New To This, a Few Questions

Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2010 - 4:30am
Addys Mom's picture
Joined: 04/06/2010 - 11:09

Hi, sorry if I'm posting in the wrong place. My 3 year old just got diagnosed with PA, and I'm pretty clueless. So far he's only had mild reactions, like an itchy mouth if he tries to eat peanut butter. My husband has the same thing, and he's in his 40s, it's never gotten worse.

The doc gave my son an epi-pen for school. And I've got one at home. He said if my son actually eats peanuts, to give him the epi-pen immediately.

But that's all he said. So do I give this epi-pen for even mild reactions? No Benedryl first? He has asthma too, if that matters.

And second, if it's mild now at 3, and my husband's always had mild symptoms, is there a good chance my son's reactions will generally be mild? Or can it really just get worse immediately?


Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2010 - 10:39pm
barbfeick's picture
Joined: 04/18/2009 - 05:48

There is an epidemic of severe peanut allergies that NEED emergency treatment with any kind of exposure. There is a new book out "The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic" by Heather Fraser. There is some discussion about her book in some other posts on this forum. I would suggest that you read the discussion. What the book tells you is peanut oil can be an ingredient in any vaccine, drug, or pharmaceutical product (such as that vitamin k shot that is routinely given to newborns) without being listed on the package insert. If you continue to have your child vaccinated or use drugs that could have peanut oil in them, your child's allergies could become much worse.
Your doctor doesn't want to make the mistake of assuming that your child's peanut allergy is mild when it isn't.
And there is a major study that was done that indicates that Tylenol may be responsible for childhood asthma.
I will leave it up to the others on this site to advise you as to when to use the epi-pen and when to hold off.

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2010 - 3:47pm
cmvervais's picture
Joined: 03/09/2010 - 16:21

You need to talk to your doctor about when or when not to use the EpiPen. Have you seen an allergist, or just a pediatrician? I would recommend seeing an allergist and having them give you a plan.
For my daughter, the allergist stated that I can try Benadryl if it just appears to be hives. If there are 2 systems involved, like hives and vomiting, then it's time for the EpiPen. Or if there are any other signs of anaphylaxis, like wheezing, difficulty swallowing, etc. then I use the EpiPen immediately. That is just what I was instructed to do for my daughter, you should ask your doctor more questions to get a definitive answer on your child. I know that some people use an Epi at the first sign of a reaction.
Peanut allergy symptoms can vary over time, so you should remain cautious. Your son may only have mild symptoms now, but that doesn't mean he always will.
It's scary at first, and I'm still learning, but it does get a bit easier once you are comfortable with the food you can eat and not eat.

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2010 - 11:32pm
TJP's picture
Joined: 04/06/2010 - 12:33

Luckily you child is old enough to tell you when then are not felling well. So hopefully you will be able to know better as to what meds. you need to use and when. If you are ever not sure I would say use your epipen.

Posted on: Thu, 04/08/2010 - 2:41am
BestAllergySites's picture
Joined: 03/15/2009 - 21:46

Welcome Addy's mom!
Ditto to what the others said, call up your allergist and ask what warrants an EpiPen and what warrants a wait and see approach.
Because an allergic reaction can turn from mild to severe--our plan states that if we "know" my son has eaten peanuts or a peanut containing item, that we should administer the EpiPen immediately.
Other than that--it's based on symptoms.
All individuals are different. You should not assume that your son's allergy is similar to your husbands. It could be, but it also could be more severe.
In fact, your husbands allergy could change over time and become more severe.
Also, so you know--children with asthma have a higher chance of having a more severe reaction. So be careful. When in doubt, administer the EpiPen.
Hope that helps!

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