could my daughter be developing new allergies?

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 1:03am
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Joined: 08/09/2001 - 09:00

My daughter is 5 years old and is also a PA. Then recently we found out she is also allergic to tree nuts. Just broke my heart to know she is developing new kind of allergies. She will be seen by her doctor on Tuesday and get tested for any more allergies. Last night she had a glass of milk and a bowl of ice cream (cookies and cream). After about an hour while we were laying in bed reading to her she started crying and she was holding her throat. She could not talk so I immediately picked her up and took her to the other room where we had the benadryl and epipen. She has never had an anphylactic shock before and I did not know if she was having one. So I gave her a benadryl and waited to see if that helped. It seem to help and she calmed down. I hate to think now that she is also allergic to dairy. Could this type of allergy progress to a more severe case? I hope that it doesn't. We all love our children and I am scared to think that she could be gone after eating.

worried mommy.


Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 1:47am
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Joined: 05/29/2001 - 09:00

She may or may not be allergic to dairy, although that is a common allergy. Perhaps the ice cream was not made on a dedicated line and had traces of nuts in it. Or maybe it was the cookies in the ice cream that had a trace of nuts in them that caused the problem. I would have her allergy tested to dairy to know for sure. And allergies to anything can develop at any age, anytime, unfortunately. Keep us posted! Good Luck!

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 2:51am
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Joined: 07/24/2000 - 09:00

My son had a severe allergic reaction after eating an ice-cream sandwich. We later learned that a peanutbutter flavored sandwich was manufactured on the very same equipment as the vanilla. That may very well be what happened to your child.
However, my sons reactions have always been swift, within a minute or two of ingestion. Does your child routinely have an hour jetlag or might something else have happened in the interum?
Just a thought.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 4:14am
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Joined: 08/09/2001 - 09:00

Thank you 3mom for the information. I will let you know how the test goes. Certainly, this is every parents with PA kids nightmare and I kept asking myself before I got an education on this if I had done something wrong while I was pregnant with her. the questions just keep going and it never stops.
Thank you again.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 4:40am
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Joined: 08/09/2001 - 09:00

Thank you ErikaP. My daughter's reaction after ingesting anything that has nuts is like your sons. It only takes a minute after she has accidentally eaten something that has peanut traces as hidden ingredients. Specifically chinese food or candies, although I am very careful now after the last incident it is still almost impossible to protect her from the food that could harm her. Her first reaction the cramping of stomach, gagging feeling, tingling in her throat then she throws up. That night she not only had the icecream and milk. About 4 hours before that happened I bought some chinese food but I did ask if they used peanut oil and they said no. At that moment i thought it would be safe to give her just a small serving of the vegetables from the dish that I ordered (shrimp and vegetable) That night it also occured to me that even if they did not use peanut oil that does not mean that there were no traces of peanuts from the other dish they cook that had nuts in it. Example is the kungpao chicken and almond chicken. They could have used the same wok or cooking pan. I felt so mad at myself for not realizing that right away. I just hope to God she is not allergic to dairy products also. Thank you for sharing your information. I will keep this website posted.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 6:39am
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We used to take our son to a Chinese restaurant with us. We always purchased a Happy Meal (BK or Sonic) for him so he never ate Chinese food. However, one time he started to act like a reaction was coming on, probably an air born reaction, so we now refuse to take him with us. But this last time we went out on a date that is where we went. We overheard someone else inquiring about nuts. They stated there was only one dish that had nuts in it and that he, the restaurant owner (who is obviously from China), is allergic to shellfish. He said there was another boy who comes in there who is allergic to all meat. They accomodate him with vegetable dishes. I found that very interesting!

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 10:21am
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Joined: 05/20/2000 - 09:00

If it was the Chinese food, it was a very delayed reaction, but it could have been the shrimp in the food. Shellfish allergies are common. I am doubtful that at age 5 your daughter would develop an allergy to dairy so severe that her throat would start to close up, but I don't really know.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 2:06pm
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Joined: 07/29/2001 - 09:00

Mybaby, just wanted to say don't beat yourself up about the chinese food. After accidential ingestions for my pa son I also suffer guilt so you're not alone. Chock it up to a lesson learned and a mistake that won't be repeated. I was just wondering was the cookie & cream ice cream oreo? My son is also allergic to coconut and there is coconut oil in oreo cookies. Just a thought!

Posted on: Sun, 08/12/2001 - 11:35pm
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Joined: 08/09/2001 - 09:00

Thank you all for the concern. It is much appreciated.
[This message has been edited by mybaby (edited August 13, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2001 - 12:26am
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Joined: 08/09/2001 - 09:00

Thank you everyone for the comments and concerns. There is a tremendous feeling that goes through me knowing that I am not alone. I do not know anybody else in my circle who has this kind of worries. So it is really nice to be able to chat with other parents with PA kids since we all share something in common. For the longest time I thought that my kid is one of the rarest with that condition. I did not realized there are so many. Rachael will be going to kindergarten, for a while we thought of home schooling her to keep her safe. But I thought no, we should educate the society about this problem. It can be harmful if we're not careful. The parents and the school should work together to keep these kids safe. I read an article about a 6 years old girl who came home from school, told her mom that she almost died. The word died coming from a 6 years old is just plain scary. She said that a little boy in her class who knew about her PA decided to play a game and chased her around the school yard to try and put his hands in her mouth after eating his PB sandwich. Now that is really scary. It is almost safe to not let other kids know about her condition. Do I share this kind of feelings or am I just getting too paranoid? HELP!
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