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By myboyCain on Fri, 03-23-07, 18:42

Cain is 13 months old and for about a monnth and a half he has been eating peanut butter sandwiches with his two older siblings and noticed a small rash on his face and just chalked it up to teething and slobbering (he still only has 1 tooth)~!!!! and anyways this rash has stayed on his face for some time? so i dont know why but i decided to take him off the peanut butter for a while to see if the rash would go away and sure enough it started to fade within a week or so well this past sunday for lunch i ignorantly gave it to him again because he woke up with a bit of a rash on the other side of his mouth and so i figured maybe it was from him teething on his crib rails!! right now he has knawed off the finish of his bed so i though maybe thats whats causeing it? and i figured it safe to give again and so i did! within about 2o minutes of eating it his face became broke out only on that one side his cheek forehead arounf his eye and on his chin!!! i freaked out and immediately i figured peanut butter to be the culprit! so i will NEVER give him any again!!!! no it seems each time his reaction gets worse is this normally the case!??????? we havent yet seen an allergist for him we couldnt get an appointment till May!!! im worried about him please any info of personal experiance would be greatly appriciated!? Alicia

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By Momcat on Fri, 03-23-07, 19:20

Alicia,

First of all, you are doing the right thing to stop giving him peanut butter until you can see the allergist. Your pediatrician may also be able to order a blood test for your son if you can get in to see the ped. sooner. If the test is positive, your ped. can prescribe an Epipen just in case your son has a more severe reaction in the future. Even if you do see the ped., I would still recommend seeing the allergist.

Try not to panic [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] You don't know for sure yet, and even if he is allergic it is doable to live with food allergies. Make sure you read the ingredient labels on anything you give him, sometimes peanuts turn up in unexpected places! Get some Children's Benadryl liquid and call the pediatrician to find out the right dosage for your son. That will help the hives/rash.

I'm glad you found this site, there is a lot of info here. Try not to get overwhelmed though!

Cathy

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By McCobbre on Fri, 03-23-07, 22:57

Welcome here. If he turns out to be allergic you'll find you learn what your "comfort zone" is with regard to possible exposure. Many families with PA children (even with nonPA siblings) eliminate all peanut products from their homes. It may be something you want to consider--or if not, consider how to avoid cross contamination, but it is so easy. And the tiniest bit of peanut protein can be deadly.

There is lots of information here. You've found a good place.

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By myboyCain on Sat, 03-24-07, 17:32

thanks so much ! yes i have found very interesting things on here very informative! i guess i will just have to watch and learn hopefully the allergist appointment will be here soon enough and we can get to the bottom of this!!! how do the test for these things ? will it hurt him????

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By Momcat on Sat, 03-24-07, 20:42

There are two kinds of tests:

A skin test or skin prick test--they will prick the skin on his back or arm with a sharp tool dipped in liquid extract of peanut (or other allergens). This doesn't hurt too much, but then you have to keep him from touching it or scratching it for 15-30 min while you wait to see if there is a reaction. If a large welt forms where he is pricked with peanut, he is probably allergic. Bring toys/books/videos to distract him with while you wait. The test will not work if he has been taking antihistamines 5-7days before the test.

Blood test or RAST or ImmunoCAP--they take a few tubes of blood and send them to a lab for analysis. It doesn't matter if he's been taking antihistamines or not. This might hurt a little more but is over with much more quickly that the skin test. However, you have to wait a week or two for the results.

As far as accuracy, neither test is 100% accurate. The skin test tends to show more false positive results and the blood test tends to show more false negatives.

If skin test is neg. then he's probably not allergic. If blood test is pos. he probably is allergic.

I hope this helps!

Cathy

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By myboyCain on Sun, 03-25-07, 10:17

thank you all so much!!!!!

Alicia

i will let you all know what i find out!!!

and the very best to all of you!!!

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