New here - daughter newly diagnosed with peanut allergy
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.