I asked our allergist about if I should avoid, he (as the above person mentioned) said the research isn't clear. We keep a nut free house anyway but I wanted to know about when I was out without DS.

 

You are doing the best you can!  You didn't cause this!

 

Have Epi pens, be ready with a FAAP and enjoy those kids!

 

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yes the 4 yr old is allergic to peanuts too and i never imagined the 2 yr old would be too! 

 

always have the epipen and benadryl!

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Hi
I just googled two children with nut allergies and landed here!
I've a four year old who got diagnosed at two years old. Had pens etc
Since his diagnoses our house and all in it are but free. Today my 10 month old was diagnosed with nut allergy! Devasted but must get on with it:)
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We discovered DS1's allergy to peanuts when I was 37 weeks pregnant with DS2.  He has multiple food allergies.  We kept our eyes open re DS2 just-in-case, and he has multiple food allergies as well.  I, too, ate plenty of some of the allergens, but none that I can recall of others.

 

We didn't have an allergen-free home throughout their childhoods, but after they started living away they asked for it so that there could be one place they're able to relax completely.  What I wish we *had* done was give them more practice preparing food with an assumption of contaminated surfaces.  They knew the cooking part, but they also knew DH and I were scrupulous about cleaning allergens, and that turned out to be an oversight.  Even if you don't have allergens in your home, I'd recommend a "drill" where your children get comfortable cooking among allergens (or pretending to) to avoid cross-contamination (if they are medically able to be in the same room, of course).  By that, I mean cleaning practices and avoidance of contact, not intentional exposure.

 

They are 22 and 19 now, living on their own (one has an apartment, one lives on campus but not on a meal plan).  DS1 used to house-share but has his own place now, he is a lot more comfortable not sharing a kitchen.  DS2 shares a suite kitchen and is in a similar setup with even fewer suite-mates next year.  He cooks hot meals but feels somewhat restricted because the current kitchen really has a lot going on; he's getting by, though, and feels very well-treated by the school, and next year looks better.  Both dining halls were willing to accommodate them, but they have such a long list of foods to avoid and also know how hectic a large-scale kitchen can be, and they opted out of that.

 

Epinephrine and Benadryl are their constant companions.  They've also got MedicAlert tags.  They have experienced stress and anxiety about this, but they are handling it capably, have understanding friends, and are happy, successful young men.


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