Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peanuts and Such

The allergist visit went well. Just in case others find the information helpful...

They didn't want to retest for Cole's peanut allergy just yet. The doc said that it would be more appropriate to test when Cole is 4 or 5 years old, because at that age the results from the blood test would indicate a little more accurately whether the peanut allergy is likely to stick around. It would also indicate whether it is appropriate to say that he's allergic to tree nuts or whether we just have to avoid them as a potential cross-reaction. So for now, keep doing what we're doing with avoiding peanuts and tree nuts, and we'll re-evaluate later.

I also asked about the peanut flour challenges that I've heard about. I know they're experimental and not done everywhere. They said that hopefully the challenges will be coming to UVa in a year or two and then we can look into that for treating Cole *out of* a peanut allergy.

For Cole's siblings, there is about a 50% chance that they will have allergies as well. So the approach is pretty much to proceed as we usually would and then just test if we notice allergic reactions. He did advise me to omit peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish (that one's easy because *I'm* allergic!) while nursing Emmett (if I am able to nurse), but that I shouldn't omit anything else. I thought that was interesting.


Kevin said...

I sometimes wonder if I eat more peanuts in the world than anyone? I get up in the morning and make toast and spread peanut butter on it. I make a peanut butter and jam sandwich and take it to work for lunch. I buy peanut butter cups from the candy machine, I get home and snack on honey-roasted peanuts while fixing a Thai dinner with peanut sauce. Then, while reading blogs and email, I eat peanuts in the shell. I don't often have desert, but when I do, it is often peanut butter ice-cream. How could I possibly be related to you?

Ali Foley Shenk said...

LOL Maybe you're actually related to Bob. He used to eat a TON of peanut butter and so when Cole was diagnosed, Bob went through a small period of mourning. lol