My husband bought me a P.B. Reese Cup as a treat on our anniversary. We were going to eat it after my p.a. child went to bed. We forgot about it and the next day I did something stupid! I ate it while she was outside, being careful trying to not touch the inside of the wrapper, even washed my hands several times, and used hand sanitizer. She came inside about 1 1/2 hrs. later and immediately started sneezing (like 20 times). She had to sit down because she was sneezing so hard. I gave her Bendryl and even had to repeat the dose. Just a warning! I consider myself very educated about p.a. but still did something stupid!
On Jun 13, 2000
I recently had a situation like this. I was eating a type of Chex Mix with no peanuts...only a warning label. My son was outside but walked in while I was still munching away. I explained to him that he couldn't have it and put them away and then washed my hands. A couple of minutes later he said he had to go back outside because it smelled like peanuts! Then he started his typical coughing spell and asked if he had swallowed the fly that was in our house because it felt like a fly was in his throat. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I gave him some Benadryl and decided never to buy anything else with a warning label...even if it is not for him.
On Jun 15, 2000
We went to a Christening party last Sunday and upon arrival, I spotted bowls of peanuts on every table. Up until this point, my daughter has only had a reaction when she consumed a peanut product, not just by touch. Anyway, I watched as a man asked her to give him "five" and then later saw him eating a handful of peanuts. Not five minutes later, I saw my pa daughter rubbing her hand against a chair, as if it itched. Soon after that she kept rubbing each arm. I took her in the bathroom where it was brighter and noticed a couple of hives on her arms. Needless to say, we did not stay long. We did not have any Benedryl on us ... only the Epipen. However, the hives quickly diminished after we left.
On Jun 29, 2000
MY!!!! THIS IS INCREDIBLE.My little boy has multible food allergies.At Christmas we went to a party and like the Christening party there were bowls of peanuts everywhere.Immediately I saw him itching and a red rash appeared arround his eyes.He was crying with the pain in his stomach.I removed him and gave the Clarytin antihistimine. Recently I had an empty yogurt in my car sitting on the dash board.It had a side of chocolate balls and had a may contain warning on it.My son was in the back seat.H e got really itchy,turned red,really sore stomach and a sore head.On my way to the doctors he recovered as i disposed of the carton and opened all the windows.By the time we got there he had a rash all over his trunk.
I have a question.Does your Allergist believe you?
On Jun 30, 2000
We don't have an allergist ... just the pediatrician. I have not mentioned it to her because we have had no need to see her recently. I think my husband was a little skeptical that the peanuts had something to do with the hives on Ashley's hands and arms. I believe it had to be the peanuts!
On Sep 10, 2000
Hi everyone. This is my first time on this BBS. I felt like it was time to start searching for more answers after a situation we encountered last night.
My 2-1/2 yr. old son, Michael, has allergies. He is allergic to eggs, peanuts, cats and dogs. (And other furry animals--I believe.). I had him tested when he was just 12 months old after giving him a pc. of pancake. (I had severe allergies as a child.) His peanut test came up off the charts for his age!!! So we never gave him anything with peanuts. Never had a reaction, until last night.
We had gone to a (good) friend's house for dinner. Her son was eating Peanuts when we got there. My husband asked my friend to wash his hands REALLY good when he was done. She got busy and forgot and for the first time Michael had an allergic reaction to peanuts. About 1 hr. later his face got all blotchy and he was itching his eyes. His right eye got swollen. Michael must have picked up a toy that Brian was playing with and had a reaction. This is NOT the first time that she has allowed Brian to eat peanuts or peanut butter while Michael was around. That was one reason I stopped going to the play group that I used to go to. People were bringing peanut products and I've told them of Michael's allergies and that he can DIE from peanut products. (The woman who runs to group is a nurse to--go figure!!!) Now this woman is a FRIEND and she doesn't seem to take it too seriously, so you know that strangers or teachers aren't going to pay much attention to it. (She IS a teacher currently home raising her children.) That was Michael's FIRST peanut reaction!!! So the tests are right. He IS allergic to peanuts. And that reaction was just from touching something Brian touched. So eating it could have really KILLED him!!!! If I knew something could KILL a child--I would be VERY aware and NOT have it around while that child was at my house or in my care. I can't believe how thoughtless some people can be, and with no regard to the life of a child. And like I said--she's a GOOD friend and has known about Michael's allergies from the beginning!!!!
I am very concerned about this and how am I going to control this from happening in the future??? My sitter will NOT allow peanut products in her house (thank God). But what's going to happen in a preschool situation or school? Or at a friends. People just don't take these things seriously. It's scary!!!!
On Sep 10, 2000
Hi, JLR - Glad you found this site, it's great! You'll find as you read the many posts here, that most people 'just don't get it' - family, friends, or not. Just hang in there and educate them as you go!
My son just started preschool and kindergarten is looming on the horizon. As for the airborne/touch reactions, we know he develops hives from contact exposure, and starts the coughing with itchy eyes and little hive-type bumps near one eye with airborne exposure. Sometimes I think the PA puts him in a 'guinea pig' kind of position. You never know what is going to happen for sure. I hate the thought of approaching the school with our plan, then finding out it needs to be amended one way or the other, ie. if he starts having reactions to things we thought he wasn't going to react to. AAAARRRGGGHH!
[This message has been edited by Tammy James (edited September 10, 2000).]
On Sep 11, 2000
JLR, Some of my biggest disappointments have been with my really good friends. When I was pregnant with my pa son, there were 5 of us pregnant at the same time (one w/ twins). We got together once or twice a month from the time the six babies were born. We found out at 13 months old that Brett was pa (as well as dairy, citrus, strawberries and others). I told all of them and they all said how sorry they were and I educated them on it. When the babies were two one of the moms had us all over. Guess what treat she made for the kids? Peanut butter rice krispie treats. She even jokingly said, oh I know Brett can't have these. It wasn't much better to have him around 5 two year olds eating it either. We left after lunch before she served them to the others. Two more of the same group had birthday parties. PB was the food the served. I would have appreciated them calling me and letting me know first. I don't expect them to change their menu, but I wouldn't have gone had I known. Then, the mom of the twins and the one that made the pb rice kr. treats was coming over for an impromptu lunch at my house. I said I'd make us a big salad and she said she would bring her kids lunch so I wouldn't have to make theirs, too. She said "I'll just stop by and pick up a couple of those Smucker's snack packs." I said, "The ones with the peanut butter?" She said yes. I couldn't believe it. I said "You can't bring those to our house because you know Brett is severly allergic to pb." She said she didn't see why her kids couldn't eat them. Hello!!! I said I'd make all the kids chicken nuggets and fries and not to worry about bringing anything. That's been two years and I've never invited them back. It's not like I've talked about the dangers of pb and what we have to go through just once. They KNOW how much it distresses me. I have more 'friend' stories, but don't want to load them all here. I do have two good friends that bend over backwards in all ways to make sure Brett is safe if we visit them or they come to our house. I hope you find a couple too.
On Sep 13, 2000
I suppose that there are many of us who have been disappointed by our "best" friends. I certainly have been - disappointed and shocked. I read a very well written article once, by a women who was in the mental-health field and also a mother of a peanut allergic child. She said that, at times, she views her child's allergy as a type of "litmus test". The way a person reacts and treats you and your child gives you an insight into their character. I found that someone who had been a friend for almost 40 years, was no friend at all, or at least, not the kind of person that I wanted as a friend. On the bright side, I have met the most wonderful, kind, and giving people since we discovered my child's allergies. I know that they are good people and that I can count on them. Isn't that what a friend is suppose to be?