Contact exposure to peanuts! For how long might a reaction occur?

Posted on: Sat, 11/12/2005 - 7:06am
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I need to know ASAP how long after peanut exposure a reaction might occur. DS is only 22 months old, so it is harder to identify a potential reaction. I need to know how long I need to watch him closely. The allergist said most reactions occur within an hour, but he wouldn't say when we're out of the window when a reaction might occur. Until we're clear, I feel that I can't take my eyes off him.

Here's what happened. DH and DS were doing something with birdseed, and DH noticed huge peanuts in the birdseed. He doesn't think our PA child touched any peanuts, but obviously there could be residues on the other things in the birdseed mixture. He pulled DS away as soon as possible, scrubbed his hands and face, and rushed home. DS and DH took off their clothes outside and put them straight into the washing machine. Shoes were left outside to be scrubbed, and of course they then scrubbed hands agin. As an extra precaution, they then washed their bodies and hair---and then I scrubbed the shower and tub, as well as cleaned the shampoo and liquid soap bottles.

What a scare! I think he'll be OK because it's already been 30 minutes and there hasn't been any reaction at all. I'm still nervous, though. Hopefully someone will see this post soon and let me know when I can relax.

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Mookie---Mom to Devin (PA, 1/2/04) and Brendan (no food allergies, 12/9/99)

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