Possible reaction from Oreo Handi-Snacks
My PA-only DD got 7 hives on her face and neck today while eating Oreo Handi-Snacks, the things that are like cheese and crackers. She's never eaten them before; she got them in a birthday party treat bag from a party for another PA child. The ingredients are on the package and they are fine, and there's no peanut warning. She had them at the end of her lunch, but I'm not suspicious of anything else she ate: leftover homemade pizza she'd eaten previously, carrots and her usual ranch dressing, milk and a pear. At first I thought I was seeing irritation from where the pear had touched her skin, because things like that sometimes happen to her. But there were spots where food didn't touch her. She was in the middle of those Oreo things when it started, and they continued to pop up after I noticed them. But she had no funny feeling in her mouth or throat, which she normally gets when she eats something with peanut in it. And she never developed a stomachache. She does get mystery hives, but not that many before. Well, not that many on her face.
So I hemmed and hawed. You can lay into me on that if you want. I know that "wait and see" is dangerous. I am such a chicken. I re-read the label. I called my DH. I called and left a message for the allergist on call. I kept asking DD "How's your mouth? Your throat? Your stomach?" Her hives went away quickly without medication.
I tried to call Kraft, but of course they aren't there on a Sunday. My DH & I were thinking, we don't want to give her the Epi and go through the whole big ER situation if it isn't really a peanut reaction. But we don't want to risk her life.
I heard back from the allergist, not ours but a food allergy specialist at the clinic. He said it was okay to take a conservative approach if we weren't sure she had a peanut ingestion and it was only hives. He said to give her the 2 tsp. Benadryl and yes, spring into action if another symptom develops. He asked if I had up-to-date Epis and a FAAP with symptoms to watch for, and he suggested I follow up with Kraft tomorrow. DD is fine (how many dozens of times have I asked her today?), but I am worried as bedtime approaches.
Those maybes are the hardest thing. Was there peanut cross-contamination? 7 hives on her face and neck while eating the stuff tells me it's likely. I want to send that package off to the Nebraska lab. I did save the rest in its package in a plastic bag.
I know some of you have found that Kraft is not good with labeling. I'm guessing I'm joining that camp now.
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