My DD just diagnosed with allergy yesterday

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 1:21pm
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Hi! I'm new here. My little angel baby was just diagnosed yesterday with a peanut allergy (by skin prick test). I've been so upset about this. She is almost 2 1/2 yrs old. Well, I thought I'd introduce myself here, but I'll post some questions under the appropriate forum. I found this web site and think it's GREAT!!!

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2008 - 11:37pm
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Hi Mom2angels, welcome to the board. I know its hard to hear about this allergy when your child is any age let alone this young. At first I thought my dd would have such a bubbled life that she would never be able to do anything. However, with more knowledge and experience I hope you find it does get more easier to live with. Not perfect but very manageable. While it has been awhile for me, there are lots of others here who are new to it just like yourself. May I ask what your dr. recommended in regards to the allergy? Some doctors only hand out the epipen and fail to add any further info.

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:24am
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Hi,
Just want to say welcome! I've been at this 2 1/2 years, we found out just after my son turned 3.

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:31am
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WELCOME! I'm fairly new at all this myself but have gotten some wonderful information from everyone here that has made me feel at least a little "sane" in dealing with it. I found out about my DS's pa when he was only 4 months old and now that he is 13 months old it is getting more and more challenging that he is eating table food and so much more mobile. Information is certainly empowering though. I recommend the Peanut Allergy Handbook by Dr. Michael Young. It is an easy read and full of good info. Welcome!

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 1:04pm
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Thanks so much for the replies. It is definitely very scary. To SkyMom---the doc basically gave us an epi pen and answered our million questions. He was very nice, but I left there unsure of many things. The doc has a peanut allergy himself, and has had it since early childhood (he looks to be in his 40's), so it kind of helped to hear how he handles it. He basically did the SPT and discussed our results. He only tested her for peanuts and a few other "legumes". That was it. He told us to avoid tree nuts, even though we're not sure that she's allergic to them (which we planned to do anyway). I just hope and pray that I don't live in fear like this for many years to come. I also PRAY PRAY that she may grow out of it. I know, there's only a 20% chance, but I'm hanging on to that. What do most allergists do at the first visit? Just wondering about other's experiences.....

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 10:35am
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Sorry so late in getting back to you. I am so glad to hear that your doctor answered many of your questions. My dd's allergist did not go into much detail. Glad to hear you got many of your questions answered. There are many different experiences of initial allergist visits. Some have gotten thorough explanations and others had to learn much here and elsewhere, including myself.

Posted on: Tue, 02/12/2008 - 10:08am
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Sorry for the Diagnosis. My son is 7 and was diagnose at about 2 1/2. The best advice I can give is read labels. ask questons. always carry the benedryl and epi with you. After a while it gets easier...but each age and stage carries its own challenges. Lots of great info here. ask your allergist if there are any local support groups It help me a lot.
Therese

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2008 - 8:46am
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You are definitely not alone and you found a great place to talk about everything you are going through.
Definitely ask lots of questions, become informed, and ultimately trust your gut when it comes to the safety of your child!

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