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Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2008 - 11:18pm
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Hi...I am so happy to find this site!
Here's my story..my DD is 16 months old. At her 15 month pediatrician appointment, her Dr. said it was okay to introduce peanut butter. A little history...I have no allergies whatsoever, my DH is a few allergies but none are food related. My DD is a fantastic eater..she eats everything! Milk, eggs, wheat, strawberries...no problems. After I gave her a very small amount of peanut butter, she started having what I now know is a textbook reaction. Itchy watery eyes, blotches which turned to hives on her face and neck, runny nose, grabbing at her mouth, then coughing. As soon as it started to get really bad (i.e. I was starting to think of a trip to the ER....) she vomited and almost instantly started getting back to her normal self. I called the pediatrician the next morning (I now know I should have called that night), and was given a plan of action but little else. (read labels, avoid peanut products, call 911/give Benadryl if it happens again)
Since you all know this allergy much better than I do, based on my story, how serious was her reaction? Is there anything other than what the pediatrician told me that I should do at this point?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 12:11am
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Welcome to the boards!
first things first..I am glad your DD is doing well.
second..you need to get to an Allergist and get a perscription for an Epi pen or Twinject. Never leave the house w/o them or Benadryl for localized reactions.
Best of luck..this place is wonderful for information and support!

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 12:28am
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my son's reaction was much more mild the first time and he was a little bit older.
but... the crazy and scary thing about allergies is that you never know what the reaction will be. it could be mild, it could be full on anaphylaxis. it's completely unpredictable.
be prepared for the worst. and hope and pray for the best.
i second the need to have the epipens on hand.
i'm so glad your little one is ok.
you'll find lots of good information here.

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 2:18am
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What is the general age now recommended for giving PB to a child?? 3 years?
Anyhow, a peanut allergic person is very likely to experience anaphylaxis with ingestion. Peanut allergy is someone volatile. So yes, [i]immediately[/i] seek a doctor who will provide you with an epi pen jr. An allergist would be best, I believe. Your pediatrician seems less than informed.
Ask your allergist for a detailed allergy action plan. It will help teach you how to spot an allergic reaction. Never, never, never leave home without your epi pens and benadryl. Know how to use them, and when to use them. And even more importantly, never, never use the wait and see approach with the epi. It is always safer to give the epi than wait and wonder if you should. Little ones in anaphylaxis can deteriorate rapidly.
Never feed your child anything without reading the food label, read it every time. What was safe yesterday may not be today. Companies change things all the time.
Your child's reaction was severe. So many, many ominous signs. Very scary to read. I'm extremely glad it resolved, and very surprised.
Good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 3:16am
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Thank you for all of your responses!
One more question...I was under the impression that 2 is the youngest to use an epipen for this. To those of you with little ones under 2, is that incorrect??
Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 3:18am
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From epipen.com :
[i]EpiPen

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 3:26am
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Thanks for that info... She's only 23 pounds, so I guess that's why it wasn't given to me as an option. I'm going to call her Dr. for confirmation on that.

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 5:14am
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Even at that weight I think you should have an epi jr. For kids that really are too small they might give you a bottle of epinephrine and a needle - but either way you should have some form of epinephrine. I would call an allergist ASAP.

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 5:59am
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hi, sofiesmom! i had to respond, as our situation was similar to yours. we love our pediatrician, but were EXTREMELY disappointed when he suggested it was OK to give peanut butter to our daughter at 17 months. (and, of course, i knew better, even though, like you, we have no food allergies in our family).
as everyone has said, bypass the pediatrician (they know precious little about FA anyway, with the exception of a few) and get an epipen jr (my daughter was prescribed one immediately, and she only weighed 23 pounds at the time as well). good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 7:05am
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Thanks, ctmartin! I am going to go ahead and make an appointment with a pediatric allergist. I of course want to be as prepared as I possibly can be, and I'm just not convinced that "avoidance" is good enough. Thanks for your help!

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2008 - 7:20am
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Hi, my son is 11 months - he was 8 months when we found out - was getting tested for other allergies when peanut popped up.
we have the epi-jr - my dr did inform me that it is an overdose since he only weighs 23lbs-ish, but that we should use it anyway because of course if u dont, they could die and the overdose out weighs that any day. He said that there is little effect to the overdose other than heart rate and becoming jittery. But again, regardless, take the overdose.
Hope this helps
Also, I purchased the Peanut allergy answer book (which was mentioned to me on this forum to buy) and that really helped with my questions.

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