4yr old son ,just diagnosed completly overwhelmed

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2008 - 6:45am
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Hi everyone, I am so happy to have found this site. My 4 yr old has just been diagnosed with a peanut allergy. He never has had a reaction directly that we know of. Living in the Syracuse area we have tons of snow & cold weather. He had developed a terrible case of hives this winter which we thought were from the change in temp from cold to warm. That is why he was back @ the allergist to do a ice cube test. That turned out negative. He has been seeing a allergist for Asthma and they were doing a skin prick teat for enviornmental triggers as well as food. He tested positive for dust, cats, dogs ( which I knew from him having strong breakouts of hives and a rash when around them)and to my shock Peanuts. He hates peanut butter or anything with peanut butter so he has avoided eating that for as long as I can remember. The allergist explained to me that this is a common thread amongst kids with PA. I have 3 other children including 1 yr old twins so life is hectic anyway. I am overwhelmed and full of anxiety on how I will manage this. Any info would be appreciated. I already picked up the PA info book. Restaurants, food products, anything. Thanks!

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2008 - 9:45am
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Hi There....
Sorry for the diagnosis. I have a 7 year old son that is PA. We found out when he was 2 1/2 I gave him peanut butter. He had a reaction.
Anyway it really is overwhelming inthe beginning. But Its manageable. Is he in day care? Read all the label of the food products in your house. There are labeling laws that state that if the food has one of the 8 major allergens they have to disclose it in plain english " contains peanuts" so say may contains.. made on the same equipment... I avoid those too because they are too risky.
We do go out to eat. We usually choose the same places that we have found it the past are safe. I always ask iff there are penuts/ peanut products in anything when we go out. We generally do not eat in restuarants that have "peanutanything" on the menu. but generally "kid" food is pretty safe if they do not make PB & J or stir fry inthe same place. I always check n the oil they fry ff in to make sure. I always ask. We eat at Mc Donalds for fast food.
Generally I stay away from bakeries ( unless peanut free) Chinese or asian food is hard trust. I make my own cup cakes with a box mix that is "safe" I keep them in the freezer so he will have a safe treat if he wants one. I being that to gatherins or what ever that may have cake. I usually keep a " safe" lollipop in my purse just in case someone is handing out treats for something to make sure he has something too.
always keep eip pen and benadryl with you.
lots of great info here
Good luck!

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