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Posted on: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 8:23am
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Hi, my name is Steph and my 12 month old daughter, Violet, seems to be allergic to peanuts. She had a reaction to a couple of peanut butter and jelly sanwich crackers several weeks ago, the first time she's had actual peanut butter of any kind. Her lips swelled.
She's had ezcema since she was about 3 months old, the past 3 months being the worst. She's been on and off the nebulizer since January for wheezing. I notice her wheezing and coughing after meals sometimes. I do believe she could be allergic to other things but I'm unable to pinpoint anything specific.
The allergist did the scratch test(don't know what exactly it's called) with all neg results. Just had her blood taken today(is this called the RAST test?) so we will see what happens. The allergist seems to believe she is definitely allergic to peanuts and said no nuts of any kind. Prescribed 2 epi pens, Zyrtec, and steriod cream for the ezcema.
I'm sort of freaking out here because I am realizing the seriousness, and at the same time we still don't know exactly what's going on. I have read the blood test can show false results, is this true?
I have also read that reactions to foods can happen hours later. My worry is dinner and bedtime...can she have a fatal reaction 2 hours after dinner when she's in bed when I'm not monitoring her? Help.

I am thankful to find this place and appreciative of any links or advice or words of encouragement. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 8:50pm
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Hi Sandra and welcome!
I cannot begin to tell you what help this site will be to you.
Be prepared to spend a lot of time on this site as it can be a bit addictive lol.
If you are anything like me and a lot of others on here, you would have been told about your childs allergy and then sent on your way with a head full of questions.
I have found loads of answers on this site and answers to questions i hadnt even thought about.
The people here are very friendly and helpful, if you have any questions dont hesitate to ask and someone will help you.
Have you got Epipens?
Arlene
DS age 4 peanut/treenut allergy.

Posted on: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 12:53am
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Sandra,
I also have twins with one peanut allergic and one not. They are 7 years old and she was diagnosed at 18 months. It has been challenging but her twin brother is still her biggest champion.
Please let me know if you need anything.
Anita

Posted on: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 8:50pm
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Hi Sandra and welcome!
I cannot begin to tell you what help this site will be to you.
Be prepared to spend a lot of time on this site as it can be a bit addictive lol.
If you are anything like me and a lot of others on here, you would have been told about your childs allergy and then sent on your way with a head full of questions.
I have found loads of answers on this site and answers to questions i hadnt even thought about.
The people here are very friendly and helpful, if you have any questions dont hesitate to ask and someone will help you.
Have you got Epipens?
Arlene
DS age 4 peanut/treenut allergy.

Posted on: Wed, 02/01/2006 - 12:53am
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Sandra,
I also have twins with one peanut allergic and one not. They are 7 years old and she was diagnosed at 18 months. It has been challenging but her twin brother is still her biggest champion.
Please let me know if you need anything.
Anita

Posted on: Tue, 07/13/2010 - 10:52pm
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You poor thing! So glad you called 911 - very smart. It is all very scary and overwhelming! I also want to tattoo peanut allergy on his forehead ;) Your allergist should help answer a lot of your questions. I'll try to help with a few.
Since your son has already had an anaphylactic reaction he is more likely to have that type of reaction again if he ingests peanut. But reactions can vary - depends on many things. How much he ingested, what type, how his immune system is at that moment. You just never know and always have to be prepared meaning having Bendryl and epi pen with him AT AL TIMES! and be prepared to use it. When in doubt use it.
The allergist will test for tree nuts as well - but regardless they'll probably tell you to avoid all tree nuts as well due to cross contamination.
check your local library and get some books on food allergies, peanut allergies. I have read a few and am now reading How to Manage Your Child's Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life by Linda Marienhoff Coss. LOVE this book!
Also, try to find a local support group, I think I found mine through FAAN.
http://www.foodallergy.org/
Good luck, it is scary, but I hear it gets easier once you learn how to manage things.

Posted on: Sat, 07/17/2010 - 10:20pm
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Hi
I am glad everything is ok now. Scary experience. In the begining I felt just like you. I thougt... Oh god we are not going to be able to leave the house, ever! But after you get used to the idea it is managable. We have successfully gone on vacations to Canada, on Cruise Ships, we fly a couple of times a year. We eat out a couple of time a month. It can be done. My son is almost 10. I took all the "peanut products" including the may contains items out of my house. Read all the food labels of products you buy. If one of the ingredients is one of the 8 major allergens, it has to be listed. Most companies put it bold. Alot of companies also list it if it "may contain, or made in the same facility" FAAN is a great website to visit for lots of helpful info.
Therese

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2010 - 11:26pm
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Thank you for the responses. I am starting to feel better and more in control. Last Friday I had plans to take my son to a children's show and then out to lunch. I was very nervous, but called the restaurant in advance and then again let them know about his allergy when we got there.
Everything turned out just fine, I feel like it was a victory for me, I wanted to back out of the plans but knew I couldn't. I can't shelter my son to the point that he doesn't get to experience life. I am still nervous about restaurants and other public things, but I am learning to take baby steps and to not be afraid to question people about what is in the food they are preparing.
I have also found a local FAAN support group and look forward to meeting other parents dealing with FA.
Thank you again for the advice, experiences and kind words!! I am starting to feel normal again :)
-Jeannine

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