? on PA reactions and air travel
I'm still puzzling over if this is related or not... moreso now that we have another airplane trip coming up.
Last April, we flew from Alaska (yes, it's cold here) to Arizona with a stopover in Seattle. My DS is PA and we carried his epi-pens with us; he was 16mo at the time. We ate no products provided by the airline. He threw up the ENTIRE time we were on the plane, stopped when we were on the layover, and went back to throwing up for the Seattle-Arizona leg. In Seattle we'd given him some Dramamine in case it was air-sickness. The entire next 24 hours at our destination was horrible (TMI, sorry) diarrhea. Now, we were all slightly sick with GI issues over the next 24 hours... so I chalked it up to stomach flu.
The return flight... I gave him Dramamine before we got on the plane and he was fine for both legs. The Arizona-Seattle portion he slept and the Seattle-Alaska portion he was bouncing off the walls, but happy. The little girl next to us was eating trail mix, but we were very cautious that she didn't share or touch him. Got home, put him to bed... then next morning (more TMI, sorry) more horrible GI issues... vomiting and 24 hours of diarrhea.
His two former PA reactions were facial hives and swelling, sneezing and running nose, then 24 hours of foul-smelling diarrhea. He didn't get anything but the diarrhea... so might it still have been related to peanut exposure either by the airplane's re-cycled air or contact exposure from another passenger?
Could we just have been so unlucky to have stomach flu there AND back? (Flights were separated by two weeks.) Or maybe I'm looking at an air-sickness issue here?
These are also all questions I'll be asking his ped at our next visit in two weeks, and calling the allergist about... but does anyone have any ideas or similar circumstances they can share?
I'll admit I'm a little terrified to have him on a plane again, with him being so much more mobile and so horribly sick the last time. We'll be armed, as always, with Benadryl and the epi-pens. I'm also going to request the airline annouce a "voluntary" peanut-free zone... they did that on the last flight I was on for another little kid, and it would have never occurred to me. Anything else I can do?
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