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By mcgee on Wed, 02-09-11, 16:42

I just joined the forum and I wanted to share my son's first reaction to peanut butter with everyone in case they have a child who has the same thing happen. My mom made some PB balls for him and his sister (he is 15 months old). Upon eating about half to 3/4 of the ball, he let out a long sigh, and sort of went limp in his high chair. My mom couldnt get him to wake up. It is very unusual for him to fall asleep like that, he is not a good sleeper or napper, so she completely freaked out. She gave him a small dose of Benadryl, and after about 20 seconds, he snapped out of it and woke right up. Very strange. I told the doctor about this and she didn't seem to believe me until she did the skin test and he had a reaction to the peanut one. I guess not everyone will either gasp for air or break out in hives. he just sort of drifted off....very scary....

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By jennifersargent on Wed, 02-09-11, 21:14

Second reaction is supposed to be worse. Did he swell at all? Happy for you if he didn't. Maybe his throat did?

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By mcgee on Wed, 02-09-11, 21:44

She said he felt hot and skin flushed. I would think if his throat swelled he would be breathing heavily or something noticeable? Scary stuff...

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By cervonil on Fri, 02-11-11, 21:40

oh my gosh, that is horrible! my son has had 2 reactions from ingestion and he never had a drop of external swelling. But did start clearing his throat and coughing and wheezing. Thanks God she thought to give him benadryl!

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By jennifersargent on Sat, 02-12-11, 13:27

Everyone's severity is different. I think I would like to trade both of you. Thay is very severe in his allergy. 20 minutes with benedryl as soon as the first hive appeared and we were at the hospital losing airway and I couldn't tell it was him... Ears swollen and closed. Eyes swollen shut. His tongue was so swollen he had it stuck out. He didn't eat peanut butter. He was touched by a hand that had been wiped with a wipe that had been eating chips cooked in 30% peanut oil...
I would suggest to everyone to get the blood test for a severity level and they can test more accurate the level. Thay is over severe. He is my fourth child. Oldest was allergic to egg but outgrew it. Two middle no severe allergies.. Now Thay. We have modified the house. Our issues is the outside world.. Soccer practices for the eight year old. Local park which you can see from my house. Places they or you want to go but are not safe...
Now the issue it the oldest had a reaction during soccer practice at college. Hives and all but the training staff didn't react correctly.. Sent her to the bathroom alone to wash her face and neck with cool water... (First marrage oldest is 18.)

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By wehatepeanuts on Tue, 02-15-11, 22:00

I just have a question as to why you introduced the PB so early? I know some Drs say18Mo now, but they are crazy!!!.Many say at least 2, and many still say if you introduce after age 3 they probably would never ever have the allergy...Wish I knew that beforehand...PLease let everyoen you know to stop introducing PB too early

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By jennifersargent on Tue, 02-15-11, 22:48

I think they were already allergic. I don't think that introducing a peanut butter sandwich suddenly makes you allergic..

I had given my son other items on his allergic list ever... Yet, his blood test came back positive for those... Shrimp/Shell fish at nine months?

Those with older children might give it at eighteen months when feeding the older kids peanut butter.

My oldest outgrew her allergy to egg by four..

My second one is allergic to perfumes and lotions but no food.

I know my now four year old (third child) had a peanut butter sandwich at about two but had snagged a peanut butter cracker while the older ones were snacking, or a bite of his dad's old favorite frozen snickers at an early age. He is slightly allergic to soy and some chocolates.

My youngest is the severely allergic one.. Don't know what allergic is till you get a severly allergic one... My opinion. I could handle hives and iching. Even a breakout... My baby lost his airway in twenty minutes with benedryl... That was a touch. No ingestion.. Slight amount only...

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By chelle.tovar on Wed, 02-16-11, 02:03

Holy cow! That is absolutely terrifying! I am curious what his allergist thinks about this. Seems like that is really rare, even unheard of. I can't even imagine how much his PA must consume your life. Seems like a huge task. I'm just shocked.

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By mcgee on Wed, 02-16-11, 02:16

I have read it is ok to introduce PB to them after a year of age -unless there is a family history of these allergies, which neither me nor my husband have. My daughter is 6 and has no allergies whatsoever, so to me, giving him some PB at 15 months didn't seem like a big deal, especially since he had already had a little of it in small bites of other foods that contain peanut and had no reaction that I could see. I think honestly it might be the luck of the draw. My husband does have asthma, but no food allergies on either side. I have seen studies leaning in both directions--some saying that not introducing them makes it more likely and others saying the opposite -to wait. We also can't put our babies in a bubble!! I was breastfeeding him as well so even before introducing PB he was already being exposed to peanut protein in the breastmilk, because I ate peanut products and even PB. I think it's probably something in our genetic makeup :-(

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By cervonil on Wed, 02-16-11, 12:39

A recent article in the New Yorker just said that introducing allergic foods earlier may prevent food allergies. It is so frustrating that there is so much conflicting information. I think our ped said after a year if no family history, but he hated the smell so he never had any until by accident.

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By jennifersargent on Wed, 02-16-11, 16:47

I took care of three of my friends children and our four. One of my friend's kid was allergic to milk so had one modified diet I was preparing for. That was easy compared to peanut.. I balanced a niece, 9, living with us Sunday-Friday too. The girls 17 and 7 were both in multiple activities which included travel soccer for the oldest. Travel out of town about twice a month including plane/hotel stays. My husband was out of town about two weeks at a time, home for a weekend, and gone again but we did fine.
Severe PA is more work. You feel mean sometimes. You feel like you are short changing your other children because they can't go to the park down the street when you/they want to. You have to wait for it to cool enough for the youngest to wear gloves and long sleeves. You have to ask everyone on their soccer team to not bring peanut items to the practice or game fields which has to include items because they don't read labels. You have to search out hotels and other places that are safe for your family to use. You have to educate everyone that might come into your home including all your otrher children's friends in hope that they will adhear to your requests and still want to come over....
My other children are troopers... They educate and communicate and are major advocates for allergies. Maybe he is severe but I think that the government and schools should have been more active in the education process. You know Taryn has had three children in her class with allergies and not once did we get any information from the school or the parent to educate... Sad..
Remove p&j off the menu at school. Not hard. And it would make school sooooo much safer... I am very lucky.. College ed. in early and el. ed. - husband that provides well for us. What about the child who has to go to school for the family to make it... Katelyn Carlson's story makes angry. That doesn't even take into account the social loss from not going.. Three older siblings get to go and you have to be home schooled... Ahhhh -Makes Me Mad...
I am meeting with the park board this month to try to get them to change a local park to food/beverage free. Trying to change things.. I just wrote the Dept. of Ed. ORC unit which is suppose to protect our children a letter in hopes they will take on our children's needs. Trying... Only way is to educate... Hope to do what I can...

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By wehatepeanuts on Fri, 02-18-11, 03:31

McGee, I hear ya..Forgot all about the breastfeeding, and there are so many conflicting thoughts ..Drs go back and forth...Ive only read waiting is better..Cause when they are older there immune system may handle it better..I actually wish I would have waited with our daughter, but I never read the info on it till after..
Best of luck! I am having quite a hard time accepting it.Its easy now to control what she eats, but I still think it will be horrible later on when dating, and going out with friends kicks in..I will always be constantly worried..Im a worrier anyway, so this will always make my worrying worse..

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By SpiritedLady on Fri, 02-18-11, 18:53

Hello Everyone,

When I first joined this website, I was 62 and having unusual reactions to my peanut allergy. Now I am 63 For years, I had all the usual reactions that are listed on this site and others. I have been allergic to peanuts and their by-products since birth. Now, however, everything has changed and the change is very scary. My reaction, now, is getting a scratchy feeling on the back of my tongue, feeling very lethargic; sometime I don't have enough energy to sit straight up in a chair and them the worse of my new symptoms occur...violent,uncontrollable body shaking and slurred speech. I look like I am having a seizure, but I am not. I aware of most of what is going on around me and I can answer questions to some extent; I can hear people speaking. When it is over, I remember bits and parts. I use my epi-pen and the shakes will calm down and almost stop, but then they start up again. When the paramedics arrive (went to ER 4 times with in a 12 month period), they have no idea what to do with me, so they give me benadryl which eventually calms me down. When I get to ER, I am asked a catrillion questions because they don't know what the dickens is going on, either. ER waits for me to stabilize before sending me home with benadryl and prenazone(sp). Now I am going to specialists AGAIN who are going to tell me what they did last year..."what you have are not symptoms of an allergic reaction to peanuts." I ALREADY KNOW THAT! Then I am given a prescription for Allegra and told call this if this happens again...I cannot put the words on this page that came to my mind after hearing this and being brushed off!

This time I am going to ANOTHER ALLERGIST, a Neurologist, and an Endocrinologist, I am on another drug that I refer to as Allegra's sister because I can't remember the name of it. My personal physician tells me that the uncontrollable shaking is not affecting my brain based on his experience as a physician for ten years......and I told him, what is going with me is a mystery to everyone including him, so how can he be sure of that... Now, I am worried that the new prognosis will be that this is all in my mind. Oh, one more thing, three of my last reactions were triggered by being in the same room with people who where eating peanuts. In one case someone was eating Asian food with peanuts. On another occasion, I was in the school hall (I am a teacher) and I smelled them in the hallway. The last occasion, people in the meeting with me were eating miniature Snickers bars and small Reece's peanut cups. I am so frustrated, so very frustrated; however, I will not stop trying to help myself. I am sorry for venting here, but I am hoping that anyone who reads this will understand what I am going through and say a prayer for me. Perhaps, what I am experiencing may help someone else know that they are not alone.

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By MomX3 on Tue, 04-12-11, 23:46

As some of you have described, symptoms of anaphylaxis can be lethargy, hypotonia or even seizures. 20% do not have a skin reaction. IMHO, any sudden symptom or change in a person with severe allergies and history of anaphylaxis calls for emergency treatment.

My 20 year old son has severe PA (and soy, tree nuts, etc.) and just had a serious reaction, 5 1/2 years since his last bad reaction. He hadn't eaten anything all day and started itching in the middle of a class, then had tingling in his tongue, swollen lips, etc. He took 50mg of liquid Benadryl, a few minutes later took 100 mg of Benadryl and used an epi-pen, then arrived at an ER in about 10 minutes. His airway was closing, but, gratefuly, he responded to more epinephrine; IV benadryl and solumedrol were given, plus an SVN with albuterol. He had racemic epinephrine, delivered via nebulizer, which gave dramatic relief. We had never heard of this before; it is used in children who have croup and other conditions causing swollen airways.This was given at a large Level I trauma center and teaching hospital,
University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ (where Gabby Giffords and other shooting victims were treated).
This form of epinephrine is not commercially available (otherwise we would get it as fast as we could).
We are so thankful and relieved that he recovered, but at the same time are in shock that he responded to an unseen trace of an allergen, presumed to be a peanut product. He could have picked this up from hugging another student, from his chair or other surface. He is extremely careful about what he eats, yet it is terrifying to be reminded of how vulnerable he is.

Does anyone know how the high school student in Phoenix is doing, after going into a coma when she ate cereal that had a peanut product in it?

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By Jaydy11 on Sun, 09-18-11, 21:51

That's strange you mention that.. TRACES of peanuts cause me to do that!! How weird is that thought, peanuts / the smell cause my throat and bronchial tube to swell up causing anaphylaxis. But traces cause me to become completely lethargic and out of it. I become so lethargic that I cannot walk, and I feel so foggy that I can barely speak. This happened twice, once we thought it was a seizure since I was on the phone with a friend (after eating a chocolate bunny for easter with possible traces of peanuts) and all the sudden became very lethargic and couldn't concentrate or speak right. My friend stated I didn't talk for awhile even when she was yelling at me. I had to go through EEGs to check for seizures even, since I was out of it I didn't know what happened. Then it happened after one bite of my first cinnabon. Anyways, I'm talking a lot here!

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