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Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2000 - 12:59pm
momma2rac's picture
Joined: 03/03/2000 - 09:00

My son is 14 months and had a hives reaction to PB or orange. Went to an allegist this week and she said that it is the PB. She took a blood test and I have some EPI's and Benadryl. She refered us to Food Allergy Network. I ordered a bunch of material from them in the last few days. My question is where do we start in understanding this allergy? I never considered deli meats! I havent given him any so far.. but it never occurred to me. My husband I were talking more about it tonight and feel like we need a new allergist. She was very tentative, they took 3 tries to get his blood. She didnt tell us much, said she cant remember which peanut oils were bad, cold pressed or this what I should expect from a Ped. Allergist???????
Anything you want to pass on would be appreciated! Julie

Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2000 - 4:22pm
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Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

pMy p.a. child was diagnosed at 18 months. She is now 7. The best advise I can give is read the label on everything your child now eats. Believe it or not, but it will become second nature. I do it now automatically at the grocery store without even being aware of it. I ask for ingredient lists at fast food restaurants (Most of the major chains either have them posted or will provide you one if you ask for it. Yes, even down to what's in their mustard). When in doubt, don't let her eat it. Here's an important word: "cross contamination". I do not let my p.a. child eat any product that has vague labeling (i.e., natural flavoring) without first calling the company and making sure it is not only nut free but not made on the same product line with peanuts/nuts. I look for a toll free number on the package or the name I can look up on the internet. If it is not there, I don't buy it. Our doctor advises us to tell people "you will kill my child if your food/or product has peanuts/tree nuts or even has come in contact with them" since most people do not take allergies seriously. The good news . . . most large corporations in the food industry take allergies seriously, especially p.a. I tend to stick with the products of companies that do label foods well. Read the label even if you have purchased that item before. You will find labels can change. You will soon learn from Food Allergy Network, mislabeling and cross contamination can occur. FAN alerts you will receive are real eye openers. We tend to automatically avoid the high risk areas as are listed on the Ingredient Lists provided by FAN (cookies, sweets, chips, chinese food, etc.). I bake all her desserts and sweets. Keep your medication with your child at all times - no exceptions is the rule in our house. It may seem overwhelming but it will become second nature. And one last thing . . . Never feel intimidated about asking if a food/or product is nut free. Your child's health is at stake./p

Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2000 - 4:26pm
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Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

pOoops ... I forgot. If you feel your doctor is not knowledgeable about food allergies, you may want to find another allergy specialist. I expect my doctor to know more than I do and be available to answer any questions that have or may come up in managing our p.a./p

Posted on: Sat, 03/04/2000 - 6:51am
kbrosn's picture
Joined: 01/28/1999 - 09:00

pMomma2racbr /
I think if you need to ask if you should get another allergist, you should get another allergistbr /
No harm in getting a second opinion, different point of view, /
Trust your instincts and get another doc!/p

Posted on: Sun, 03/12/2000 - 2:25pm
Nancy B's picture
Joined: 03/13/2000 - 09:00

pI too am fairly new to peanut allergy. Actually, we found out our 13 month old daughter was allergic when she was 7 months old. Yes, its very overwhelming! My doctors advice was to avoid peanuts and peanut products and ALWAYS be prepared for an emergency. He stated that there was a fine balance between being paranoid and being cautious.Good Luck!/p

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2000 - 12:07pm
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Joined: 03/17/2000 - 09:00

pWe found out our daughter was allergic to peanuts when she was about 14 months old. It can be very overwhelming at first. Some days I cried and some days I was fine. From the South gave great advice. We also stay away from any kind of nut (Kelsey has only been tested for peanut but we're staying away from all nuts), natural flavoring unless we can call the company about it, and also avoid products that come in different varieties, one of which has nuts. For example-we don't buy Honey Bunches of Oats because they have an almond flavor. You will gradually become more comfortable with choosing food. In the beginning I gave Kelsey mostly non-processed foods that I was sure were safe. Boring diet for awhile, but it gave me time to learn. Best wishes!/p

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