mom of a newly diagnosed PA

Posted on: Mon, 04/21/2003 - 3:26pm
ErikaM's picture
Joined: 04/22/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone! I'm new to this website, my 14 month old daughter was just diagnosed w/a peanut allergy, +3, last week. My husband & I were not surprised by the bad news, due to the fact that our daughter had had 2 "skin" reactions last month after someone eating peanuts had touched her. I work in the medical field, & I received training in school about anaphylactic shock, food allergies, etc., so I knew when she reacted just by being touched, it had to be a peanut allergy. But of course, we had hoped & prayed for it to be something else, but unfortunately, it was not. The strange thing about it all is that I never ate peanuts, peanut butter, etc., when I was pregnant or breastfeeding, because I had read a long time ago about those things increasing the risk of a food allergy in the child. However, I do suffer from "seasonal" allergies, quite severe, so the allergist said that is probably what caused it. That increases the risk of a child developing a food allergy by 20%. So we are taking things one day at a time, & thanking the good Lord above that we found out about her allergy the way that we did, in a "mild" form, which was the skin reaction, & not by her going into anaphylactic shock after eating something w/peanuts. We have had the Epi-Pens since last month, after she had the 2nd reaction. I took her to her pediatrician 2 days after that, & told her I wanted as many of the injectors as the pharmacy had. We just took her to the allergist last week, as they were booked solid until then, & the diagnosis was confirmed by a skin test. I am so glad we have the internet in this day & age, it is such a tremendous help to know that we are not alone in our worries, fears, & ever-constant vigilance w/our daughter. Hello to all of you, I'm glad to be a part of this webboard!

Posted on: Mon, 04/21/2003 - 11:59pm
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Welcome Erika!
You'll find lots of good info and support here. It sounds like your background really put you ahead of the game.
I look forward to seeing you on the boards.

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 4:05am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

In Feb (4 days before my daughter turned 2)I was going 80mph to the hospital. I had just asked my pediatrician if I should hold off on any foods becuase I had been so strict with her on food items and he gave me the go. I knew to wait until 2 years old for peanuts. Well unfortunately, it isn't 2 but 5 they tell me now. I also thank God that I knew that it was a peanut reaction within the first minute or so. I had also given her soy and penicillin within 5 minutes so I was hoping that it was the penicillin but the tests came out peanuts and the rest is history.... I thank this board for all their advice and support becuase I have to admit I have been having anxiety problems and I couldn't have gotten this far without knowing other people go through the same thing and how they have coped. I have read everything and we go to another allergist tomorrow and I am ready with my list of questions.
I am happy you are a member and I know you will find all the support you need here.
Keep your little one safe!

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 4:25am
Codyman's picture
Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

You are sure to find lots of useful info. on these boards.

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 5:06am
ErikaM's picture
Joined: 04/22/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone, & thanks for welcoming me! After I got off the internet very late last night, I was feeling much better for finding this website, & echoing what most of us feel, knowing that my family is not going through this alone. I appreciate all your well wishes & welcomes, I know the support from this site will be a big help to each of us trying to deal with such a serious allergy. Take care, & I hope to be on the boards often!

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