As I wrote on a previous blog, I had concerns that Owen may have an allergy to peanuts. My husband convinced me to test the PB on his skin before eating it and sure enough, he developed hives. So of course we decided not to go further and book an appointment with his GP.
After 5-6 skin retests (at home, spreading PB on my baby lol) he continued to break out into hives and I was convinced, my baby has allergies to Peanuts. Owen’s allergist appointment was a few days away and the urge took over to spread the PB on my baby’s skin again. And, no hives….??? I was left confused. First time, I tested mid back. Second time, behind each ear. The next day, one more time. No hive.
Fast forward a few days to yesterday’s Allergist appointment.
I’m happy to say with great relief that his tests for peanut allergies came back NEGATIVE!!!!
They were kind enough to also test for mixed tree nuts and also Strawberries which were also negative. The allergist did urge me strongly to start feeding him peanuts and tree nuts and to make sure he’s had regular amounts of the typical allergen foods by the time he reached One. Studies have now shown that the longer you wait, the odds of developing an allergy increases. Especially babies with Eczema, like Owen. In fact he urged me even more so to have it part of his regular diet to further ensure he doesn’t develop it. He said it was also important not to feed him allergen foods and then let a big gap go before giving it to him again since that can also increase his odds for an allergy.
So I did what I’ve been fearing – I fed Owen some peanut butter. Did he like it? Absolutely! Did he have any reactions? None!!! The allergist said if by half a dozen times he hasn’t reacted, the odds of him having any issues are slim to none. I’m so relieved. I know we’re not in the 100% clear – there’s no 100% gaurantees – but for now, I will take this little victory!
I didn’t know what to expect at the appointment. I read online some doctors will take blood to run tests and others get pricked by little needles on a board with different allergens. None of these things happened to Owen. The doctor simply used a lancet & pricked his skin where the tests needed to be done on his arms. He didn’t cry or react in any way – brave boy!
Here is a photo of the test. They have to do a Positive/Negative test along with the allergens to be sure that the test is working on the child’s skin. The + sign is Histamine which always turns positive. The – sign is Saline water so it will always be negative. And then the Arrow is the peanut. On the other arm, he put one for Strawberry & one for Tree nuts. As you can see, the one with the Histamine is the only one that developed hives & got red.
They told me they don’t routinely test for all allergens because they usually use this method to confirm one way or another after a child has already ingested foods that have given them issues. While this form of testing is accurate, it’s not as accurate as actually eating the foods. So, the Allergist urged me to stop rubbing food on my baby’s body and start feeding it to him!