dd tested postive for PA

Posted on: Wed, 02/04/2004 - 4:23am
MomTo2's picture
Joined: 01/23/2004 - 09:00

My 15 mo daughter had her first appointment with the allergist today. He tested for the common food allergens and for cat. She reacted to everything (except cat) - (including the negative salt water one), so he said she has sensitive skin... but the only one she really tested positive for was Peanut. He gave me a prescription for an Epipen Jr. and told me to research and read to get all the info I can about foods and what to avoid. He wants to see her again in 2 months.

He didn't tell me how much benedryl she should get in case of a mild reaction though...anyone know if it says on the bottle or where I could find out? If not I'll just call and ask.

I left feeling so much better than I did after I got no information from the pediatrician 2 weeks ago. Thank you to everyone who gave me good advice to get to an allergist!


Posted on: Wed, 02/04/2004 - 4:40am
wendysco's picture
Joined: 05/03/2003 - 09:00

Benadryl dosing depends on weight and even the doctor.
Our ds who is PA among other things gets 1 1/2 tsp for a reaction involving hives, he gets 1 tsp for when it seems that his EA's are acting up (he takes zyrtec daily). He weighs about 31 lbs.
Our dd who is about 27 lbs gets 1 tsp for hive reactions and 3/4 tsp for colds or general allergy symptoms.
I only treat hives with Benadryl when I'm pretty sure there is no nuts or soy protein involved, both kids have epi scripts. They are sensitive to multiple things so we are comfortable with this. You are probably better off getting a dosage reccomendation from your allergist as it doesn't sound like your pediatrician was much help with this particular concern.


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