Has Your PA Child Been Sick/Hospitalized More Than Siblings?


This question actually came to me when I was reading another member's response as to whether we were fortunate enough to have a reaction free 2002. She had been, but noted that her child had been hospitalized or sick in 2002 regardless. This, of course, got me thinking.

Has your PA child been sicker (is that really a word?) or hospitalized more than their sibling(s)?

In our case, yes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Jesse has had two asthma attacks. Although his sister has been diagnosed as having reactive airway disease (which I posted about here when I was given this diagnosis and found out that it's basically the same as asthma - she's on the same meds). With his second asthma attack, he was hospitalized for a few days.

Also, Jesse was hospitalized when he was 2 for dehydration due to the flu. His sister was only 6 months old at the time, if that, and she ended up with the same flu, but didn't dehydrate the way Jesse did.

Jesse has had the three anaphylactic reactions.

From September month to May month here, we're on high alert, as a lot of families are, for colds/viruses. Jesse is the first one to get a cold/virus each and every time. Sometimes I'm even lucky and Ember won't get it at all. And with Jesse, it's his asthma that will flare up enough that he will need some Pedia-Pred (he hasn't needed that in at least two years, touch wood, but Ember has never needed it).

Out of the two children, Ember just seems to be a heckuva lot more resilient. She has had stitches from jumping and slashing her chin open and Jesse hasn't, but, again, when it comes to who ends up sick or who ends up in the hospital, it does seem to be Jesse out of the two of them.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


On Jan 2, 2003

My pa child doesn`t have siblings but she has been hospitalized a lot up until age 4. She was born with a hole in her diaphragm and her kidney and intestines were in her chest where her lung was supposed to be. She had surgery when she was one day old and was in NICU for 15 days. She was hospitalized several times afer that for reflux, and I`ve always wondered whether there is some link between reflux and severe food allergies (she is also allergic to milk and egg, and was allergic to soy but outgrew that).

On Jan 2, 2003

This is a big YES for us! Timmy was hospitalized twice before 1 year of age with pneumonia/asthma attack. Then again at least every other year, sometimes every year- I think he has been hospitalized 5 times in 7 years now. Becky my other pa child (who has almost outgrown it) has been hospitalized once at 4 months old w/ bronchitis. And my non pa son has been hospitalized once w/ a fever of 105.2 for four days at 19 months old. My youngest non pa daughter (4) has never been hospitalized.

Valerie PS: BTW- Timmy and Becky are the ones with Asthma, although we thought Becky had outgrown that also till the last week or so [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img], Timmy's asthma is pretty bad though the Singulair seems to be really helping with it.

On Jan 2, 2003

Yes indeed. 'Nuf said!


On Jan 2, 2003

No, never been hospitalized. thank God. He is 4 1/2.

On Jan 2, 2003

Yes, my daughter has been the "sicker" of my two children.

Although, my son has had a bad year with asthma, allergies (not Peanut -- hasn't been tested for it yet) etc. I suspect that when he goes for his allergy tests that more allergies will show up.

Until this past year, I always felt my daughter was the sicker and she is but my gut feeling is that my son is following in her "medical illness" footsteps. Something I really didn't want to happen. If my son ends up having to wear glasses like his sister I think I may lose it. I really wanted one child who was 'healthy' but so far it hasn't happened.

On Jan 11, 2004

I was just thinking today about how sick my 2 1/2 y/o has been (every three weeks she has something). I started wondering if it is normal, even with her being in day care. So I did a search and found some old threads. We only have 1 child so far so it is hard to tell if she is sicker more often than others. I just couldn't believe it - just a week (3 days technically) back on day care and she's got a fever and cold again.

Anyone else notice that their children with allergies get sick more often than others?


------------------ Mom to 2 y/o Karissa (PA >100 CAP RAST)

On Jan 11, 2004

Wow, I was surprised to see this one re-raised.

Out of my two children, now 8 and 6, I would still have to say that Jesse is the one who usually gets things first and hangs on to them longer (I mean viruses/colds).

Both have asthma but it's Jesse that has asthma flare-ups during the September to May months, never Ember.

In other things, I kinda find that they're balancing themselves out (and not really in a *good* way). Jesse had to have that urology surgery. Ember has to have eye surgery. Ember just got an ear infection. Jesse just got tonsillitis.

But, if you look at who misses the most school now that they're both in it full-time, it would be Jesse.

He really seems to have a hard time from September to May month each year and I know that I'm always thankful if we escape a year without him having to be put on Pedi-Pred for a week.

Last year, I had both kids to the E.R. for allergic reactions - Ember to a bee sting and it wasn't really an allergic reaction, it's just that the swelling in her lip, where she had been stung was so bad the pharmacist thought it might close her throat and Jesse for breaking out in hives all over from being in grass.

But again, as far as colds/viruses, it is usually still Jesse first. Ember does seem to be more resilient still but as I say, things seem to be balancing themselves out. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


On Jan 12, 2004

*knock on wood* none of my children have been hospitalized beyond when they came into this world.

Jason has had 4 ER visits (from swallowing a candy wrapper, two visits for stitches, and one for an anaphylatic reaction to peanut residue in dog saliva)

Joey (no allergies) has one in once for a gash to his head and once for a lip infecttion.

Allison (milk, melon and butternut squash allergies) has never needed to go to the ER.

With the boys, when one gets sick, so does the other. They're reasonably healthy though. Jason does tend to need albuterol when he gets a respiratory bug, but other than that, they're about the same.

------------------ Cheryl, mom to Jason (6 PA/TnA/other FAs and EAs),Joey (4 NKA) and Allison (1 suspected milk allergy)

On Jan 12, 2004

My children hardly ever get sick! Neither of them has been hospitalized (besides birth)

Trevor has had 2 ER visits, one for anaphylactic reaction, one for 105 fever.

Harmony has only been mildy sick (cold symptoms)about 3 times since she's been born. She's never needed to go to the ER.

------------------ Tina Trevor 8/6/01 Harmony 1/22/03 Baby #3 due June 24, 2004!

On Jan 12, 2004

I am definitely the "sicker" one in the family. I'm typically hospitalized once a year or once every other year for asthma. I get sick quite often (about once a month with some sort of viral infection)and have continual asthma symptoms. By siblings have never been hospitalized and are extrememly healthy. ALlison