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hi, we were just told to today that our daughter has a peanut allergy, though we did not have a skin test nor a blood test done to confirm. we were given the epi pen jr prescription and told to come back in 3 months. She'll be 9 months old then. apparently the doctor thinks that her symptoms that I told her about were enough for a diagnosis. I'm definitely wanting a blood test (well, I think) to find out what else she may be allergic to. We've had different reactions with her. The first couple were blood streaked in her stool after I had a pb&j sandwich (I'm a nursing mom). My pediatrician said I could still eat them when I nursed, now I'm thinking that I caused her allergy. On New Year's Day our 5 year old daughter ate a pb&j sandwich and then kissed our 6 month old on her cheek. Within minutes the baby's cheek flared bright red and looked like it had welts on it. I washed her cheek with cool water and noticed my 5 year old still had some remnants from her sandwich on her cheek. I told my husband that I really, truly suspected the baby to be allergic. The following day we were at a family party and I was telling members about the suspected allergy. Moments later my daughter again kisses her baby sister on the cheek after eating things such as peanut M&Ms and a cheeseball that was coated in nuts. She did it so fast I said, "wait", right as her lips touched the baby's cheek. Again, minutes later a small raised bump appeared where she kissed her. Within moments it grew to a dime size, then quarter, then a much larger irregular shape and her cheek was bright red again. From these events the allergist today said she does have an allergy. She also said that most allergies are when the person consumes the food not usually when someone is kissed on the cheek by someone who just ate the allergen. Can anyone tell me what they know? Also, if I'm to post things like this can you direct me to the proper place? I'm loaded with questions.

thanks!

By Mrsdocrse on Jan 16, 2011

Hello, I am sorry that you have had this diagnosis. I am sure your head is in a spin thinking about it. My son is 10 and has allergies to Peanuts and shellfish. The reaction you discribe sounds like hives. My son has definately has gotten hives from comming in contact with peanuts. The reaction is mild ( just hives in the area that was touched). If he has ingested it there are other symtoms. (vomiting, hives all over his body, swelled up lips or eyes.) He has not had respitory distress. ( at least not so far.. ) I wipe the area touched with clean cloth- soap and water. Give benadryl for the hives. You should get an action plan from your Dr. Since your child is so young, not sure if they can have benadryl. When my son first got a reaction he was less than 2 years old I think. Some Dr's do not test babies that young since they are too little. Results are not always accurate. I think they waited until my son was over 2 to test. ( skin test) The web site FAAN website has lots of info that you will find helpful. For now... I would do you best to keep the PB away from your baby. I choose to make my house peanut free but not everyone does that. I would definately make your older child wash up with soap and water before kissing or touching your baby. Good Luck!

By nicksmom2448 on Jan 18, 2011

Oh I'm so sorry about your little one! How scary!

My son was a little older, but not by much, 14 months and the pediatrician recommended us to a pediatric allergist. The allergist did both skin testing and a blood work-up. It was helpful to know what else he was allergic to (egg at that time and grass pollen, still). It was miserable to hold a small child still with pricks all over his back, not to mention holding him down for the blood draw! But, it was so good to know the results and oftentimes there are other allergies that are diagnosed, too. My advice would be to get a referral to an allergist.

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) website is: http://www.foodallergy.org/

This website is awesome too! There are a lot of support groups out there as well and you may find one near where you live.

Julie Mom to Nick age 13 and packing his own emergency medicines wherever he goes!

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