My son newly diagnosed with Peanut Allergy

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My name is Jennifer. I'm a stay at home mom of three kids. (Philly, PA) My son Shane will be 3yrs old this August. I had a feeling he was allergic to Peanuts, but I wasn't sure. Last year, I tried him with a peanut. As soon as the peanut touched his tougue he started to gag. I jumped up to my feet and removed the peanut from his mouth. I grapped a baby wipe and wiped his tougue, I know that sounds weird. I watched him closely, his gagging stopped no more choking. I was under the impression at the time, peanut allergy suffers face just blow up. So I waited alittle. Two months later Shane had a peanut cookie, same thing happen. Everyone around me was saying "OH, HE JUST DOESN'T LIKE PEANUTS, HE'S FINE." Though something was telling me they were wrong. I thought I was keeping Peanuts away from him but I was completely wrong. A few months later he got hold of a girl scout cookie with peanut butter and same thing happen. Also Shane has a severe allergy to dogs. His face swells with hives so bad his eyes close. This dog allergy was getting worse and he was developing nose bleeds while sleeping. His nose bleeds ended up breaking skins. Also he developed seasonal allergies. I said its time for a allergy specialist. Oh, I forgot. Shane has been dealing with Baby Excema since 4 months of age. Also Shane can not drink Apple Juice or Orange Juice, he cries for two days (like he has a belly ache). After saying all this to his allergist, they did a skin prick test. Shane tested positive for 3 different trees, grass, ragweed, dogs, cats, Peanut and Oranges. He was NOT tested for Eggs, Sesame, or Tree Nut. His next visit is August, I am going to ask for those test. I am overwhelmed with everything that contains peanut. I had no idea. Also I am getting mixed information on certain products .. Like Oreo's. As reading on here, I'm learning Oreos seem to be safe. One website I read said to be careful of Burger King due to Tree Nut in the onion ring batter. Whether that is true or not, I wish I knew the website I read it on. My son is not a good eater. Alot of food he has given me back in the past few months and told me NO. I'm having a hard time with him eating. I'm guessing he didn't feel right and gave back the food. I have notice he even licks food first before he eats something. Any suggestions, info or website would be appreciate. Thanks in Advance, Jennifer

By cervonil on Jun 18, 2010

Hi, Im new to this too, my 4 YO son was just diagnosed in April with a severe peanut allergy and now an egg allergy. It is totally overwhelming! I hear it gets easier. I don't have much advice since I am also so new, but see if there is a local support group near you. I think I found ours on the FAAN page. One mom on there has helped me tremendously, as Carter was diagnosed April 27th and May 28th I had to give him his epi pen shot by myself due to a peanut reaction(my husband was out of town).

As far as Oreo's - I e-mailed the company and they said the Golden and plain oreo's are made in a dedicated facility (peanut free - we didn't know about the egg deal yet). So I feel ok with him eating them. I am going to keep those aside as a special treat though since he won't be able to eat baked goods from birthday parties etc.

Good luck. IT is tough!

By JenC on Jun 18, 2010

Thank You for your help.

Yes, this is tough.

By cmvervais on Jun 19, 2010

My daughter is allergic to peanut, tree nut, and I have a suspicion to dog ... although that could be cross-contamination of the dog food with peanut. Anyway, it is difficult and life changing, but over time it gets manageable. The highest priority for me was making our home perfectly safe for her. Calling all the manufacturers on the foods we let her eat. Eliminating peanut products from the house. You have to realize that if you are in the US, manufacturers are not legally required to list if a product is made on shared equipment with peanut, only if it CONTAINS peanut. So it's very important to research the food you give him. Make sure you carry the EpiPen everywhere, and find a good allergist that is always willing to answer your questions thoroughly.

Good luck! This forum is a great resource.

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