mom of a newly diagnosed PA


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!

On Apr 22, 2003

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.


On Apr 22, 2003


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!

On Apr 22, 2003

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

On Apr 22, 2003

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!