Another Newbie with tons of questions!

Posted on: Tue, 06/07/2005 - 3:35am
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Hi! We just found out that our two year old son is allergic to peanuts, walnuts and pecans. Food allergies are completely new to my husband and me. We have no known history on either side. I've been doing tons of reading and feel somewhere between "ignorance is bliss"(some of the information scares the *&^% out of me) and "knowledge is power" (better to be prepared!)

My son's first reaction was quite surprising. Shortly after helping me make cookies, his eyes swelled dramatically, they were red and itching, hives around the mouth and he was extremely upset. We quickly washed his face and gave him benadryl and he seemed to feel better quickly. I had just used a new brand of wipes and thought the reaction was too them. The next day, he took a bite of the cookies and immediately spit it out and started coughing and grabbing at his tongue, and shortly after that, he got hives around his mouth. I gave him benadryl immediately and started to realize that he had never been exposed to walnuts before, maybe that caused the reaction. Thank God the reaction didn't go further, because I had no idea how dangerous food allergies can be! We made an appointment the next day with the pediatrician and his blood test came back 4.26 for peanuts, 0.89 for walnuts, and 0.46 for pecans. (Not really sure I fully understand what these numbers mean.) He has eaten peanuts before with no noticeable reaction other than saying yucky and spitting it out.

We just went to the allergist for a follow up and he suggested we do skin testing to see how much of a reaction he has to each of the nuts. This really surprised me. Is this normal? I feel like we already know he's allergic, what is the point?

We've already gotten rid of any foods that contain/may contain etc. and am constantly reading everything I can get my hands on to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep my son safe. Sometimes I feel like I'm overreacting and paranoid, he's never had a bad reaction to peanuts, so do we need to avoid may contain items? and others I feel like I'm not reacting enough, in reading it seems the next reaction may be worse! And his peanut number was so much higher than the walnut! The range of emotions is scary!

Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this, I just looked back and realized how long it is. But I do feel marginally better just putting my feeling into words!

Safe eating to everyone!

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