Ds's friend is allergic to all fruit?

(108 Posts)
Frontier Thu 28-Aug-14 16:21:58

Really? I've offered them strawberries. If he's really allergic, I'll offer something else (have already offered alternative fruit). Uf it's just that he doesn't fancy what's on offer he can go without!

Mum has never mentioned it but he is 14!

MrsWinnibago Thu 28-Aug-14 16:23:31

Yes really. My nephew is the same. It's something inside the fruit...I can't remember what it's called though.

BarbarianMum Thu 28-Aug-14 16:26:25

There is such a thing as oral allergy syndrome, when people with pollen allergies get cross reactions to a vast array of fruit/vegetables. They get tingling mouths and their lips and tongues can swell. Quite unpleasant.

But it is more likely he's trying it on in the hope of a biscuit so i would just say 'what a shame' and offer him a drink of water

Mrsjayy Thu 28-Aug-14 16:29:25

Little girl I know is allergic to most fruit and tomatoes its that oral allergic a pp said

coppertop Thu 28-Aug-14 16:29:39

I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. Far better to have the wool pulled over your eyes than a child with an allergic reaction.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Thu 28-Aug-14 16:31:10

It is possible. Either offer him something else or don't. Whether he is truly allergic or not if you give him fruit he won't eat it either way.
But I would never risk forcing the issue in case he really is allergic.

ginnybag Thu 28-Aug-14 16:31:39

Has he got a possible problem with Fructose?

It's the natural sugar found in fruit, and it's entirely possible.

I wouldn't be inclined to chance it, because if you're wrong, and he really is, it could be quite serious.

Solo Thu 28-Aug-14 16:35:21

Yes, I know someone who was allergic to the fructose in fruit and spent a very long childhood ill in hospital because of it.

Lots of fruit contains salicylates, it may be that.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Thu 28-Aug-14 16:36:31

Are you serious here? Why would you insist a 14 year old boy with an assumed allergy eat fruit on your say so? What is there to gain?

Frontier Thu 28-Aug-14 16:36:34

I'm not going to try and make him eat it!! I'm just reluctant to get the biscuits out because (younger)e ds2 is terrible at meal times if he's had anything other than a small fruit snack. I can't offer one and not the rest of them, can I?

Solo Thu 28-Aug-14 16:36:36

Grew out of it eventually.

DoJo Thu 28-Aug-14 16:39:11

But why would you have to get the biscuits out? Just say 'that's a shame' and move on - he won't die without a snack!

sunnyrosegarden Thu 28-Aug-14 16:44:13

I have the tree pollen thing. I can't eat oranges, and can have a reaction to any tree fruit, although it is worse with ripe tree fruit.

He doesn't need a snack. Or offer a piece of bread.

Frontier Thu 28-Aug-14 16:45:19

That's what I have done Dojo. It just didnt feel quite right. if it was a friend of mine Id try to find something they could have, to be a good host. I find the extqutte if hosting almost adults quite tricky!

Mrsjayy Thu 28-Aug-14 16:46:02

Im allergic to kiwi because I am allergic to latex it has a natural latex in it or something

parallax80 Thu 28-Aug-14 16:46:22

Toast?
Carrot sticks / cucumber / hummus?
Oatcake?

My mum is allergic to citric acid. All fruit including tomatoes. A squeeze of lemon juice would cause a massive reaction.

Newbiecrafter Thu 28-Aug-14 16:55:33

Why would you even question it?

Why are SO Many people so put out by people having allergies? Ok, so some try it on, but it doesn't make it any less real or serious or problematic for those that do suffer.

It was probably mentioned in a don't worry about x because he can't eat fruit to try and not put you out. Not because the person who told you wanted you to provide something else. Like a pp said, it's only a snack.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 28-Aug-14 16:57:18

Check with the parent. In my experience it is very common for young people to say they are allergic to something, when actually they just don't like it.

ArabellaTarantella Thu 28-Aug-14 16:59:18

My friend's son was allergic to salicylic acid which is found in all fruits.

ClairDeLoon Thu 28-Aug-14 17:02:08

My cousin is allergic to all fruits and vegetables with seeds inside. He can have peas, corn, onions, beans etc but not apples, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber and the like. It's really odd, and really tricky for him because a) nobody believes it and thinks he's just fussy and a PITA and b) he can't really eat out anywhere new because cucumber, tomato, peppers and things are hard to avoid.

snickers251 Thu 28-Aug-14 17:03:35

I'm the same and only discovered it in my twenties after routine allergy testing following an anaphylactic shock to nuts (hence the nickname)

I've never liked fruits so never ate them as long as I can remember .... Give me veg any day!

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 28-Aug-14 17:05:10

He's 14, offer him a bowl of pasta for pudding. He's probably still hungry grin

DeWee Thu 28-Aug-14 17:18:40

I know someone who is allergice to chlorophyll (is that the right-the green stuff in leaves etc) so can't have any green veg. he also can't mow the lawn apparently. grin

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