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Chickpea allergy or Imagination - (Read 3,240 Times)
 
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 8th, 2010 at 04:28 pm

My 3 1/2 year old is allergic to peanuts (reaction, plus positive rast and spt). She is not a highly-atopic child in other senses. She's never had eczema or asthma. She skin prick tests positive to pecans as well, but is negative on rast. We avoid. She had one reaction peanuts to peanuts when she was exactly two years old, so virtually a year and a half ago. The reaction was a hive above her lip and an itchy, slightly pink eye. We took her to ER to monitor, since I know not to play around, and it resolved on it's own within an hour and a half (the hive was gone almost immediately, but the eye stayed itchy for the hour and a half) without any medication, including benadryl.

The reason for the backstory is this: she hasn't had a reaction since that day. At 3 1/2, I kinda doubt she remembers what it felt like, especially since it didn't bother her at all and was thus not traumatic, but she knows that peanuts will make her sick and she's read the Alexander books about a trillion times. She knows that peanuts will give her a rash, and that she could throw up, and that we carry epipens, etc.

The other day she asked if she could try some hummus that I was eating. I had called and verified it was safe (it was Tribe brand), and she tried it cheerfully. It was red pepper hummus and I didn't expect her to like it because she is a 3 1/2 year old who doesn't like a lot of flavour. She's had chickpeas before, but not for a couple of years (she didn't like the look of 'em). She tried it and said it was not bad. I saw no hives or evidence of reaction. She tried it again the next time I was eating it and said, "not bad, but I don't really like it". Today, I was eating it and she told me she didn't want to eat it because it makes her mouth ouchy like peanuts. Now, the first time I let her try it, I know I asked if her mouth felt funny or anything, and she said, "no" so I'm wondering if it actually hurts and I should be concerned, or if I planted the seed of doubt in her mind, and she was telling me it made her mouth ouchy so I wouldn't give her any with her carrots today. I asked her what it felt like and she said "a strawberry" which she eats all the time with no issue, and when I asked what a strawberry feels like, she invented a word, "mukaka" so I'm leaning toward her just being silly. I'm going to avoid it with her and ask the allergist when we see him in August, but I wanted your thoughts.

She eats no nuts peabutter all the time, but I don't think that's chickpeas. I don't actually know what the heck kinda pea that stuff is made from.

And for the record, she has used "it has peanuts in it" to get out of eating stuff she doesn't want to eat. And last time I checked, there was no chance of peanuts being in my homemade pasta sauce, and definitely no peanuts in steamed cauliflower. Smiley
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 8th, 2010 at 05:02 pm

Possible. They are in the same family. My DD is class 6 to peanuts, and she eats chick peas without problems in stews and soups.

My DD reacted to Tribe Hummus this April. In May she was tested for and we found out she is allergic to sesame seeds (class 5!) and garlic (class 3). Both ingredients in Tribe Hummus.
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 8th, 2010 at 05:09 pm

Hmm. Well, she's definitely not allergic to sesame or garlic. She eats those things all the time. Especially sesame.
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 8th, 2010 at 06:03 pm

When something has extra spice in it (say black pepper, for example) my DD says it makes her tongue itchy. She's just describing the odd sensation of spiciness and doesn't know what else to call it. Hopefully it's a similar thing with your DD. Some hummus I've had can be spicy. Kids' tongues are especially sensitive to spice.
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 9th, 2010 at 03:26 pm

We don't eat most beans (dd can tolerate green string and yellow wax beans as well as mung bean sprouts). She was tolerating peas (she refused to eat them but could eat the frozen mixed vegetables that can in the same bag. She started to complain about them and not eat the veggies either so we have the allergist test on her next visit and sure enough, she is allergic! She was so thrilled to have her feelings validated Smiley

We manage just fine without the beans.
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dd-allergic to egg,milk, peanut, tree nuts, most legumes, penicillin, well controlled asthma
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 9th, 2010 at 06:00 pm

Chickpeas are pretty closely related to peanuts--might be worth asking her allergist for testing and/or an in-office challenge?
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 9th, 2010 at 01:39 am

Treatment for bean allergy:

# Avoid contact with the allergen, adrenaline injection if anaphylactic reaction occurs, antihistamines, bronchodilators for asthmatic symptoms
# The central concept of management of food allergy is allergen avoidance. When this is not possible or inadvertent allergen exposure occurs, treatment depends on the nature and severity of the reaction. Treatments include:

* Dietary modification and allergen avoidance - with education of children, parents and carers.
* No treatment - if symptoms are mild and self-limiting
* Antihistamines - Useful for allergic rhinitis and some allergy mediated skin conditions. Not helpful in asthma except for mild seasonal asthma where allergy may be a precipitant.

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