If one of the reasons that you don't vax

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If one of the reasons that you don't vax
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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 12:56pm
is because no one can predict how a child will react to certain vaxs, do you also have your children avoid peanuts and shellfish due to the high rate of allergies to these foods? Or, do you have them tested first before eating these foods?

Lucky

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Sat, 05-17-2003 - 4:28pm
Christine and Lucky, Thanks for giving your experiences! Had I felt there was some great risk of peanut allergy, I would also have avoided it, but I didn't. (and with my dd, that pb&j on ww was my afternoon snack almost daily, lol! You know, after lunch but before the trip across the street to Baskin Robbins;) What can I say; I worked downtown and was tempted, lol!)

I have never had any allergies, per se, except for a moderate intolerance of dairy. Same for ds. DH has occaisionally severe seasonal allergies (some yrs none, some so bad he is debilitated with running eyes/nose) but it never really influenced my ideas on the matter.

Kimberly
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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 3:17pm
I didn't post to this before, because I DO vax...but I will say this, just because I want to ;-). DH (and kids bio father, just to be clear), is violently allergic to shellfish, beestings, and somewhat allergic to various and sundry airborne allergens...also, for about 2 years only, he was dramatically allergic to strawberries, but that went away on it's own. I have some cat and pollen and mildew allergies...nothing terrible, but need the occasional claritin. So, how has this changed my actions re: my kids? Well, I worry a little, and monitor them with new foods, and breastfed them both (no formula ever, and started solids around 7 months). So far, so good, I'm happy to say, and I'm relieved. DS got bitten by a wasp last week, and that sent me into a minor worry-fit (are they like bees? or what?)...he got a topical dose of caladryl and a teaspoon of benadryl and some close watching, and he recovered fine.

Julie (with ds 5.5, no allergies, no vax reactions, rarely sick, and dd, 3.5, same story :)

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 9:47am
In recent years they have discovered that parents that have seasonal allergies (especially the moms) tend to have children that are MORE likely to react to foods than those children of non allergic parents. Seems that ANY allergy in the parent passes along a possible sensitivity to ANY allergy in the child. Their current recommendations for those moms with seasonal allergies is to not eat peanuts/peanut products while pregnant or nursing and to hold off on introducing them to the child until at least 3yo. For NON allergic moms, they still would rather no peanuts while preggo or nursing...but it's not as stressed, and introduction can be after 1yr.

Of course this all came out right around dd's birth so I ate PB&J's through most of my pregnancy. HOWEVER, since I have a very severe grass allergy I have stayed away from Peanut Butter since dd's birth (we are still nursing part time at 21mo) and dd will not have any peanut products until she is 3yo. As of yet she hasn't reacted to any foods other than a teriyaki basting sauce one time...BUT delaying exposure to peanut butter is such a small thing to do that I would rather be safe than sorry.

Although I have to tell you.....I SOOOOO want a Reeses Pieces Blizzard in the worst way at times :-).

HTH

Christine

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 8:11pm
Kimberly,

I was afraid of peanuts because I started hearing more about allergies and shock. With regard to vaccines, I never even considered it dangerous. I did wonder how he would feel afterward and the pediatrician had a policy of calling after the vaccines. Michael always did fine so I never even gave it a second thought. However, I have never known anyone who had a vaccine reaction so, of course, there was no fear. I do know several folks with peanut, strawberry and bee sting allergies. Oh, and shellfish. Yes, I feared those, too, for my son. But, since I was never exposed to anyone with even a STORY of a vaccine injury, it never even occurred to me that there WAS such a thing.

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 7:08pm
Lucky, did you have some reason to be terrified of allowing your child to eat peanuts for the first time? Just wondering if there is a history of such allergies in your family or if it was just due to the wider exposure this particular allergy has been getting the past few years. As for me, I was aware of it, and even aware that some advise avoiding peanuts while pg, but I ate tons of pb sandwiches while pg with my dd anyway, since 1. I liked them (craved them, actually, on ww:) and 2. I had no reason to suspect my child would have a particularly high risk of any allergy to them.

Also, I find it interesting that you had absolutely no fear of vaccines. absolutely NONE? Was this based on a lack of awareness of the possible risks or a refusal to think about them or a personal experience that reassurred you that nothing could happen to your child in this respect? Again, just curious, not critisizing.

It just strikes me as odd that one would be terrified of peanuts (or any other common food/activity) and yet completely oblivious to the risks, however small, of vaccinating a child for the first time!

I will add that before I vaccinated my son, I was cautious re' vaccines, but not afraid. Afterwards, (after his severe reaction, which got me to considering the issue in much more depth) I still wasn't afraid, just much more aware of the risks (to him in particular, esp.) and not willing to take the chance again!

Now, the one time I have approached "fear" (really just nagging worry) was wondring how he would react to his first bee sting! I myself had never been stung by a bee (wasps, yes!) and thought, "gee, he could be deathly allergic and we could not know it! What if.."

Turns out, he did fine (as did I that same year; we both got stung the same summer, turns out, lol!)

Anyway, speaking for myself, no, my awareness of the risks of vaccination does not translate into a fearful approach to life; I avoid the known and applicable risks I can, minimize those I cannot or choose not to avoid, and trust that, all in all, things work out fine a ridiculous percentage of the time, lol!

Of course, we all make choices regarding risks and benefits that are particular to us, and may or may not reflect the statistical risks/benefits involved for someone else or overall. (I, like most people, prefer to drive rather than to fly, though I "know" that flying is, overall, safer, lol! But then, I have never had an accident in EITHER mode, so...;)

Kimberly

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 7:32am
Now that's a very interesting point you made about the foods being genetically engineered. Quite worthy of further research, IMO~

Miki

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 6:11am
Maybe not, but here's another interesting theory I've read about allergenic foods...

A basic list of the common allergenic foods:

- peanuts

- wheat

- milk

- corn

- soy

- shellfish

Aside from the final food whose source of allergins may be simply be pollution, all the other foods are products that over the last 100 and especially in the last 50 years have been severely genetically manipulated (through selective breeding) for high yield and resistance. Some biologists propose that these foods are moving further and further away genetically from their original genetic makeup - and therefore, are very different from the peanuts, wheat, milk, corn and soy that humans have evolved with. They theorise that the body has difficulty recognising them and treats them as "invaders".

Of course no one can prove or disprove it but I think it's pretty interesting and worthy of consideration.



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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 11:43am
Now we wonder - has John gotten himself a new mamber name, or is this you, Dawn?!

And of course, allergies do not stem from vaccines, research in Germany has disproven that!

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 3:29am
Allergies are linked to vaccines http://www.whale.to/vaccines/allergies.htm
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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 1:36pm
"Nutrition bar" vs "energy bar" -- guess I should have been more specific. It really depends on which brand you buy -- I am not talking *diet* bars or candy bars, I meant *nutrition* bars. As usual, you gotta read the labels on everything you buy! Some of them marketed as energy bars are exactly that -- candy -- or, you are right -- full of caffeine.

Keeley

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