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Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 7:52am
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My mother, nephew, and 7 yr old daughter are all allergic to peanuts. We have lots of other severe food allergies in our family as well, including tree nuts and even certain vegetables. It's manageable. We eat well even when we all get together and the list of forbidden food options is quite long! It's scary at first, but things will get better.
I don't know anyone with a nut allergy who can't eat peas or beans. I am sure there are people with this problem, but the PA people I know are fine with them. Read labels and stay away from anything with any kind of nuts until you have the chance to meet with your allergist. He/she will be able to answer questions and give good advice. Deli and bakery items do not have the same labeling laws. They are higher risk. We stay away from those and make our own. Keep your home nut free.
You might consider talking with friends/caregivers about how to keep your son safe from any peanut products via toys. Young children often put toys in their mouths. If one has been eating peanut products, puts a toy in his mouth and your child picks it up, there is a potential for a reaction.
Outside of that, just make sure you know the symptoms of an allergic reaction, and make sure you always have children's Benadryl with you. Call and ask the pediatric allergist nurse what dosage to give in case of a peanut exposure prior to your appointment. Call and ask your pediatrician for an EPI-Pen if you don't have one. You should not have to wait to see the allergist for that. My 7 yr old has only had one reaction since her initial one when she was 3. She goes to school and friends houses, and has pretty normal life. I have to advocate for her and teach parents and teachers all the time, but it's manageable.
good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 7:57am
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I agree with comment about requesting a blood test rather than the skin test. Especially for a child that young. They can test for lots of different things with just the one blood sample. Ask for all the common allergens. We waited until my daughter was older before getting the skin test to see if she had grown out of any of her allergies.

Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 9:29am
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Ask your doctor about the UKnow peanut test. It gives you more defined idea of how strong the child's response will be to peanuts. It tests for a reaction to all 6 proteins in the peanut. 4 out of 6 are the ones that typically cause anaphylaxis. Our daughter was off of the chart with all. It gives more defined information than the typical blood test. At first I thought it was hokey since we had already completed a regular skin and blood test. We knew out daughter was allergic. This test tells just how allergic as our doctor mentioned. Whether you will need to hit the panic button because you forgot the epi pens or not. Now I a fan of the test.

Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 9:34am
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Interesting I keep reading where everyone is still giving Benadryl as our Allergist is now recommending Zyrtec as he says it stays in the child's system longer and giving Benadryl is the old way to treat.

Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:37pm
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Thanks so much to everyone for the info. It sure helps a lot!! It seems like I have read about staying away from generic store brands..... is that true?

Posted on: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 1:23am
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We give both. Our daughter is on a daily dose of Zyrtec, as her enviromental allergies are terrible. We also give benadryl if she has a reaction. It is a fast acting medicine where as the Zyrtec does stay in the system longer. We also had the UKnow peanut test done for her. She tested positive to 3 out of 4 proteins that cause the severe reactions. We never leave the house without 2 epi pens and benadryl.

Posted on: Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:41pm
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Our pediatric allergist recommends avoiding garbanzo beans and lentils because they are very closely related to peanuts.
The blood test will only tell you about allergens that have been exposed to the blood, (food that your child has previously eaten) meaning that if your child has never consumed a particular nut/food, the blood will NOT react to testing.

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