Hives at School

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 4:36am
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For the past several months DD has gotten hives and/or redness (sometimes itchy) at school. The kids share supplies in a bin per table. I was concerned about contamination (child eating peanut/nut cereal or eggs for breakfast, chewing on pencil then my child touches it). So I gave her own pencils/crayons to use. Still, there are a few other items that they all use like markers for dry erase board, etc. It's morning kindergarten so there is no food other than the snack I approve daily.

Today she developed 2 hives on her face. By the time I got to the school she had a third. No breathing problems. No throat swelling, etc.

In all cases of her hives once I brought her home, they go away. They just develop at school. She is also on Singulair, which I thought would help with allergies.

Anyone have similar experiences, know what this is or any input/recommendations?

Thank you!

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 6:13am
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My PA DD has gotten a couple of hives at times at school. Sometimes it was a little itchy redness. She's in 1st grade. It actually didn't happen in kindergarten, only this year. Most of the times it was on her back or neck, and we were trying to find out where she was getting exposed to peanut residue, but now we think that it was from her newly-diagnosed latex allergy, in places where her skin touched elastic in her clothing. But she has at least once had an actual hive on her face, then after it went away another showed up on another spot on her face. Since we've had no reason to believe she ingested peanuts and she had no other symptoms, we've handled it by having her or the nurse wash the spot with soap and water, and if she goes to the nurse, she'll put hydrocortisone cream on it. They've mostly gone away while she was still at school. These things can be such a mystery. I think it's a good idea for your DD to have mostly her own supplies, but like you say, there are things they kind of have to share. And it's hard to know if kids with allergies have generally sensitive skin or if they're really coming into contact with their dangerous allergen. Three hives would worry me.

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 10:29am
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Quote:Originally posted by PA-Mom:
[b]For the past several months DD has gotten hives and/or redness (sometimes itchy) at school. The kids share supplies in a bin per table. I was concerned about contamination (child eating peanut/nut cereal or eggs for breakfast, chewing on pencil then my child touches it). So I gave her own pencils/crayons to use. Still, there are a few other items that they all use like markers for dry erase board, etc. It's morning kindergarten so there is no food other than the snack I approve daily.
Today she developed 2 hives on her face. By the time I got to the school she had a third. No breathing problems. No throat swelling, etc.
In all cases of her hives once I brought her home, they go away. They just develop at school. She is also on Singulair, which I thought would help with allergies.
Anyone have similar experiences, know what this is or any input/recommendations?
Thank you![/b]
Do you have hand wiping or washing set up in the classroom? DD's class wipes their hands when they enter the classroom in the morning and after recess and lunch. It seems to help and her class has fewer absences due to cleaner hands! Also, the allergist recommended a daily dose of Zyrtec to help control minor contact reactions and environmental allergies. That seems to be helping, too.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 10:47am
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My son has gotten some welts around his eyes at school once. I just washed off his face(I happened to be there) and gave benadryl...he was fine. I still have no idea what caused those...it happend right after he came into the lunchroom, to his peanut-free table..so probably some residue that wasn't cleaned. My youngest gets hives on her stomach alot, I am trying to figure out why actually...I am goign to wash all her clothes in sensitive-skin soap and see if it helps.
I think you are trying to pinpoint as best you can. Can they maybe have all the kids wipe their hands in the morning as they coe into class? Then giving her her own supplies like you did. Maybe come in after school and just really wipe everything down really well(maybe help the teacher) might be helpful. If it continues I would maybe keep her home until they figured out what was causing it, I would with my son, if it continued to happen(I usually let it happen once or twice without saying something...but document the dates as refrence) let the teacher or principal know what you have been trying to pinpint, if they could also help...if it continues you will keep your daughter home until it's taken care of....not sure if they would then step up and try to figure it out or just let you keep her home....hopefully try to figure it out. Anyways, started rambling there, sorry! HUGS and good luck!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 10:52am
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When my dd was in first grade (she'snow in 4th,she started developing hives inschool quite consistantly. I racked my brains tring to figure out what it was. They always occured after lunch. She sits at a peanut free table and she always eats what I pack her. Anyway, long story short, we finally determined that she is allergic to cold weather. The hives we caused by her skin being exposed to the cool air at recess, and not food related at all. The symptoms improved wheb she was diligent about wearing gloves ans keeping her jacket on. It didn't have to be all that cold to bring on the hives. Sometime a cool spring or fall day (50 degrees) were enough to bring them on.
Just an idea to ponder. Beleive me, most people think she's lying when she says that she's allergic to cold. Good luck.

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 12:39pm
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I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this. I was in your shoes when DD was in 1rst grade--it went on for 3 weeks and we think we figured out what caused it, but we are still speculating the cause. (I will try to link my post from years ago).
Her class was pn/nut free. The kids wiped upon entering (every time). She used her own supplies. She sat at a peanut free table at lunch, etc etc. We had everything we could in place. Her hives would go away when I got her home, just like your child. People tried to tell me they might be "stress induced", fifths disease, or sensitivity to cold , but I knew she wasn't like that at home or when she played outside at home, and we did multiple tests for viruses/bacterial issue/etc.
We finally found out that the janitors had just shampooed the carpets one weekend, and we think that is what caused it. We had the schools air out the school for a weekend after 2 weeks of the daily hives (yes, it was even in the dead of winter here in NH) and within a week it stopped suddenly.
So bizarre. I am so sorry you are having to try to be Nancy Drew and figure it out. It is so frustrating and hard to find out what the cause is. Ask the school if they are using any new chemicals/soaps/cleaners in the school?!? Worth a shot to at least ask. I am crossing my fingers that you figure it out and that the hives stop. It is so hard, I know. Good luck. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Shandra
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