Category Archives: Peanut Allergy

Peanuts & Chickpeas

While my son has a peanut allergy, he passed a food challenge to peas about 6 months ago and continues to do well with them.   In addition to that, he has been eating chickpeas (at times) since then too.  However, I know that this is not always the case.   The following article discusses this topic.   Check it out and smile on with us this Friday…

 

Will a Peanut-Allergic Child Also React to Chickpeas

Source: http://allergicliving.com/

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Hope on the Horizon for Those with Peanut Allergy

Even though the statistics tell us that my son is less likely to outgrow his peanut and tree nut allergies, the following article gives us hope that anything is possible.   Check it out and smile on with us this weekend…

Hope on the Horizon for Those with Peanut Allergy

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-blog/

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Smiling on peanut free for now…

Breakthrough Food Allergy Therapies

The following article explains two breakthrough therapies for food allergies. While it brings great hope for the future, the financial aspect is once again concerning.   However, we smile on in faith and wanted to share about these emerging therapies…

http://snacksafely.com/2015/10/breakthrough-food-allergy-therapies-and-the-big-business-behind-them/

Source: http://snacksafely.com/

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‘Peanut Patch’ Heads to Phase III Trials

Check out the following article regarding the “Peanut Patch” and smile on with us to an even more hopeful future…

“This is the first specific therapy for food allergy to be approved to enter a Phase III trial, which is the final phase before consideration by the FDA for approval in the market.”

Full Article Source: ‘Peanut Patch’ Heads to Phase III Trials


For more information regarding this “Peanut Patch,” click here.

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Peanut Components (A Post in Progress) – UPDATED September 15, 2015

Here is another great resource about understanding peanut components and how they relate to risks and reactions.

Positive Peanut Components

(Source: http://www.aaaai.org/home.aspx)

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Source: Peanut Components (A Post in Progress) – UPDATED September 7, 2015

Follow-up on the LEAP Study – Q&A with FARE CEO James R. Baker, Jr., MD

“American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses New Guidance on Early Peanut Introduction

New Study: Peanut Study/Article

Source: Follow-up on the LEAP Study – Q&A with FARE CEO James R. Baker, Jr., MD

Peanut Components (A Post in Progress) – UPDATED September 7, 2015

Source: Peanut Components (A Post in Progress)

To add to this post, here is a very informative article by Dr. Sharma where he discusses blood work results and likelihood of allergies.  What a confusing world of food allergies! However, I wanted to share this information so we smile on…

Do Blood Test Results Show Allergy Likelihood?

Tbt- Peanut Butter Kisses

Like I have mentioned before, I am a natural worrier. I over-think, over-analyze, over-everything when it comes to almost everything in life. Therefore, when taking on motherhood I did the same. However, since I did not understand food allergies and that TJ was considered ” high-risk” for having them since his father has some and a history of others, I did not over-think what I ate from months 1-5. Tj was growing and gaining nicely so the fact that he frequently spit up was not a concern to his his doctor or us. I was breastfeeding and always hungry and thirsty. So, I took advantage and ate whatever and whenever. Many times that meant eating my meals while holding or breastfeeding TJ. Scary thought now that I look back to some of my favorite, frequent meals:


BREAKFAST: Honey Bunches of Oats with cow’s milk

LUNCH: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches

DINNER: Pizza


Looking back, I cannot believe how lucky we were.   I especially remember one afternoon after I had just ate a peanut butter and banana sandwich in the kitchen as TJ sat in his bouncer.   It was September or October so TJ was 4-5 months old.   This was right before he started to have random hive outbreaks.   After devouring my sandwich, I could not help his cuteness so I kissed him up.  I kissed his face, cheeks and head a bunch of times.   Then, strangely enough, I had a random worry.   “What if TJ is allergic to peanuts? Could he have a reaction?”

At the time, he was due for a nap.   I was panicked.   I really have no clue as to where this fear came from because I had eaten peanut butter about 3 times a week since he was born, many times while he was right by or on me.   Since I believe in signs, I think that voice in my head was God telling me to be careful.

I contacted my sister who is a nurse and my go-to person for health concerns.   I asked her for her thoughts about it all.   She made me feel better, but also told me that maybe I shouldn’t kiss him right after eating peanut butter until we know he can eat it. Because I wanted to watch him for a bit, I kept him up from his nap longer than normal.  He had no reaction at all; however, I never ate peanut butter around him again. Although I had no idea whatsoever about any of his food allergies at that point, I stopped eating peanut butter until he was napping. Somehow I knew what was in the near future for us and once again my mother’s intuition kicked in right when I needed it.

In December, after we learned of all of TJ’s allergies including a peanut allergy, I completely stopped eating peanuts and everything else he was allergic to to continue breastfeeding.   In June, when he was 13.5 months, I stopped breastfeeding since he could drink soy.   While I started to eat most of the foods again, I still continue to be tree nut and peanut free.   In addition to this, I limit my dairy intake, only drinking creamer in my morning coffee before he wakes and cheese on a turkey burger or pizza after he goes to bed at night. Even though I take this precautions for TJ’s safety, I do also make sure to brush my teeth always before kissing him.   We also ask everyone who is with TJ, (friends, family, daycare, etc.) to not kiss him on the face or lips if they have just eaten and especially if they have not brushed their teeth.

I struggle with this because I know TJ deserves a million kisses every day and trust me, I want to be able to give him everything in life. However, right now, this is what we must do to ensure his safety, his health, his life.   He is still too little to speak and therefore, it is even more critical.   We show TJ love in soooo many other ways in addition to giving him lots of hugs. And of course we kiss him, when we know it is truly safe to do so.

Today as I look back to those early months, I am so beyond thankful that despite my lack of knowledge, TJ was always safe.   Because TJ is one of the happiest little guys I have ever met despite all of his limitations, I feel extra blessed and smile on…


Here is an informational article about the peanut allergy and kissing.   It is definitely worth the read.  Please check it out.

KISSING & THE PEANUT ALLERGY

Peanut Components (A Post in Progress)

During this last round of blood work, we had the components of peanuts and dairy tested.   It had been recommended that we test for these plus the components of egg by the other allergist we saw a couple times.   With this information, we could learn of the severity and likelihood of outgrowing.  (Although regardless of medical information, we have faith TJ will outgrow all of these.  However, it may just take longer than others.)

While I am still waiting to hear back from the doctor who originally asked for us to have this done, I will post  now what I do know about the results.  Then, as I find out more, I will add to this post. (Once again, I am no doctor.  Instead, I am sharing information as it is presented to me and how it is related to TJ.)

 PEANUT LEVELS:

In December: 6.3

In April: 4.5

(Now) in August: 4.22


The protein breakdown (of the peanut proteins that were tested) is as follows:

ARA H1 protein – TJ tested at a 0.36 – CLASS I

ARA H2 protein – tested at a 1.96- CLASS III

ARA H3 protein – tested at a 0.21 – CLASS 0/I

ARA H8 protein – tested at <0.10

ARA H9 protein – tested at <0.10


INFORMATION FROM THIS BREAKDOWN:

  • The H2 component of peanut is the anaphylactic protein.   Therefore, because TJ is highly positive (class III) to H2, he is at a higher risk for an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts.  However, it does not mean that he will definitely have anaphylaxis.

 

As we continue to learn more about this world of food allergies and receive excellent guidance, we smile on …