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Hi,

I have a 2 yr old boy and a 3 mth old girl. I am too scared to introduce peanuts to him because my sister has a very slight reaction to them (she is fine if it is on the food, she can just push them aside but can't eat them). I would prefer to know now if he is going to be allergic to them because he may come into contact with them and what if he has a reaction. He has been aorund peanuts, like peanut oil and peanut butter at grandmas but has never eaten them before.

My MCHN says to smear some peanut butter on his arm and see what happens but I am too scared even to do that. I am scared that he may have a severe reaction and that I won't be prepared. I know that anaphylactic(?) is rare but what if..........

From what I have said, do you think he may be allergic and also will it be safe with my 3 mth old around (I've heard that some people have reactions just being around a peanut with no direct contact at all). When I was pregnant with both I did not eat peanuts but I am not allergic to them, they just don't appeal to me.

How did you introduce peanuts and what happens when there is a reaction and how quickly will you know if there is one?

Thanks for helping.

Mum to Aidan 20 Jan 04 and Georgia 10 Nov 05

HI
I think it is extremely rare to get an anaphylactic reaction to something the first time a child is exposed to an allergen. Usually there is warning signs when exposed initially and anaphalaxis occurs only after a few exposures. He would be more likely to be allergic if you or your husband are also allergic (direct descendant) but thats not to say he couldn't be allergic. I would go with your clinic nurse and put some on his skin, if he is allergic you should see a localised reaction, as a rash or redness. You could then try a small bit on some bread. Look for any swelling around the lips or a rash forming, that would indicate an allergy.
Another way, you could talk to your Dr about your fears and an allergy test, where the skin is pricked by various allergens can be performed, I don't know much about these test, possible there is a minimum age or special circumstances before bubs qualifies.
Goodluck

Jeninne, WA, Bradyn 24/11/04, #2 Ryan 01/12/06

Hi sausi, my DH is anaphylactic to nuts. I was told to try a bit of peanut butter in the small of back but didn't want to do this. Of my 5 kids only one seems to have inherited the allergy, but she is also the one that I had chickenpox while pregnant. There is a blood test that can be done and it may be easier to achieve than getting in to see a specialist for a skin pr!ck test. There are so few around.

www.allergy.org.au

This site may actually give you more information than you want to know, but at the moment you seem to be stressing out about something you can't control. You need to get yourself settled and if that means testing then I'm sure your GP would be the one to talk to about a referral.

Godd luck, I hope you find peace of mind.

Robynne-69 DH-61 DS1-94 DD1-96 DS2-99 DS3&DD2-04

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