Need some help working through Class 6 RAST Results.

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 9:27am
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How common is a class 6 RAST result for PA?
I'm frightened with these results!
Class 6 parents do you enforce strong PA/TNA rules at school? My allergist scared the heck out of me too. We have known my daughter was severe but never had the RAST test done & I wasn't expecting such a strong off the charts outcome.

She has previously been a 4+ on Skin Prick testing & she has asthma.
Due to epipen placement problem in school & lack of classroom safety I have filed for 504 to protect her.

Thanks..RObin

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 9:38am
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Hi Robin! My 7 year old is a class 6 and is VERY sensitive (touch and smell) to pn/ and tree nuts. Her first reaction was at 18 months old and it was just to touching an empty pn bag on an airline. Due to her HIGH RAST test class and sensitivity as time has gone on, we have a strict pn/nut free classroom and they have 1 table in the lunch room for kids who bring pn/nut products to school. She has a 504 and it has helped us out in the last 2 years of public school. Her 2nd grade class has a few kids with pn/nut allergies in it, and the other parents of the kids in her class had to sign a form saying they were willing to have their child placed in a pn/nut free class. They don't allow any pn/nuts or anything with pn/nut traces in her room. The kids wipe hands in the morning before they enter the class and each time they leave the classroom. She is VERY touch sensitive and has had occasions of severe hives due to oils left on surfaces, so that is why we have put all these steps into place with her 504. It has worked out really well for us!
I do recommend you getting a 504-it is nice to have in writing what you are asking the school to do for your child's safety.
Is your child touch sensitive? How old is your child?
Shandra
(mom to Madeline 7-pn/tn/soy and Grant-3 no allergies)

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 9:41am
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Hi Shandra,

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 9:54am
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Shandra - thank you for your response.
My daughter is 6 & has showns signs of topical sensitivity although she hasn't in a very long time & none at school yet. We never experienced an airborne reaction.
I appreciate your experience and suggestions since I am thinking through a 504 or Individual Health Plan right now.
Wondering was the school supportive of your efforts & did they assist in education of classmates & parents?
I see you've been a member for quite some time wondering if you know if a class 6 is common have you seen in mentioned in threads often?
How do you handle playdates with your daughter? My daughter is craving independence but I feel uncomfortable having her go to any friends home - playdates are at our house.
Thanks Again

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 10:30am
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Hi Robin! Yes, the school was very cooperative and worked with us in educating the staff and parents. If we asked, they did it. No matter what it was, or how crazy it may have seemed to them. It was all due to the documentation we provided from her allergist and her primary care doctor. We gave them the letters when we met to draw up the 504. After the 504 team saw the documents and met with my dh and I-they basicly said whatever you need us to do to keep Madeline safe-we will do it.
I truly believe that they were willing and able because of another family in our town. They have a pn/tn allergic child that attended the same school the previous year. She sort of "paved the way" for us-and I am very thankful for that. It made it a little easier when we enrolled our daughter in the school.
Playdates are a big thing for us also. Usually I HOST and let her invite friends to our house-but she is also wanting to be more independent now so I have had to re-think the whole playdate thing. I have a few friends that I trust COMPLETELY (and their kids are in her pn/nut free class this year so they "get it" even though their child is not allergic). I had to FRISK them-so to speak-and fill them in on how severely allergic she is. I give them the run down and I send a safe snack with her to eat while there. I also don't leave her for too long-try to make the playdate just a few hours. I am honestly a nervous wreck but suprisingly she has been very responsible and calls me with any questions or hives she may get. I guess the playdates will get easier as she gets older and more responsible. She actually has spoken up about lotions to a mom and asked the mom to put it away since it is not safe! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Very proud of her for that!
Please email me if you have any more questions-I know how overwhelmed you are feeling and the questions that pop up. WOuld love to chat with you more.
Shandra

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 10:51am
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Welcome Robin, I am a fellow parent of a Class 6 child. I wrote about it yesterday under the heading of "We Just Joined the RAST > 100 Club", meaning the actual number instead of the classification. Several people responded, so if you read through the thread, you can kind of get a head count of people here that are classified in the same range as you are dealing with.
I don't have much advice for you because I too am kind of reeling from the news myself. It just flat out stinks! And there is no getting around it.
But at least you aren't alone around here, and some how that does help me deal with it.
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Sherlyn
Mom to 6 year old twins Ben & Mike - one PA & the other not.
Stay Informed And Peanut Free!

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 11:44am
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Hi Sherlyn - I just read your post a little while ago. There didn't seem to be a real lot of responses & I've been looking through the posts for the past two weeks trying to absorb everthing I can about the allergy. I haven't seen alot of reference to Class RAST designation. But I guess what I have learned from the posts is a peanut allergy is fatal no matter what the level. It's a number that will haunt me though. I am still in shock & thank god that we have been lucky with her safety because we have just finally got a good understanding with what we're dealing with & I suspect alot of sleepless nights. My son is 3 with severe TNA skin pricks of 4+, of course after seeing my daughter's results I have to get him RAST tested as well - I'm sure to need tranquilizers soon!
I thank you for your response & hopefully visions of 6's won't dance through our heads tonight!
Robin

Posted on: Sat, 01/07/2006 - 1:38am
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My son's RAST results are class 6 also. I plan on goingthrough the 504 process when he gets to elementary school. He is 2.5 years old now.

Posted on: Sat, 01/07/2006 - 8:58am
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Hi Robin,
Welcome! My DD also has a Class 6 RAST result...diagnosed 2 years ago this month. She is touch and airbone reactive and has had a number of "mild" reactions. DD is 8 and in the 3rd grade and I have to say, our elementary school has done all that I have asked thus far. We do have a 504 in place...but, I have to confess, only did so this school year. Although our district is not peanut-free (in my dreams!), I feel DD is as safe as possible in her school setting. Shy of home-schooling her (which, believe me, we've seriously considered), DH and I feel she is as safe as she can be while out of our direct care. That is not to say, however, that I am without worry...every day is a challenge for me to keep my worrying in check!
As for playdates...our comfort zone is very tight with respect to this. We're blessed to have a fairly large circle of friends, both from school and long-time, who truly "get it." With those people, we don't hesitate leaving DD in their care for a playdate. The challenges for us come with birthday parties of kids who DD knows from school who aren't in "the circle," or events through Brownies or camp. In those instances, either we don't go (if that's OK with DD) or we bring our own food/snacks.
The challenges that come with having a child that is severely allergic to peanuts is all-consuming...I think one's family life changes dramatically...every detail must be thought out to be as safe as one can be. However, in our case anyway, now that we've gotten the "hang of it" somewhat, and the shock is gone, we handle it. Scary moments will come...vigilance has to be a daily theme...but, it can be done.
Good luck to you and your family as you begin to learn about this allergy. This site has been a great source of information and support for me. I've been here since Day 1, but have only very recently begun posting...took me a while! I say, get as much info as possible, but let your common sense guide you.
Take care,
Lisa

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 9:38am
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Hi Robin! My 7 year old is a class 6 and is VERY sensitive (touch and smell) to pn/ and tree nuts. Her first reaction was at 18 months old and it was just to touching an empty pn bag on an airline. Due to her HIGH RAST test class and sensitivity as time has gone on, we have a strict pn/nut free classroom and they have 1 table in the lunch room for kids who bring pn/nut products to school. She has a 504 and it has helped us out in the last 2 years of public school. Her 2nd grade class has a few kids with pn/nut allergies in it, and the other parents of the kids in her class had to sign a form saying they were willing to have their child placed in a pn/nut free class. They don't allow any pn/nuts or anything with pn/nut traces in her room. The kids wipe hands in the morning before they enter the class and each time they leave the classroom. She is VERY touch sensitive and has had occasions of severe hives due to oils left on surfaces, so that is why we have put all these steps into place with her 504. It has worked out really well for us!
I do recommend you getting a 504-it is nice to have in writing what you are asking the school to do for your child's safety.
Is your child touch sensitive? How old is your child?
Shandra
(mom to Madeline 7-pn/tn/soy and Grant-3 no allergies)

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 9:41am
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Hi Shandra,

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