Has Your PA Child Had An Anaphylactic Reaction?

Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 5:58am
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Surprisingly, I thought I had already raised this question a couple of years ago. Did a search and it didn't come up with it. So....

How many of us posting have PA children that have had an anaphylactic reaction?

The reason I'm asking, aside from simply learning more about people's experiences with PA is to try to understand discussion currently underway in the Schools thread. I do believe whether your child has had an anaphylactic reaction factors into things (sometimes). Perhaps not. Let's see.

Yes, Jesse has had two anaphylactic reactions. His last one was at the age of 2-1/2 where he almost died.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 7:33am
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My DS has had 3 reactions that qualify as "anaphylactic" - 2 before we knew about his allergy, and one totally unrelated to his food allergies.
Thought it may help to say that his first 2 were to ingestion of PB.
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Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 9:10am
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Lam, you know me with my dazed and confused [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] memory - what was the other anaphylactic reaction to? Was it the Huggies Pull-Ups thread that was going before? Please forgive my memory. I am always interested in other things that do cause anaphylaxis. For example, it was interesting for me to learn that another member here had a child that was anaphylactic to cats. I had never heard of that before.
I understand why you felt the need to explain your answer further, because I did the same thing. It's okay if people just want to answer yes or no and it's okay if they want to explain further. Just exploring something.
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 10:35am
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Cindy,
Your memory is just fine! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Yes, it was the Huggies Pull Ups. I don't know why, but I feel badly about bringing that up sometimes - I guess because it wasn't PA related.
Why I clarified my answer - I just wanted to differentiate between anaphylaxis to contact or airborne as opposed to ingestion.
You've been asking a lot of questions of late - what's up?? If you don't mind my asking - you know my straightforwardness. (Is that a word?!?!?)

Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 10:52am
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Lam, thank-you [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] So, my memory isn't completely shot to heck. I don't know why you would be embarrassed to say it was the Huggies. I think it's almost essential for people to know that there can be anaphylactic reactions to other things than peanut products (or the other major food allergens or bee/wasp stings). Seriously.
I'm having difficulty with the school (it would seem, as usual [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ) and that's why I've raised a few questions. Then, to compliment or co-relate with those, Sue re-raised some of my older school questions that I had raised. So, if you check under Schools I have quite a few threads running but I think 3 of them are oldies.
I also finally got around to raising my next question re MKRuby's Mission Statement and raising the question from [url="http://www.allergicchild.com"]www.allergicchild.com[/url] that Nicole has given me permission to post here as she raises it on her website.
These two, under Living with PA, are just further exploration of members' children's reaction histories and I also think, for me, tied into the whole school thing that I'm encountering.
I know that I haven't changed my comfort zone and I haven't changed my requirements of the school, but there have just been a couple of things happen lately that have me exploring my comfort zone and how things do change as your PA child gets older.
And you know I love your straightforwardness (hey, you're THE teacher, you *should* know if that's a word - it would be in Cindy-speak [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ) so not a problem.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited November 19, 2002).]

Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 1:37pm
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We have not had an anaphylactic reaction. Sadly, it seems many family and friends think our dd's PA is not very serious because of this. I often get the Oh, but she has never... kind of response when they think I am over the top with my brand loyalties and label reading and not allowing ice cream, well you know. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] becca
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Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 11:42pm
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becca, take the information you get from here (and other sources) and use this to let your family and others know why you are "over the top" (if you will).
Because your daughter is young, if she can avoid peanut products and an anaphylactic reaction, she does have a 20% chance of outgrowing the allergy. It is my understanding that as soon as you have an anaphylactic reaction, that all goes out the window. So, by protecting your daughter in the same ways that those of us do that do have children that have had anaphylactic reactions, she may actually outgrow the allergy.
Aside from that, the strange thing about their comment about her never having an anaphylactic reaction is does she have to have one for people to understand that you are doing what you are doing to prevent one and prevent seeing your child almost die?
I completely understand where you're coming from and I also understand the comments you're getting. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we stopped getting those over the top comments after Jesse almost died. Even after his first anaphylactic reaction, because his Father didn't witness it (he was in denial), I still got comments from both his Father and my MIL (and probably others).
But no, after he almost died, people tend not to question my comfort zone anymore. Great, eh? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
I would just say something to that effect when you hear comments - what, would you like my daughter to have an anaphylactic reaction so that YOU can take her allergy seriously?
And you can also use the 20% chance of outgrowing if you avoid one thing also.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 11/20/2002 - 12:24am
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My son had 1 anaphylactic reaction at 2.5 years old. He was reacting to his first try of PBJ. We have, thankfully, not had any reactions since the first one. Hope this helps.
Kelly

Posted on: Wed, 11/20/2002 - 2:50am
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My DD had two anaphylactic reactions - the first when she was 2 1/2, before we knew she was allergic to peanuts, the second when she was 5, also peanuts, accidentally in her mouth, but not swallowed. Now she's almost 13, reaction-free for almost 7 years!
Both times severe swelling of the tongue and lips, eyes swollen, coughing and choking, hive and finally threw up. No seizures, though, thank goodness. But definitely within the terms of anaphylaxis. She has never reacted to smell or touch.

Posted on: Wed, 11/20/2002 - 5:21am
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I feel like a terrible mother but.........dd has had about 30 ( I think ) anaphylactic reactions. She is contact and airborne sensitive so we are keeping her at home. Almost all the time. I am tired and very frusterated.
The reactions, she gets hives, gets very shaky, upset stomache, throat swells shut, blisters in her mouth, at times blisters on her body, feels like she has the flu, and loses control of her bowels, can not walk.
And 'some people' still think I am a 'excitable mother', I think 'some people' need a lobotomy (sp?)!

Posted on: Wed, 11/20/2002 - 5:23am
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My son has had 1 reaction to ingestion that was catergorized 'anaphylactic'. That was his first reaction at around 1 1/2 years old. His second reaction happened when he was just shy of 2 years old,(to touching the crust of a PB&J sandwich); it compromised his breathing somewhat, but fell just short of doctors calling it anaphylactic.
I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the school. I hope some of these answers will help you find a solution to the situation that your child will be safe with and you will be comfortable with. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] HUGS for you!!
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