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Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2008 - 11:41pm
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Hi All,

I am new to this site and found it yesterday. I live in England and our health system works differently over here.

A couple of days ago I gave my 15 month old son a peanut butter sandwich. I was sat in the lounge and about 20 mins later he came in whinging and crying. He was due a sleep so I guessed he was tired and picked him up. I noticed that he had what looked like a nettle rash on his leg. I thought he had been bitten but when I looked at his face he had it all around his eyes and on his eyelids and under his neck. His skin went all red and blotchy and his eyes swelled up and across the bridge of his nose. He did get hold of my mop earlier and I wondered if something on there had irritated him but his hands and arms were ok. I was a bit puzzled but then remembered I had given him the peanut butter. I kept an eye on him and he just kept crying but it never escalated into a full blown scream it was more of a lethargic kind of cry. I gave him a bottle of milk and eventually he went to sleep. About five minutes later he woke up coughing. I gave him some milk and he went back to sleep but woke again a couple of minutes later coughing again. He actually made himself sick but then settled straight back down to sleep. I did wonder if maybe he had chicken pox because of the blisters but they had really gone down and he was left with a tiny bumpy rash on his face and all over his body with patches of it on his arms and legs. I was a bit puzzled and his eyes were still very puffy so i rang the doctor. She said that it could be chicken pox but if it was an allergy I should give him some Piriton as there wasn't really much they could do. I asked her if he should have an allergy test incase he had reacted with the peanuts but she advised that they don't do that unless the child had a severe reaction?? Over the last couple of days the rash has abated but he has dry patches where most of the rash was and I just wondered if anyone thinks it could be related to the peanut butter. I think I am going to have to give him some more peanut butter and see if he has another reaction. That way I will know for sure and can push the doctor then to get a proper diagnosis. When I think back he has had this mottled kind on rash a couple of times before but I have just put it down to him having sensitive skin. I wonder if it could have been a reaction to a food with peanuts in.

Any replies are welcomed.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2008 - 12:17am
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Hi,
As someone who has a child with multiple food allergies I have to advise against just trying peanut butter again. If it is an allergic reaction they tend to get worse with every exposure and sometimes exponentially worse. Of course I know nothing about your medical services. Here in the states if a child had a reaction like that they would get a scratch test or Caprast to give a diagnosis. I sure hope it is chicken pox related because I wouldn't wish the things I deal with on my worst enemy. Can you use a different doctor within your system to double check what the first one told you. Hopefully someone from England will reply to you. Good Luck!
Cindy

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2008 - 2:58am
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HOmestly, The last thing I would do is give him more Peanutbutter. ( I agree with the last poster... the reaction could be severe next time) Was that the first time he had it? When my son had an allergic reation he did throw up and then got really puffy eyes that were red he also got hives ( raised big red blotches that were itchy) all over. It started off looking like a sun burn then the red patches turned to hives. I would avoid peanuts. I would also make sure you keep some benadryl or anithistamine with you. I would ask for a perscription for an epi pen as well. Has be been sick lately? my son also had an allergic reaction to amoxacillan that came on much slower and was in his system for a few days before he got a rash.
good luck.. let us know what happens..

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2008 - 3:01am
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I would also suggest not to try the peanut butter again. Of course it is difficult to suggest what you should do with a different health care system than ours. Keep trying for an allergy test and best of luck to you and your family.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2008 - 8:55am
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Hmm. [b]I would recommend visiting a pediatric allergist[/b]. You don't want to fool with something serious like a peanut allergy. It certainly sounds suspicious. I would try to get him tested. Poor little guy--it is so hard when they are too young to explain how they are feeling. Do you have Benadryl there? If so, I would keep some on hand at home and when you're out, until you know if your son indeed has a peanut allergy. Good luck to you. I hope it [i]was[/i] just a virus as your pediatrician suggested. Let us know what happens.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2008 - 9:59am
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Highly likely that it is peanut allergy you're dealing with. [u]Do not[/u] give him peanuts again. Seek out an allergist, or speak with your pediatrician and demand allergy testing.
Peanut allergy can be deadly, and get worse over time.
Good luck.

Posted on: Sun, 05/25/2008 - 7:20am
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Hi All,
Thank you so much for your replies and invaluable information.
I WILL NOT be trying the peanuts again. I will go to my doc's on Tues (bank holiday tomorrow in England), see a different doctor and demand an allergy test. If they won't refer me I'll get it done privately. I don't think I have atually given him peanut butter before but he has come out in hives a couple of times. I could have given him something containing nuts but it wouldn't really have registered then.
Thanks again for the replies and pointing me in the right direction. x

Posted on: Sun, 05/25/2008 - 5:25pm
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Sorry about ur experience. That must have been pretty scary.
About the maybe giving him something and not knowing with the hives. My son is now just 1 yr and when he was little he had really bad skin, rashes and hives, and I just assumed that he had bad skin. When he was around 8 mths we had to get him tested for milk allergy (i though he was allergic to it), but turns out it was peanuts and egg whites. Since then we have gone nut free in the house and eggs - and now no more rashes!! His skin is perfect.
I was like you thinking no way he is allergic, he never had peanut butter yet, but we did have it in the house at that time. Looking back I know that I would give him some bananas cut with the knife that I had made myself a peanut butter sandwich. Or eaten peanuts then kissed him. So every little bit does effect them.
Hope it all works out for you.

Posted on: Tue, 05/27/2008 - 2:03am
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Hi All,
Just a quick update........I went to the doc's this morning and she has referred me to the paediatrician which is good. Unfortunately it could be a while before I get an appointment so in the meantime I have to avoid foods with nuts in. She was going to prescribe me an epi pen but wan't sure on the dosage for LO's so advised me to keep Piriton handy at all times.

Posted on: Tue, 05/27/2008 - 2:04am
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Hi larsbars,
I just happened upon a thread in the UK on anaphylaxis. They do have some info on food allergies, and it may help you find an allergist if you do not get a referal to one.
[url="http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/"]http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/[/url]

Posted on: Wed, 05/28/2008 - 8:40am
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bump for williamsmummy - uk poster

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