My NON PA son had a food reaction on xmas!

Posted on: Thu, 12/26/2002 - 10:19pm
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Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

He was eating the usual snacks.. crackers, cheese, pretzels etc.. I noticed a blotch on his face but didn't think anything of it since he's always banging some part of his body! My SIL commented about his face and I turned to look and his whole face was inflamed! There were quarter size hives I guess you'd call them.. looked more like welts to me. His face was also started to look swollen! My SIL is a pediatric nurse so I asked if I should just give him the epi pen but she suggested benadryl first. It didn't take long for the benadryl to work thank goodness.

I searched my brain for what could have caused it. There was shrimp on the table so my first guess was he came in contact with it. I know he did NOT eat any so I was thinking airborne or contamination. Then I remembered something. Several months ago Jackson had a HORRIBLE rash all over his face for a 4wk period. I took him to the doctor 3x but nothing worked to clear it. He looked like a leper! Finally, a week before we were going to see a dermatologist I was brainstorming and remembered I changed elmo's dog food b/c it had peanut shells in it. The rash started at the same time I made the change! I checked the label, called the VET and we determined the only different ingredients were fish meal and fish oil. I changed the food a 3rd time to a peanut and fish free one and presto! His rash disappeared instantly!!

Well, on christmas my SIL had a dog named Jupie who was giving Jackson kisses! Just about 15 minutes before I noticed his face, Lisa was telling Jupie to stop kissing Jackson! Sure enough, Jupie's dog food contains FISH MEAL!!

So now I have to call the allergist and figure out what all this means! If he is allergic to fish, that's another of the FATAL food allergies! If he reacted so seriously to the dog's saliva, what will happen if he ingests it himself!! I cannot believe this happened again on Christmas!! Two years ago we found out about the girls and now Jackson may have a fatal food allergy!


Posted on: Fri, 12/27/2002 - 12:30am
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Joined: 05/30/2002 - 09:00

Sorry to hear about your son's reaction on Christmas. It's hard enough to deal with it on a good day but even harder on Christmas when you so want everything to be perfect for them. Try to hang in there. Like anything once you know exactly what you are dealing with, it will make it easier to cope with.
My son also had a reaction on christmas morning. He ate what I thought (and even actually checked into) was safe candy. It was extreme pops. They are supposed to be peanut\nut free and they may be but he definitely reacted to something (or possibly could have been the flu but I don't think so). He has multiple severe allergies so possibly may have contained traces of egg or milk. I emailed the company and they had said that there was no chance of cross contamination so obviously i'm still confused.
Anyway, he was completely fine when he woke up. He ate one of the jelly suckers and within 5 minutes he complained of really bad stomach ache and shortly after his temperature shot right up and he vomitted---no hives. I gave him medication to bring his fever down and Benadryl and he felt better soon after and without symptoms for the rest of the day. So could have been worse.
Hope the rest of your holiday is reaction-free. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 12/27/2002 - 3:24am
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Lisa, how old is Jackson? How old were your daughters when you found out they had food allergies? What other food allergies does Jackson already have and at what age did you discover these?
Has he ever eaten fish before? Has he ever eaten shellfish before?
Since Jesse's reaction last week, I did double check here to see if it was more likely that Jesse would develop another food allergy since he was PA. The answer was yes.
So, since Jackson already has food allergies, sure enough, probably can develop a new food allergy quicker than the next child.
Is fish one of the 8 major allergens or is it shellfish in particular that is? I know that we had those little cocktail shrimp on a ring a few nights ago, just really for DH and I, and even though I allowed my daughter to try one, I didn't want Jesse to try one. Thank heaven sometimes that he's such the picky eater that he is because he took one look at it and said "no thank you". But, had he tried it, I would have been on pins and needles. I know I raised a question about that before as well - are we, as PA parents, more nervous of our children trying the other foods that are well known for anaphylactic reactions or scared of them being stung by a bee more than our non-PA children. Yes. Yes, we are.
I am SO sorry that this has happened. I found it very upsetting that it happened to our family a week before Christmas, but right on Christmas day, and possibly something new, my soul.
It does sound like the dog food (especially after your great explanation about Jackson's long standing rash until you changed dog foods) rather than a mysterious cross contamination reaction.
When you allergy test for fish, do you have to test for a specific fish, say salmon, or how is it done exactly? Do you know?
I think I've fairly well concluded that I need to have Jesse tested for sesame seeds after his reaction last week. I know that it could have been PA residue but my gut is telling me, test for the sesame seeds.
I would have your guy tested for fish however they do that.
I hope everything is okay now and that you and Jackson are doing okay. Big hugs! [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 12/27/2002 - 1:28pm
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Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

The major eight allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. Fish is considered to be different from shellfish. Fish allergy is less common and usually less severe than shellfish allergy. Our allergist won`t even let us try shellfish until age 18, whereas he let us try fish at age 5. And yes, if you have one food allergy, you are more likely to have another. It is still disheartening to find out that instead of one you have two or instead of two you have three. When they skin test, they do it to a specific fish or a specific shellfish (like shrimp or scallops), just like when they skin test for tree nuts it is for a specific tree nut or several. I`m not sure about RAST though.

Posted on: Wed, 01/01/2003 - 9:50am
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Joined: 05/21/2002 - 09:00

My PA son is also very allergic to dog saliva (or more specifically the protien in the saliva). If he gets licked by a dog he breaks out in hives.

Posted on: Wed, 01/01/2003 - 9:51am
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Joined: 05/21/2002 - 09:00

My PA son is also very allergic to dog saliva (or more specifically the protien in the saliva). If he gets licked by a dog he breaks out in hives.

Posted on: Wed, 01/01/2003 - 11:27am
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Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Do you think it could be something in the dog food or dog biscuits? I was thinking that if people who eat peanuts have peanut protein in their saliva for six hours, maybe dogs do too. I have read on these boards about people having reactions after being licked by a dog, and later finding out the dog food or dog treats had peanuts.

Posted on: Thu, 01/02/2003 - 2:54pm
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Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

I had read a story about Extreme jelly pops that may help you...follow this link! After reading this I couldn't believe that the company didn't tell you that their product had a warning issued by Food inspection Canada!
I think I'd be contacting someone about this...
[This message has been edited by KarenH (edited January 03, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 01/02/2003 - 9:45pm
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Joined: 05/30/2002 - 09:00

Thank you so much Karen. I will definitely be following this up! I had actually emailed them twice just to be safe. We were completely in the dark on this until now.
Thanks again!! My poor little guy. I always feel so guilty at times like this.

Posted on: Thu, 01/02/2003 - 9:46pm
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Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

How disgusting - - letting a dog lick your face (or your child's face) - - not to say dangerous. Animal saliva carries all sorts of viruses dangerous to humans... and dogs can also sometimes "nip" when they don't mean to!
(JMHO) [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/03/2003 - 5:10am
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Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

Wow Nick... why don't you be a little more RUDE!
I am not that uptight that I get freaked out over my children getting their face licked by a family pet. The dog belongs to my SIL and BIL and my children have known her since she was a pup... that's about 7yrs now. Please don't try to tell me how to raise my children.
AS for those inquiring about the allergy.. my son has no known allergies.. that is he has yet to be tested for any. I have called the allergist and he is going to be tested in Feb. I have contacted the dog food company and they have advised me of the exact fish they use in their food so we are going to test him for them as well as peanuts and eggs (two girls are PA allergic). Hopefully, I'll have some more answers in Feb.


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