Confused mother of teenager

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My daughters peanut allergy was only diagnosed recently at the age of 13 when she suffered a severe reaction after tasting a spoonful of ready-made curry during a food lesson in school. We are not a nut eating family, but I am amazed that she has not had a reaction before this. Any advice please.

On Aug 23, 2005

First, have you had your daughter to an allergist yet? Done testing? Gotten an epi-pen?

Food allergies can begin at any age. My niece developed a food allergy at 15 last summer. You've come to the right place to learn a lot about how to stay safe. So sorry for your daughter. Hope she's OK now.

Julie

On Aug 23, 2005

Thanks Julie,

Yes, we got an epipen and anti-histamine tablets the very same day as her first reaction as we were going on holiday to Mexico that week. When we returned we got her tested by the Allergy clinic and they supplied a second epipen and suggsted we got a medicalert braclet. She's very scared but coping okay so far. Just discoverd this wonderful site, thanks everyone - its reassuring to know we're not alone.

On Aug 23, 2005

As a new poster I am struggling with some of the abbreviations used here. It would be very much appreciated if someone out there would translate these for me please. eg. dd Many thanks

Jayne (Nottingham, England)

On Aug 23, 2005

Your daughter could have been having Gi reactions like diareha(i cant spell) or stomache cramping or vommiting. Sometimes these symptoms can show up as much as 24 hours later. She may have had reactions and you would have never known. As for the abbreviations, I have been here almost a year and I think DD is daughter, ds is son, dh is husband, I dont know what the d is for. I just figured it out a week or so ago.

On Aug 23, 2005

Hormonal changes sometimes tend to bring on allergies--I developed an allergy to poison ivy while pregnant with my second baby (I used to be able to walk through acres of it with no problem, now I try not to be downwind from it!) and the nurse at my DD's school developed a banana allergy during one of her pregnancies.

Puberty is another time of life, like pregnancy, where your body goes through rapid changes and it's not uncommon for someone to develop an allergy during that time.

I actually think your DD is lucky, as these things go. Well, luckier would have been if she hadn't gotten the allergy at all. But by getting the allergy now, she's going to be super-aware of it, and consequently probably quite careful about not triggering it, at a time in her life when many people with allergies are getting complacent and cocky--trying things they shouldn't, thinking they're invincible, etc. Adolescence scares me more than any other time in life when it comes to a food allergy.

In any event, you'll learn a lot from this site. You should help your DD learn how to decipher food labels so that she doesn't accidentally expose herself to the peanut protein through cross contaminated food. The medic alert bracelet is also a great idea, and just keep stressing to her that not only should she get used to checking about everything she eats, but she should never be more than a few steps from her epi-pen--it doesn't do anyone any good unless you can get your hands on it quickly.

Good luck!

Sarah

On Aug 23, 2005

Somewhere there is a listing of the abbreviations (one of the more senior members may direct you!). I do know: DS (dear son) DD (dear daughter) and DH (dear sometimes dumb!} husband. PA = peanut allergy. TNA = tree nut allergy. MIL = mother in law. EA= egg allergy. Stuff like that. I'll try to find the link to the list of abbreviations.

Anyway, have fun reading the threads. So much to learn. Just jump in and ask if any questions -- we will try to help.

Good luck to you and your DD! Have a blessed day, Bridget

On Aug 24, 2005

A big thank you to you all - and a hug from Becky x

On Aug 24, 2005

BeckysMum,

This is a tough time for your daughter to develop the allergy. Middle school is tough enough without all of a sudden finding out you're different than the rest. Check out the schools section. Even in middle school there are some precautions you can take to help your daughter stay safe. Definitely get a medical alert bracelet, they have different ones now besides the standard silver one you think of. Good luck.

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