Just found out our 2 YO has PA.

Posted on: Sun, 07/14/2002 - 11:28pm
yuckypeanutdad's picture
Joined: 07/15/2002 - 09:00

pJust found out our 2 YO son has a severe Peanut allergy.. About 4-5 months ago, I gave him a bite of a peanut butter cup and he went purple, threw up and then was ok but had a horse voice for the rest of the night... It was over and done in 30 seconds... I figured (stupidly) that if it were a peanut allergy It would have been worse, and he is known for throwing up foods he doesn't like. We kept a cautious eye to the situation and we were marginally carefull around peanuts but still had them around.... until the second attack... I was eating Peanut butter cups again [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img], and threw out all of the garbage but one of the little round, brown wrappings fell out of my hands on the floor without me realizing..... He had a second attack, but not quite as severe as the first. I later realied he had been sucking on the wrapping... We just took him for allergy testing...He is very allergic to peanuts and tree nuts... His test was 3++ on the Wheal scale... I know anything above 3 is considered life threatening, but does being only at three mean he's on the bottom of the "life threatening" scale?.. I was just wondering.. Maybe thats a dumb question. Either way, we have gotten rid of all peanuts at the house and cottage... We will not be buying any "may contain trace" products either.... And we have banned ourselves from eating ANY peanut products, even if im working and won't be near him for 8 hours, I still won't eat any....School is a bit away so we haven't given it much thought... He has 2 epipens.... So I just wanted to get my story up on the board, cause I think I will be taking part in the messages here.. And if anyone could answer my question about the Wheal Scale... that would be great.br /

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 12:30am
juliasmom's picture
Joined: 06/11/2002 - 09:00

Hi and as we all say, welcome to the club we wish we didn't belong to! My daughter is also recently diagnosed (PA, TNA, egg), and she's 2 1/2 years old. This site has provided a wealth of info and support. I'm sure many of the veterans will have good advice for you. The suggestion I'll add as a newbie is get an allergist you feel comfortable with, who will answer the many questions you must have.
Keep posting, and take it one day at a time. Best wishes,
Mary Beth

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 1:41am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

hello and welcome to the board my son also has pa thins xmass 2002 and he scort also a 3+ if i remember right he told us that this is very low but you realy never know when he hat his reaction it only took 5 minutes for him of having breathing proplems ,he hat hives allover his face and his eys where chut and he faelt very itchy in his troth ,so it realy doesend matter for the score ,some are more sensetiv and some are les but take it allways serios because you just never know,so again wellcome to the club we all wish we could stay away fromm and we all her
wisch you the best and if you have a qustion just ask
God Bless you Thomas and Marina
PS:sorry for my spelling i hope you understand me
ps again you know ehre allmost neibours i live in hamilton and work in stoneycreek??
[This message has been edited by Thomas (edited July 15, 2002).]

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 1:56am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Well, I guess I am the "veteran" here having dealt with a food allergic child for 7 years. My pa daughter was diagnosed by a skin test done due to her other food allergies. The skin test does not correlate with severity of the pa, but the CAP-RAST test (which is a specific blood test) does. My daughter`s CAP-RAST is very high. She had never eaten a peanut product in her life at the time she was diagnosed, so her high CAP-RAST had never been put to the test. Then a few months ago she had her first peanut reaction when she ate some imitation ice cream that I later found was on shared equipment with peanuts and not stated. The CAP-RAST correlates very strongly with the likelihood of failing a food challenge. She failed an inadvertent food challenge of a may contain.
About your child being known to throw up foods he doesn`t like, that could have also been an allergic reaction in the past (not just the time he ate the Reese`s, turned purple, and threw up). When you read the labels you will see that peanuts are in all kinds of unexpected products.
Since you are new, you probably have not seen my Petition For Accurate Labeling To Reflect Shared Equipment. I`m going to bump it up. It is on the Main Board. Please sign and ask your friends and family to sign. It will benefit your son, so that products that are may contains will be stated as such. Giving my daughter this product and watching her have a reaction because WholeSoy won`t bother to state that it is a may contain was really irritating. Not to mention the fact that each time I gave her this product not knowing it was a may contain, I decreased her chance of outgrowing the pa.

Posted on: Mon, 07/15/2002 - 2:14am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Welcome. My son is also two and is allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts. Good for you for staying away from all nuts even when you are not around your child. I feel the exact same way even though some people think I am crazy! Since our children are the same age I think you can appreciate this type of behavior: My son was playing in the rocks at a softball game yesterday and was actually being quiet for once. As I looked closer at what he was doing he was throwing M&M's that he discovered in the rocks!! I never would have thought about what kind of crap could be hidden way down under the rocks. I have known about his allergy now for 15 months and I never expected that one. Thank goodness I caught it before he put one in his mouth.

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 1:35am
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Joined: 07/15/2002 - 09:00

Thanks! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by yuckypeanutdad (edited July 17, 2002).]

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2002 - 2:17am
yuckypeanutdad's picture
Joined: 07/15/2002 - 09:00

The people who think we are crazy probably haven't ever had the experience of watching out for their childs [b]life[/b] on a day to day basis...
When it is your kids well being, there is no such thing as too careful, in my opinion.
Thanks for your comments, and I am so glad to be part of this board..

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