HELP! Am I just becoming too paranoid?!?

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/1999 - 2:40pm
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

I went to my mom's today and when she held my 15 month old dd she began to scream and pull at her nose. It turned red. I took her outside and she calmed down, but when my mom came out she started this all over again. It turns out my mom had bathed in an almond scented gel, but when she looked at the bottle it said nothing of any kind of nuts, just artifical stuff (I am going to call on this one...). And we thought my dd was only allergic to peanuts, not tree nuts. My mom went upstairs and bathed and came back down and my dd was alright! This was so weird. Could the smell have bothered her? THEN...tonight I made her some noodles with soup poured on top. It is the only way I can get her to eat vegetables. We used a new kind tonight. It was Campbell's Chunky vegetable soup. It says NOTHING on the label about any nuts. She ate all of it, but then when I was wiping her face she started screaming (This is nothing new! LOL) and a huge red spot appeared on her cheek. I thought I saw a hive and ran and got some Zrytec and gave it to her. She immediately stopped crying and the spot faded away. My husband thinks it was from rubbing her face, but I've become sooooo PARANOID I just can't stand it! Will I ever relax? I just want to cry!!! What do you think of these reactions? Does the first mean she might have an allergy to tree nuts, too and what about this soup? She did have a new cracker about an hour and a half prior though...UGH! Do I need to get her tested for tree nuts? I just don't know cause her skin test was negative for peanuts, but the oral challenge proved otherwise so I don't know how much I would rely on it. She has also had a rash on her for days now and a different ped said it was due to a viral infection she has (She has a bad cold.). But, I recall the last time she had shots this happenned. She also has had a huge dry patch by her eye for a couple of days now. I'm just freaking out everytime I see ANYTHING on her body and if she looks funny I spaz out. Help! Shan (Sorry to ramble for soooo long! LOL)

[This message has been edited by Shan (edited July 01, 1999).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/1999 - 3:32pm
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

I remember reading somewhere that Campbell's labelling is not very reliable in terms of listing peanut -or possible peanut- ingredients. My son had a very similar reaction to Spaghetti O's (also made by Campbell's, but under the Franco American label). Same red spot and everything. All Campbell's is now off limits to him!

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/1999 - 7:04am
armiger's picture
Joined: 05/15/1999 - 09:00

You poor thing..I think the kids will live through this better than us sometimes!! [img][/img] I have to tell you (Shh..don't tell anyone else!), every time Brady gets so much as a bug bite, I freak out! I am constantly asking my poor husband "Do you see this red mark, what do you think that's from?". Yesturday we saw these huge red welts on the top part of her foot where her leg ends and the foot begins, I was ready to call the ped. I was worried for hours about this, then my husband went to put on her new sandals and we realized that they were bruises from the new leather sandals!! So, I calmed down and scoured two malls today to find a soft water shoe for her!! That's why I love these boards, at least I know I'm not the only one!! Tammy

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/1999 - 2:51pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

Hi Shan
I don't use Campbell's soups anymore since I found at least two types - i think they were both vegetable soups - with hydrolyzed plant protein listed as an ingredient. I called Campbell's to ask what the protein source was (ie soy or peanut or what) and was told that that was "proprietary information" despite having explained about my daughter's allergy, etc. So I chose to no longer use their soup since I couldn't be sure.
It maybe a peanut thing - but also remember that kids with sensitive skin, like a tendency to eczema may sometimes react to contact with acidic foods like tomatoes - even without really being allergic to them.
take care

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/1999 - 3:39pm
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

Deb, I have a friend whose daughter reacts to acidic foods such as tomatoes, she also has eczema and a number of true food allergies.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 12:06am
tracy's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

Interesting... I remember a friend of mine telling me her peanut-allergic son had a reaction after eating spaghettios (I think it was spaghettios) but she had no idea why.
I think any company that withholds vital ingredient information should be aware of the potential consequences. Is Campbells part of a larger corporation; if so, what company?

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 12:35am
Patti's picture
Joined: 01/27/1999 - 09:00

I had checked on Campbells soups a while ago (Food Manufacturers Section). They had told me if peanut was an ingredient or if there was a chance of cross contamination, they would list it. They also make other things like Prego spaghetti sauce etc., but they are their own company. Look under Food manufacturer section. At that time I was not overly impressed with them, but that was the info. I was given.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 12:42am
Patti's picture
Joined: 01/27/1999 - 09:00

P.S. Shan I am one of those paranoid ones too. With a big P!!! My 3 year old daughter will often scream at me "To stop looking at her". I often go through minor panic attacks during new situations and new foods and sometimes feel like becoming a hermit in my own home. Some days are better than others, but when I do see a spot on her face or shes itching her eyes, I go crazy. We know she has multiple allergies so I often don't know what is bothering her. She sometimes gets very whiny and moody and I don;t know if this is somehow related to allergies or her just being 3. I wait for the day when she can become more informative about how she is feeling. Maybe its just dust in her eye or a mosquito bite. But for now I just watch her. Who knows - I just try to take it day by day and become informed and of course pray for that vaccine.
Good luck Shan I know you have been through a lot lately.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 12:52am
LauraT's picture
Joined: 04/20/1999 - 09:00

You said it was vegetable soup. Were there any peas in it? You may find that your daughter has problems with many legumes not just peanuts.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 5:44am
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

Thanks everyone. I'm staying away from Campbells for the time being. Anyone know of a safe vegetable soup brand? As for the peas, she has had them fine before unless something has changed. Also, eats string I dunno! Shan [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 07/15/1999 - 9:08am
Sandy's picture
Joined: 05/27/2002 - 09:00

Hi Shan,
I know what you are going through. My son is also allergic to peas. I gave him Campbells soup. He broke out in hives. I gave him peas and his body was covered from head to toe with hives!. The hives lasted for days. They then went away for a week, and they came back on different parts of his body, at different times for over 2 months!! The allergist said that it is still coming out of his body when he sweats. The allergist said that if a child is allergic to peanuts, then they should stay away from peas because they are in the same family (legume). My son can't eat Zoodles or spagettios either. He throws up also. There must be something in it to cause this reaction. I also stay clear of string beans. Even though my son can eat them with no problem, I was told by the allergist that he will eventually become allergic or anaphylactic to them if I keep feeding it to him. My son loves the idea that he doesn't have to eat his "greens". When we eat peas (cooked in a seperate pot and seperate cutlery used, and not washed in the dishwasher. I wash it seperately in the sink.) I give my son extra salad, or broccolli instead.
stay safe


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