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New here - daughter newly diagnosed with peanut allergy

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By AmandaP on Mon, 08-15-11, 12:19

I stumbled upon this website and it seems really helpful so I thought I'd sign up for the forums.
My daughter is 14 months old and had peanut butter for the first time on Saturday. Within 15 minutes, the hives started on her chin, jawline area. I gave her some bendadryl and then headed the hospital. By the time we got there, they had cleared up.
We waited about an hour and then finally were brought back to see a doctor. While waiting in the room, she broke out again (about 2 hours after the bendadryl was given) on her upper body.
They gave her some more meds and kept us for a while to watch her. The only advice they really gave us was to avoid peanuts. The doctor said that future reactions could be worse, so we now are to carry the epi pen every where. We see our regular family doctor next week for an immunization, so I'm going to ask her to send us for an allergy test or at least to speak with an allergist. I want to know exactly what we need to be avoiding.
I did some research online and 20% of kids outgrow a peanut allergy, so I'm really hoping my daughter does. No one in the family or extended family has a peanut allergy, so I really wasn't expecting this.
I'm experiencing some mommy guilt though. Maybe I didn't breastfeed long enough. Maybe I should've done some more research. Maybe I should've waited a few more months...
I'm just a little sad when I think about all the food items she may have to avoid for the rest of her life.
Anyway, thanks for reading if you got this far.

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By cervonil on Tue, 08-16-11, 16:31

yep, I know exactly how you feel. Everytime I read another new member's story I'm like WHY is this happening?? So glad you kept an eye on her for a long time - that happened with my son- it's called bi-phasic. His reaction seemed to get better and then about 2 hours later it came back but his was anaphylactic and we were home so we rushed him to the ER. Thank God we did. And that you were there and she could get treated right away.

Anyway, my son was diagnosed about a year an a half ago. It does get easier. At first you are so overwhelmed and scared to death, but you learn your comfort level, what foods are safe etc. Check you local library for help books, and also on the FAAN website for a local support group. It's important to be able to talk to other mom's and they might have food free events/playdates etc.

Good luck!

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By EEH on Wed, 08-17-11, 00:50

Hi Amanda! My 1st post here was nearly identical to yours. Gave my son his 1st taste of PB when he was about 14 months & he had an instant reaction. He also had that 2nd biphasic one in the ER & we have no family history of PN allergy. He's now 20 months & cervonil is right, it does get easier. For me, the biggest changes have been that I read labels for ingredients much more thoroughly & I call/email manufacturers to clarify labeling policies.

Don't let the mommy guilt get the best of you. Hey, if it makes you feel any better, my son was still on breast milk when he had his 1st reaction. (I wasn't nursing, but had built a huge freezer stash from pumping.) I also remember calling my husband in tears from the grocery store b/c I was having a hard time telling what was "safe" & I was scared to death to bring in anything that could harm my kid. The only silver lining to PN allergy is that we eat healthier b/c we had to cut out a lot of the processed foods!

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