Hi! I am Jennifer and I am a SAHM of 4 kids ages 13, 10, 4(until next week) and 21 months. The oldest and youngest are boys and the middle 2 are girls.
We just had a potential (likely) nut allergy reaction in the baby on Thursday I think it was. He had never had peanut products before and he wanted a snack. I gave him some of the store bought peanutbutter sandwich crackers and 2 hours later he had 3" long red welts on his thighs, shoulders, and chest with huge white blisters in the middle. I couldn't figure it out until I found his cracker crumbs hidden in the front room and it hit me...peanut butter!!!!!!!
I got ahold of our pediatrician and she said to keep him on benadryl for 48 hours and keep him doing aveeno baths a couple of times a day. THANK GOD he is fine now but I can't imagine what would have happened if I had let him eat more than 2 of those little things!
Hope to get very educated at this site!
Oh, he also has a severe red dye allergy. That's been difficult enough to remove from his diet!
On Mar 1, 2003
You should set up an appointment with an allergist as soon as possible. Your pediatrician should supply you with a epi-pen prescription to tide you over while you are waiting for your appointment. Until you know for sure that it is not a peanut allergy, avoid eating peanuts and peanut products in your home.
On Mar 2, 2003
Hi Jenn6: Wanted to welcome you to the site and tell you I am sorry to hear of your little boys reaction.
River makes a good point regarding finding out if it is indeed a pnut allergy or not. Unfortunately for the Pnut allergy, it is common for reactions to continually get worse. So it would be wise to have your son tested (w/a blood test). In our case our pediatrician was very familiar with peanut allergies (so we did not see an allergist), but many opt to see and are more comfortable w/ allergists.
On Mar 9, 2003
Hello I am a sahm to 3 kids 6yo ds pa, 4yo dd pa and untested 15mo. baby. I love this site. We are fairly new to pa. they were diagnosed in sept. I am still learning and I probably always will be. I look forward to seeing you on the boards. Melody