Nephew in hospital--think this is pa?

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 8:42am
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Hi all. My nephew was taken to a hospital in NYC this afternoon (still there now). He's almost 2, SIL gave him a little pb on whole wheat bread, put him down for a nap, checked on him and found him with hives all over his face,& face and eyes swollen. He was breathing OK. She called Dr., gave benedryl and told to transport to ER. They told him it looks like a classic case of pa. As far as I know, they gave him a dose or two of epi in the ER, and are watching him closely. After reading this site for the last year or two, it sounds like pa to me, too, however he is currently taking amoxicillan, and many members of our family are allergic to that, too. I should add my brother and mother are allergic to many, many things, as are all of the rest of us siblings, but no pa. My nephew has had pb before, absolutely loves peas and eats lots of them, and has also taken amox in the past as well. I know allergies can appear at any given time, so I was wondering what all of you think of this.

I also want to thank all of you for all the help and support and advice you give one another. I read this site because my son had food allergies a while back, he also has a pa girl in his class (and thanks to you, her mom asks me for help sometimes), and my daughter attends a pn free nursery school. I have already recommended this site to my brother, SIL, and Mom, so we may have some new members on this board.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 9:09am
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My advice would be to switch the amoxicillin *and* stay clear of peanuts until allergy testing can be done for both. I hope he is okay and gets to go home soon.
My dd ate PB for a couple of months, more or less, before I was certain she was allergic. Even then, I washed her up and her watery eyes, red cheeks and congestion went away gradually over the hour. She came back as highly allergic with a RAST of 4 when tested! Same for eggs.
Another anectodal story is a friend's child who reacted to penecillin after having it numerous times. It was also on the 9th day of treatment, and she got the most horrible rash.
So, I would recommend avoiding anything suspect and having testing done. becca

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 9:21am
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Thanks, Becca, that's pretty much what I was thinking. But what I forgot to add was that the hospital told the parents that he was too young to be tested. Is that true? I find that kind of hard to believe. I know my son was skin tested for various allergies when he was about 15 months or so.

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 9:58am
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AARGH! He is [b]not[/b] too young to be tested! When I hear that I go insane.
And I second the above advice. My PA son also became allergic to amoxocillin after taking it numerous times with no problem.
I hope your nephew is allergic to the amoxil rather than the peanuts! And I hope he's feeling better in a hurry.
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 10:06am
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My daughter was tested at 9 months; and to be honest, they said at her 6 month anaphylactic reaction, she should be tested right away - but it was a 3 month wait to get into see any available allergist.
Can you/your family speak to a pediatric allergist who has hospital rights at the hospital your nephew is in? Alot of medical staff may not know how typical it is to test very young children, especially once a serious reaction has occurred.
Warm regards,

Posted on: Sun, 03/16/2003 - 11:41pm
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This also sounds like PA to me, but I have to agree with some of the other posters here. You CAN be allergy tested at any age. My son's HMO fed me that line about being too young for five whole years! All those years of running my 'asthmatic' son to the hospital pretty much weekly and him living on a nebulizer in between bad attacks. I would have never, ever, ever figured out peanuts was the culprit. He didn't have the 'typical' reactions, but once we went peanut free, his asthma completely went away. Two years, wheeze free!
My daughter was tested at 18 months, just after spending a week in the hospital with a seriously enlarged lymph node from a strep infection. She had a mild reaction, which I didn't catch (as in, putting two and two together) and when she was given a couple of peanuts a few days out of the hospital while my PA son was away, she reacted again, so I cleaned her up, gave her benadryl and took her to the allergist the next week! She now has an EpiPen Jr.
One other thought, though. As we all know allergies can develop over time, could it be possible he reacted to the 'wheat' and not the 'peanuts?' He should be tested for both. Wheat allergies can be pretty nasty, too.
~Melanie

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 12:05am
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3mom, this sounds like a hard one. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] I'm very fortunate in that I knew straight away it was peanuts my son was allergic to. But given your nephew's history and your family history, I would want a full regiment of allergy testing done. It could very well be PA, but he could be allergic to a lot of other things as well, equally important to know about.
Glad you read this website, regardless [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Please let us know how it goes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 1:41am
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Hi 3mom, your nephew should definitely be tested as soon as possible. He is not too young. It's easy enough to avoid amoxicillan but if he is allergic to peanuts, his family needs to know now, because it requires significant lifestyle changes to avoid peanuts.
It's also wonderful to know that super moms like you are reading these boards to help other children in their communities!

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 3:36am
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Hi 3Mom.... I have to tell you my two year old was on amoxicillan for five days before he reacted. It was one of the worst reactions he has ever had his hives were actually turning purple. It can cause a nasty reaction and even death. I would stay clear of penicillin until he is tested. He is not too young at all. I have learned the reason they say that is because one it is uncomfortable, and two because a lot of kids outgrow their allergies they think by waiting until they are older to be tested it is less traumatic and the allergy may be gone by then test. Crazy if you ask me what... you need to know. Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 4:12am
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Hello! Just wanted to say that my son saw an allergist at 14 months of age (after an anaphylactic reaction at 11 months) and the allergist was the one who recommended skin testing immediately. That's when he tested positive for peanuts and almonds. We were worried that he'd be too young for testing, but our allergist said he wasn't.
We don't have anyone else in the family with peanut or nut allergies, either. We were pretty stunned when we found out what had caused his reaction. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
I'm curious . . . since your nephew had such a bad allergic reaction, did the ER doctor give him a prescription for an EpiPen Jr? If not, you might want to suggest that his parents ask for one so they'll be prepared if he ever has another reaction.
[This message has been edited by marina_twinmom (edited March 17, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 8:09am
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Sounds like the same reaction my son had the first time. HOwever, my son's blood pressure went really, really low. He was 18 months and was tested. It is never to early to test!

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 10:05am
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Just an update on my nephew. I spoke to my brother this afternoon, he said he seems to be fine now, just a little hyper from the steroid meds he's been taking (don't remember the name of the meds). He has an appt. with his pediatrician who also happens to be an allergist on Thursday and he thinks they will test him then. Brother did tell me that he has taken amox and eaten some whole wheat bread since then with no reaction, so they are thinking this is probably pa.
I'll keep you posted, and thanks so much for all of your help! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2003 - 7:02am
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Just spoke to my SIL, and my nephew is definetly PA. His dr. skin-tested him and he was a 4+. All other allergens were negative, including tree nuts. Fortunately for him, our family is extremely supportive--my mom's already scrubbing down her kitchen! My Dad, the confirmed "chocoholic" is giving up the m&m's, and has warned all the other grandchildren that they will no longer be in the house!

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2003 - 7:47am
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Sorry to hear that your nephew is PA, but how wonderful that your family is being so supportive. Many of us have *not* had that experience with grandparents [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] .
I guess we'll be seeing your SIL on the boards soon. We'll give her a big, fat welcome!
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2003 - 10:21am
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3Mom, sorry to hear that it turned out your nephew is PA but at least now you know. I am so pleased that you had found this site before the diagnosis. I can only say that his parents (and you) will find information, support, caring, and encouragement here, when you need us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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