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Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2000 - 3:19pm
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My husband and I have suspected that my oldest son may be allergic to peanuts for almost 2 years now but we have never had him tested. He has never liked peanuts or peanut butter so it is not difficult to avoid him from eating them. He knows often by the smell if something has peanuts in it. However there have been several instances where he has tasted a peanut and his reactions are becoming worse each time. A typical reaction for him would be to complain of his throat (even after smelling it). The last time was when he was at a friends house down the street and he came home, grasping his throat with saliva pouring out of his mouth and he said that his throat hurt. Still we put off calling the doctor not realizing how serious things could become. However today he tasted, to the fault of myself, cashews. He ate three small pieces and then I put them away to lay my youngest boy down for a nap. Within 15 seconds he had hives all around the outside of his mouth, 2 on his chest and one on his neck. Again saliva was pouring from his mouth, he was grabbing at his throat complaining of it hurting, he ended up vomiting, and having diarhea one time. I never realized how dangerous this could be. The nurse that I spoke to on the phone did not think that it was necessary for him to be tested however. She did call back several minutes later after talking to the doctor and she decided to prescribe a shot of epinephrine because of the speed of the reaction. She is also setting up an appt. for him to be tested. I feel scared, uninformed, and STUPID for putting this off. Is it normal for an allergic reaction to become worse? I believe this is the first time he actually ingested a nut and it does list on the can Peanut and/or Cottonseed Oil. Is this referring to the refined or unrefined? I never knew there was a difference until tonight when I started searching for information.

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Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2000 - 4:44pm
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pNaomi,br /
Let me tell you about my son. He never liked the smell or taste of peanuts. At the age of 3, I got him to taste pb. His complaints were the same as you described for your son. But after a few hours, he was okay. I told his pediatrician of the reaction. He wasn't concerned (I know a whole lot better now). His only advice to us was that if it happened again make sure he didn't asperate on the vomit, that was the only serious side affect he could foresee. So, with this advice from the pediatrician, we weren't too concerned. Just made sure he didn't eat nuts. Last November, however, at age 7, his class did a party with nuts. The teacher had given prior notice to us about it, but no one was too concerned. Alex did not eat the nuts, only handled them. He had a MAJOR reaction. Swelling (that took 4 days to go down) and hives. His new doctor, treated him and gave us EPI pens. Three weeks later, he sat near kids eating PB and reacted again. After that reaction, his dr. set up an appt. with a great allergist. /p
pSo, Naomi, yes these allergies can and do get worse. I'm glad your son will see an allergist. I just hate that it takes so long for the general medical personel to send a child in the right direction when it comes to PA. I'm glad you have found this site. I've appreciated all of the information and support here. Continue to look around.br /
Thanks everyone.br /
Michelle/p

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 10:54pm
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Irwin,
I am so sorry that you son had to have such a inconsiderate teacher. You think after talking to her before school started that she would have informed you that she will be cooking and using peanut butter throughout the school year.
You need to write letters to your superintendent and to your Coordinator of Special Education.
I had a meeting for my 504 plan. I live in Pennsylvania and in our school district all of the personnel were fantastic trying to cover every base to protect my child.
NO his classroom is not peanut free. Drew does not react unless he touches peanuts etc.
But he does have an enabler who sits in his classroom because of his allergies.
She wipes down the tables and DD's chair and any toys that he wants to play with before he touches them. When he has to go to speech or computer class she goes right before him to clean those chairs and tables also. Drew has his own keyboard so that they do not have to wash that. Only the first time.
I have other things in my 504 plan.
I have other posts here under schools if you look. I know that they pertain to Penna Schools but maybe if you copy them and take them to your schools Special Education Coordinator this may help you in your fight to keep all of your children peanut free.
Best wishes to you,
Renee

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 11:36pm
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Renee,
Thank for responding, I did write a letter to the superintendentlast friday today it thursday morning hopefully ill here from her today.
I'm glad your school is working for your child safty.
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Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 7:23am
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Lots of stuff! Cheese crackers, potato chips, Nutri Grain bars, yogurt (like Go-Gurt that you can freeze ahead of time and easily pack in a lunch), string cheese sticks, fruit leather and pretzels are my daughter's favorites. Her fave sandwich is jelly and cream cheese, but she also eats all types of cheese sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, lunch meat and those cracker snack pack Lunchables (although sometimes we need to swap the desert for a non peanut candy). There is also soy nut butter which is peanut free, perhaps your child would find that to be an acceptable sub.
Good luck and thnaks for being concerned about your child's classmate!

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 11:05am
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Donna-I would also like to express my thanks for you caring enough to find this website for suggestions for a safe lunch for your non-allergic child. Peanut allergies are deadly and it is sometimes very difficult for us who have to deal with this to get other people to take it seriously.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 12:09pm
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My son also takes bagels with cream cheese, baby carrots and ranch dressing dip, leftover pasta, pasta salad, leftover pizza, and English muffin pizzas. He's not crazy about sandwiches, but likes bread and butter with whatever else he's having. Rice cakes with cream cheese, muffins, leftover pancakes or waffles with syrup for dipping, and cheese and crackers. Roll-ups made with tortillas, meat, and cheese. If you send meat, use blue ice or a frozen juice box to keep it cool.
It seems hard at first, but in the end I think it helps lead to a more varied diet, and he's learning an important lesson about helping other people. And he can still enjoy peanut butter at home! Good luck.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 2:41pm
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I also send single serve packs of applesauce or fruits like peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, etc. In season my child also likes any type of cut up melon like watermelon or cantalope which keeps well with a blue ice pack. I use the semi disposable brand of plastic containers in case it doesn't make it back home. Cottage cheese, breadsticks, various stuffed dough things like mini calzones and believe it or not, homemade sushi rolls with cucumber, avocado, carrot or egg. Canned tuna or chicken, cinnamon bread, raisins, marshmallow anything.
Thank you for checking out the website and posting. It is really hard to change your diet, but the other child will be much safer w/o peanut and peanut residue around. The immune system will react to really minute amounts of allergen, and peanut butter is very persistant as the oil content and "stickiness" make it hard to clean completely with the casual wipe up most likely used in the classroom or lunchroom.
When people are skeptical about how little peanut is needed to trigger an allergic reaction, I try to remind them that the body doesn't need visible quantities of germs to get a cold or other disease. The immune system responds to germs we can't see, and it will respond to allergens we can't always see, like dust or pollen. If there is more pollen in the air, hay fever gets worse. Hay fever sufferers don't have to see the pollen to know it's a heavy pollen day, they KNOW they feel rotten when there is more in the air.
The peanut allergic can react to quantities of peanut that also can't be seen with a special sort of quick, violent and potentially deadly reaction triggered in the immune system.
Most schools simply request no peanuts w/o a lot of explanation. It takes some effort to understand this type of allergy and all the foods and other products with overt and hidden peanut. It's more than most people want to read about.
Please save the peanut butter for before or after school. You could actually be saving a child's life as dramatic and overwrought as it might sound. If you are a mom at my child's school, thank you for making the effort. It means a lot to my child's health. If you are at another school, thank you anyway, for there is probably a worried mom just like myself there.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 1:43am
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The thermos is a great invention...with it you can send:
soups
stews
chef boy ardee like canned stuff
kraft dinner
chicken nuggets
beans
hot dog weiners, (put the bun separate)
french fries
and just about anything else they like to eat warm.

Posted on: Sat, 10/28/2006 - 3:30pm
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If it was a reaction to peanuts, it certainly could continue for several days. Did you have other symptoms besides breathing trouble?
Can you make an appointment with an allergist? Do you have an Epipen?
If you still don't feel right, I would urge you to seek a second opinion.
Do you think you know the source of your exposure to peanuts? Are you still being exposed to whatever caused your initial symptoms?
I think you definitely need to talk to an allergist who can help you create an allergy action plan. Sometimes, it is hard to decide if you need to use epinephrine and/or go to the hospital. A plan of action will help you make the right decision in an emergency.
I hope this helps you and that you are feeling better soon!
Cathy

Posted on: Sat, 10/28/2006 - 11:33pm
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I would second the action plan.
I've had a reaction that lasted four days, and that's after using the Epi and Benadryl.
Do you feel better after having some benadryl? That may help determine whether this is a reaction. If so, then you may feel bad again after the benadryl wears off.
I would make an appointment to see an allergist to deal with this reaction if you can and get an Epi prescription if you don't have one for the next reaction.
There's lots of great info of these boards. Welcome.

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