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Beware of Peanut Allergies in Infants and Toddlers

Published on Jan 14, 2011 with 41 comments

Most allergists practicing for more than a decade have observed that the age of presentation of peanut allergy in infants is getting earlier and earlier. A recent article published in Pediatrics has proven that this is the case.

In 1995, the median ages of first peanut reaction was 24 months. Of those infants born after July, 2000 presenting to a major university allergy department, the median age of first peanut reaction was 14 months! The decline in the age of first peanut reaction seems to be attributable to earlier exposure. It is interesting to note that this study found that most patients (68%) who were peanut allergic demonstrated sensitization or clinical allergy to other foods (53% to eggs, 26% to cow’s milk, 20% to tree nuts, 11% to fish, 9% to shellfish, 7% to soy, 6% to wheat, and 6% to sesame seeds).

Peanut allergy represents one of the most potentially serious allergies in childhood. Do not introduce peanuts prior to three years of age. And, consult an allergist if you suspect a peanut allergy in your child.
Source:  PEDIATRICS Vol. 120 No. 6 December 2007, pp. 1304-1310(doi:10.1542/peds.2007-0350)


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By Myles on 2013 08 24

Hi Julie. I think each child is different in terms of how sviistnee they are, and how strongly they’ll react. And, to make things more confusing, this could change over time. My son won’t risk feeling the way he does when he has ingested artificial food dyes so he avoids it 100%. He also has very sviistnee skin so we’ve always used personal products like bubble bath and shampoos without dyes so I’m not sure how he’d react. You could remove them completely and then try something, like the bubble bath and nothing else for a few days, to see if there’s a reaction. Or go cold-turkey, like we did, if his reactions are strong enough. I hope that helps!

By Randa on 2013 08 25

I just found your blog tonight, but will definitely be a frequent follower now! Thank you so much for this post. I cried as I read it, but that’s not a bad thing. My daughter’s milk allergy was diagnosed 8 months ago just after her 3rd birthday. I haven’t struggled too much with guilt in terms of my causing it, but rather guilt over how could I not have seen it sooner. In retrospect it is so blatantly obvious, but then there were so many other factors. She had been premature and had to be on the vent and so many things we just attributed to her prematurity. It wasn’t until we got a new pulmnologist who agreed that there was a deeper issue that we were missing and that upping her steroids (which was almost at an adult dose and still not working and our previous MD’s answer for everything) was not the solution. I wish I had realized sooner as once milk was removed from her diet, her asthma is completely gone. It’s hard to let go and not blame myself for not seeing it earlier.Your post was a good reminder for me; my daughter does not see it as missing something, she gets that she feels better; she just wants to be able to have fun and do the same things as her friends. I have the emotional reaction to her allergy; she doesn’t. She just matter of factly asks, “Does it have milk? I’m allergic you know” anytime she is offered food. She loves the Bugabee Friends with Food Allergies book and thinks it’s so cool that she is a “Bugabee.”  Keeping it positive is so important. home insurance quotes cheapest auto insurance massachusetts

By Bayle on 2013 08 28

Hi, just one more terrifying incident, after my four year old granddaughter, ate a small piece of Red velvet Duncan Hines cake. First incident was, she fell of the chair, right after she finished it, and we put it down to being tired or just try to get off the wrong way, but my uncle noticed it was very unusual fall, like thrown down from the middle of the chair.Next one , she was having a small piece of the same cake ,packed in her lunch at school, the teacher found her on the floor with her tongue swollen, and just hanging out of her mouth, eys shutt closed, and they could not wake her up.This terrified phone call came from her school, and my daughter almost had a heart attack on the way to school, she is the youngest of her four daughters.They rushed her to emergency where she was given the epi pen, and some anty allergy medicine, so after a few hours she was give a popcikle and by pressing down on her tounge, the swelling subsided, and thank God she has recovered.After many tests it was established she reacted to R E D# 40, color in the Duncan Hines mix., red velvet.It was a very scary experience for the whole family, and we hope it will never happened, again, to anyone.So , please informe all your readers, and warning should be on all the labels, or better , yet, all chemical coloring , should be removed from human consumption, as is band long time ago in Europe and UK.I talked to Duncan Hines co., and they assured me , they will remove the Red # 40, and I did suggest to use natural red color from beets, or purple kale.. life insurance illinois mutual homeowner’s insurance

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