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By callys.mom on Sun, 07-04-10, 05:34

My name is Lora and I have a one year old daughter. After having severe eczema since she was about six weeks old, and going through a doctor or five, we found out she has allergies to peanut, tree nuts, wheat, oat, soy, egg whites and egg yolks. We know her allergies to all but peanut and tree nuts result in only a skin reaction, as she had been exposed to all before we knew of her allergy. She has never been exposed to any nuts, so we do not know how she will react. She had both a skin and blood test and her allergenist told us her level was 100 times the norm, so she equipped us with some epi pens. Like I said, I'm new to this and it all makes me so nervous..I have heard so many allergy horror stories!

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By double concerned twinsmom on Tue, 07-06-10, 23:15

It is scary at first. This is a great website for information! My twin daughters are almost 17 now and we have lived with it for 16 years! Look for a food allergy support group in your state. It is nice to get to know others who are dealing with the same things. Do you have specific questions that you would like to ask?

It is scary at first. I remember leaving the girls in Sunday School classes and all of the headaches of trying to get people to UNDERSTAND. After my children were older, I read on here to have a large button made that says, "I have a life threatening food allergy! DO NOT FEED ME!" If you leave your young child in a nursery or early childhood setting, always have it on. Repeat every time that you leave her, "She has a life threatening food allergy." Our girls were triggered multiple times when they were young, because people did not UNDERSTAND. Do not trust other people to read food labels! I cannot tell you how many times someone said they had read a food label and I would know it was not safe and right there in black and white it would have "made on shared equipment" or "cross contaminated" or "peanuts". Every single time the others would say, "I did not even see that." Feel free to ask questions.

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By double concerned twinsmom on Tue, 07-06-10, 23:15

It is scary at first. This is a great website for information! My twin daughters are almost 17 now and we have lived with it for 16 years! Look for a food allergy support group in your state. It is nice to get to know others who are dealing with the same things. Do you have specific questions that you would like to ask?

It is scary at first. I remember leaving the girls in Sunday School classes and all of the headaches of trying to get people to UNDERSTAND. After my children were older, I read on here to have a large button made that says, "I have a life threatening food allergy! DO NOT FEED ME!" If you leave your young child in a nursery or early childhood setting, always have it on. Repeat every time that you leave her, "She has a life threatening food allergy." Our girls were triggered multiple times when they were young, because people did not UNDERSTAND. Do not trust other people to read food labels! I cannot tell you how many times someone said they had read a food label and I would know it was not safe and right there in black and white it would have "made on shared equipment" or "cross contaminated" or "peanuts". Every single time the others would say, "I did not even see that." Feel free to ask questions.

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By BestAllergySites on Sat, 07-10-10, 13:42

Welcome to the site Lora! Your daughter is still very young, it's normal to feel a bit fearful and worried. As time goes on it does get easier.

As the previous poster said--read as much as you can and see if you can find a support group in your area. AAFA--the Asthma Allergy Foundation of America has many free support groups throughout the US.

Try not to think about the horror stories too much. We often post our bad experiences but not always the good ones.

My son is 7 and allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, egg, sesame and soy. He is allergic to all via ingestion and contact--if he touches it and touches his eyes, nose or mouth--he'll have a reaction.

He goes to public school we have accommodations in place to keep him safe and he's done very well as he's gotten older.

The key is to always keep your epi pen on hand and with your child, to keep your child away from her allergens, and to make sure you set good ground rules with her about what food she is allowed to eat, who she is allowed to take food from etc. Also, always mention your allergies when eating out and make sure the restaurant can accommodate you.

Hope that helps, any other questions feel free to ask. This is what the forum is for! :)

Ruth

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Disclaimer: I'm a food allergy advocate and mom of a food allergic child. I am NOT an allergist. My comments are based on my research and experiences. Please speak to your doctor regarding medical concerns.

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