First allergic reaction before diagnosis

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2007 - 3:43am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

What was your/your child's first reaction? How old were you/they?

My dd first and only time had a reaction was at ten months. She had a tiny bit on her finger (that she stuck in my sandwich). Within a minute she was very irritable (thought she was tired) dh called me in to the bathroom (thought a warm bath might soothe her) she was beet red from head to toe and swelling. Quickly dried her and tried to give her a bottle and she started wheezing and refused bottle. Called 911 and went to ER where they gave her benedryl and steroids.
Diagnosed officially at one year. However a mom in the er came over and asked me if she had ate anything with peanuts as her son reacted the same way. Bless her heart, this is how we figured it out right away until her official diagnosis.

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2007 - 6:03am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

When my son was about 9 months old his cousin was diagnosed with nut allergy. At the time, I read the american pediatrics guildlines and it said to wait on Nuts until 3yrs. I was very very careful that my son didn't get have any nuts or nut products although he ate a few may contains items like plain M&M's. Just after he turned 3 I decided to let him try the tiniest bit of PB on the end of a baby spoon. With in 1-2 minutes he started coughing and then was vomitting over and over. When he finally stopped I poured some benedryl down him and drove like a crazy woman to where my husband was - by then he was ok. then the ped then the allergist...
We also had a cross contamination reaction about a month later to Bakery bread. Full Body hives that time - took him to the ER just to be safe. I have learned a lot since then and we don't do bakeries or may contains.

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2007 - 9:03pm
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Joined: 06/06/2007 - 09:00

I documented my son's first PB reaction in this section under "first PB reaction" . I think it is still on this page as it only happened a month ago. He had his first reaction after we knew already about the PA. He was allergic to dairy from birth and had him tested for PA at three and was very positive (that was about 7 months ago).

Posted on: Sat, 11/10/2007 - 11:21pm
maphiemom's picture
Joined: 12/01/2005 - 09:00

I was eating choc covered peanuts just after Halloween and my curious two year old wanted to try, we knew kids could be allergic , so we decided to give it watch and see , that way we would know, she ate the smallest one ,very tiny, as soon as it was down her throat she started to stick her hand down her throat and scrape her tongue , trying to make herself gag, it was an instantaneous reaction, no delay , I called 911 immediatly as I knew people could die from peanut allergies, by the time they arrived about 7 minutes the reaction was calming down , paramedics assessed her , took her blood pressure and said she didn't need any treatment she wasn't showing any symptoms any more, I now think we should have gone to the hospital just to observe her incase the reaction returned.
Her reaction symptoms consisted of itchy throat, hives around mouth , and fatigue , sweating , she tried to go up the stairs and could do it from exhaustion.
I hope that we don't have to experience that again, knock on wood , its been four years now.Two other reactions from x contamination while eating out,hives around mouth , I always carry benadryl and epi.
PS where in Ontario are you Skymom? I am in Southern Ontario.

Posted on: Thu, 01/17/2008 - 5:43am
Colleencz's picture
Joined: 01/10/2008 - 16:39

She had a few bites of a pb&j. She just didn't seem interested in it. I went to change her diaper about 5 minutes later and she had hives all over her body. We took her to the doctor and he just said to avoid peanuts and pb until she was 2 and we would re-evaluate then. The week before her second b-day she was eating a cookie that I didn't realize had peanuts in it. Again she broke out in hives. That was when we went to the allergist.

Posted on: Thu, 01/17/2008 - 9:39am
Boots's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 16:15

My husband has always been allergic to Peanuts so we weren't ever planning on giving our daughter any sort of nut. Last year when she was 2, we were out of state visiting family. We were all in the SUV with SIL and her kids. SIL was eating some sort of chocolate with PB and feeding some to her kids. Without asking or thinking she gave my daughter a tiny bite. She immediately started puking everywhere. At 1st they were thinking she was sick with a bug until I looked at the candy and noticed PB in it. She only puked what she ate so we didn't go to the ER. When we got home I called the pediatrician and told her and she gave us Epis and scheduled us an appt with an allergist. Her peanut Rast came back a 4 at 48.3 along with many other food allergies. She has had eczema since 2 months old. Turned out she was allergic to milk too!
We haven't had any other bad reactions, but she hasn't been exposed to nuts since that one time.

Posted on: Sat, 01/19/2008 - 12:07pm
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Joined: 01/19/2008 - 18:51

I do not remember giving our daughter any nuts before this. One morning my husband had a piece of toast with peanut butter on it. He gave her a corner of a piece and he left for uptown. She looked at it for awhile and then decided to eat it. I was washing dishes and she started to cough and chock. I thought that he put lots of peanut butter on and it was something that she did not like. I gave her a drink of water and she was still coughing and chocking. I just thought she did not like pb toast. I went and got a facecloth and washed her up. That is when I noticed all the hives. I called my husband on the cell and he ran home. I had called to see if a doctor was on call. They told me that if she was not having a hard time breathing to give her benadryl and watch her. We did and I wish that I would have taken her up to the hospital. It was scary and I never thought about allergies at the time. We have had her allergy tests done and yep it was peanut butter (like I didnt know that already)! She is also allergic to wool (she was two months old and we put on ahomemade sweater and ended up at the hospital, she was covered in welts head to toe). At least we know what it is and can work around it.

Posted on: Mon, 01/28/2008 - 5:57am
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Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

In high school, my family loved going to Logan's, a Road house type restaurant with peanuts as free appetizers, and I would always get really bad headaches and then stomach cramps to the point where I wouldn't be able to eat. Then, at college, I was away at a retreat and I passed the salad bowl around noticing almonds in it, I tried to not touch the inside. Later that night I started breaking out in a rash on my hands and lower fore arms and my chest started feeling tight. Benadryl worked this time.
Skin test and RAST came back negative, negative RAST could have been that I had an allergic reaction a couple days before that and took benadryl, after that the reactions got worse very fast including severe anaphylactic shock in July 2007.

Posted on: Mon, 01/28/2008 - 9:06am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for all the replies. I hope that our experiences help the new members.

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