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Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2001 - 12:40am
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pHello, I would like to introduce myself. I have a thirteen month old daughter who was just introduced with a peanut allergy, among other allergies, egg, wheat and dairy. Needless to say it has been overwhelming. I have to admit I had no clue of the severity of a peanut allergy. I am so glad to have found this site. Of all her allergies, this one scares me the most. I have also been through the guilt because I did eat peanut butter every day while I was pregnant with her. And, this makes me so mad because I read many pregnancy books, and not one mentioned the possibility of a peanut allergy resulting in your child. Well, I know I have a lot to learn and am really glad I found this site./p

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2001 - 3:45am
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Joined: 04/06/2001 - 09:00

Hi there. My son Michael has PA. If you read my story above, you will learn the severity of his allergy. I wish peanuts would be banned from all foods, who needs it!?? Anyway please do not take lightly, this PA. Because it almost took my son's life 1 year ago this month on the 27th. There are so many foods that are mislabeled out their. My son used to eat m&m's, not anymore. Becuz now on the pkg it says"may contain peanuts", after our scare with this, I read everything.But especially in cereals you can be too sure. Even though we have the epi pen on hand, that is no guarantee that the reaction wont be a severe one. I am scared to death now. And before this happened to us, I didnt give it too much thought, and I KNEW he was allergic. But this was a wake up call for me, one that I wont ever take lightly again. This is so serious and I dont know why these food manufactures arent taking this seriously. I guess it wont happen until a loved one of a big wig at these company's fall victim of false labeling. Maybe then our plight will be understood, take care of your little one.

Posted on: Wed, 04/18/2001 - 11:47am
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Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

I just found out today that my asthmatic son is allergic to peanuts. I, too, am completely overwhelmed and weirded out. He is 5 1/2 now. I also have a 5 month old daughter who I am worried about, too. I guess mostly because I feel a lot of guilt as well. My biggest craving during both pregnancies was peanuts. Not just peanut butter, but peanuts. I must have had 50 bags of peanuts during both pregnancies and a gazillion sandwiches, to boot.
I think there needs to be more serious research into the correlation between pregnancies with high doses of peanuts and the allergy compared to those who didn't eat a gazillion.
Ah well.. I know it's not my fault, but it still feels that way.

Posted on: Wed, 04/18/2001 - 1:57pm
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Joined: 03/26/2001 - 09:00

Please don't think much of the breastfeeding and PA allergy. I breast fed my last two and the 5 1/2 year old has the PA and I ate peanut butter maybe 2 times the whole pregnancy and while I nursed. The 2 year old I ate alot of peanut butter while pregnant and nursing and she has no allergies at all. I had to wait until the middle of the night to eat Peanut butter items, then wash everything carefully, if my PA daughter woke up after I had eaten it, my husband would go care for her. I didn't want to expose her to it, but still craved it sometimes. Mostly Peanut butter cups or peanut m&m's. I don't belive that breast feeding and eating the peanuts have much to do with each other. If you look through the sites, you will see people who had twins or triplets who nursed all, and usually only one had the allergy to peanuts. So I question that. Good luck, there is alot to learn. Just be persistant!! Never give up, you can make it, once you have enough information you will challenge others who dont' understand the allergy or blow it off. Take care.

Posted on: Sat, 10/26/2002 - 9:16pm
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Joined: 10/17/2002 - 09:00

Hi Robin ~
Welcome to the site. I'm sorry to hear about your son's allergy. It's tough in the beginning isn't it? I just wanted to make one point. Make sure you have the Epi Pen, Jr. I've talked to others who have been prescribed the wrong pen for their toddlers. I'm shocked that the doctors AND pharmacists both sometimes make mistakes on this but it happens.
Good luck and if we can help, let us know. I have 3 children (16 years old, 8 years old and 21 months old). The 8 year old is allergic to peanuts and all nuts. He has an airborne problem...staying 2 steps ahead all the time is the challenge! ;-) Nicole

Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2002 - 3:09pm
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Joined: 09/28/2002 - 09:00

You poor thing! I'm in the same boat too. Is there a specific question we can help with? I'm new here too but I'll help with anything I can. I find lots of great info searching too. Just let us know!
Vanessa, mom of a daughter with multiple severe food allergies, aged 15 months.

Posted on: Wed, 10/09/2002 - 12:27am
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

Hi all just got yopur email thanks littlev as mulitiple allergys to feathers,dust mites,cats,horeses,misc.molds,trees,grasses,weeds,milk,eggs,and soy. So far. boy is it hard to find bread with no soy not to metion anything else with no soy. Going to have a holloween party instead of door to door.Going to have her retested for pa to see were her levels are,shes a 4 on a scale o 0-6.Trying to get books in the school for the childern,as well as staff in about a year i would like to make the school a nut free school going to get speackers on behalf of all alleric childern,and a dieticanery i know i ddid not spell that right. Any one who can give me adivice on the order i should present thi up comming events for the school i would apprecate it as well as a support group in my area hope all is well to day. Thanks USMC4ever its good to hear from someone.

Posted on: Tue, 09/23/2003 - 11:36pm
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

I just need to add to Little V's list
of known allergen's
As of 11-02 Rocephin
As of 9-24-03 Nickle
Love this site

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 11:45am
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Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

Hi and welcome! I have a 10 year old son with PA. He has an older and a younger sibling with no food allergies. Obviously, with two it is probably twice as stressful. Have they had many reactions?
[This message has been edited by PattyR (edited October 02, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 1:56am
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Joined: 10/01/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for the welcome!! No, they have not had many reactions. My daughter is nine and has only had one reaction when she was three. My son has never reacted but tested positive. I thought maybe they had outgrown it and had them retested a few months back. My daughter's class was higher but they were both still allergic. We carry out epi-pens with us and are always ready for a reaction. However, we don't make a big deal of it. We use common sense and do not eat peanuts nor still close to anyone else that is eating them. All of our family, friends, and church members are very understanding and watch over them diligently.

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2002 - 6:36am
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Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

Hi and welcome! This site has been a life saver for many of us!

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 12:51am
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Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi, and so sorry about Justin, but stick with us and you will learn lots.
When you have time, go through the boards and read. You will get to know everyone here a bit, I just started in November so I'm fairly new.
How did Justin react to his first exposure?
Let us know.

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 5:19am
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Joined: 01/15/2002 - 09:00

Hi Cathy,
I'm Lisa and also new to this website after my 15month old daughter was diagnosed with peanut and egg allergies. I live in Northwest Indiana and am looking to find moms in this area that are going through the same thing. I'm sorry to hear about your experiences. This website has really been helpful for me - hope you find the same!

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 5:51am
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Joined: 01/15/2002 - 09:00

Welcome....I am fairly new here also. In early January my 13month old son was diagnosed with PA after he had a reaction to his first taste of peanutbutter. The first week was horrible but now I am beginning to get a grip on how to feed him. Since we both kids around the same age I would like to correspond with you through e-mail. My son is 14 month today. My e-mail is [email][/email]. Good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 7:08am
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Joined: 02/05/2002 - 09:00

Thanks, all. Justin reacted quite quickly to the peanut butter. I was cleaning the kitchen while he was eating (a few bread cube sandwiches with PB on them). I was a little wary, knowing a penaut butter allergy is always a possibility. I don't think he ate more than a teaspoon, but his color started changing (seemed redder), then he started rubbing at his face, and I noticed his "voice" was a little odd and his right eye started puffing up. I immediately got him out of the high chair and went to call the pediatrician. Since it was early in the morning I had to leave a message with their service--it took 15 minutes for her to call me back! As I was talking to her Justin threw EVERYTHING up (nice mess) and the ped. told me if he was having any trouble breathing, take him to the ER. So that's where we went! By the time we got there he seemed a lot better (I imagine getting it out of his system helped), but they checked him out and gave him Benadryl. So scary.
ANYWAY, and maybe I should make a separate post about this, did the rest of you have your children tested after an allergic reaction? Is he too young to test? I would love to know how severe his allergy is but have no clue how to go about it. We see the pediatrician in March for a well-baby visit.

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 10:17am
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Joined: 08/06/2001 - 09:00

Cath127 - my experience was exactly like yours. When my son was 13 months old, I gave him a lick of PB off a spoon, and he instantly broke out in hives. Called the ped, gave him Benadryl and he was fine (no breathing problems, no vomiting). Took him to an Allergist/Immunologist for a CAP RAST blood test, and he scored 2 1/2 on a scale of 6. I got prescriptions for EpiPen Jrs. and have one with me at all times. I preferred the blood test to "scratch" or skin tests, especially since Strader was so little at the time. This site will be a lifesaver for you. Be vigilant about everything he eats -- read labels and drum it into your friends and family that your child is allergic. Don't despair: My son is almost 3 and has never had another reaction. Good luck and take care!

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2002 - 7:44pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi there,
Yes definitely get your child tested and no he is not too young. My daughters initial reaction was at nine months where I put a pinprick sized dot of peanut butter on her top lip and within a minute her top lip was swollen with blisters on it. I mentioned this to the doctor who immediately referred my child to an allergist to be tested. After she was tested we knew the severity of her allegy which allowed us to prepare. She rated 4/5 at just over a year and at last testing ( nearly three years)was in the group 5 category 5/5 (our most severe).(I'm in Australia test scores are slightly different.. I didn't know about the options of different tests prior to hours worth of reading here. Please research well and insist on the tests you want. We were unaware of our full options prior to our research. You will learn heaps and although it is never fully out of your mind It will get easier and less overwhelming as time goes on. Good Luck.

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 1:32am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Hi Colleen,
My son is 18 and has done well after being PA forever.
One big thing we learned was to call 911. I asked around so many times and all of the paramedics I ask say that PA is a priority with them and we should not take the chance of putting him in the car.
Use the epi pen, do not hesitate, and call 911 immediately. If it is not necessary (which I doubt) they will tell you.
I am actually thankful the ER staff told you that because an uncaring uninterested ER staff would have been much more dangerous for your child.
We learned the hard way. DS in the car getting worse and us freaking out and ending up having to take him to another facility when the first decided they were not equipped to handle him should it get worse. It was freaky scary and from now on we dial 911 period.
Good luck

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 3:44am
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Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

Welcome Colleen. You are in the right place! Since Peggy answered the part about the ER (great answer, too!), I'll answer the other question.
Baked goods are considered 'unsafe' because we don't have laws in the US that are consistent for labeling for allergens. Canada has a different system and their requirements are more stringent. However, most baked goods - especially from places like a grocery store bakery - have issues with cross contamination (also beware of cheese and deli machines, they might not have stringent allergen protocols at the deli!).
There are some manufacturerers listed specifically on this board who are known to comply with existing laws on labeling for allergens and some that go above and beyond our legal requirements. Those companies are usually deemed safe if their labels do not contain warnings such as "peanuts," "may contain peanuts," or "processed in a facility that..." It's important to note that many people have suffered anaphylaxis by eating products (or simply touching them) that did not contain peanuts, but were cross contaminated.
It's going to take a while for you to find your comfort zone (everyone's varies to some degree). Read all the labels of everything. Avoid bake sales and baked goods unless you know and trust the source. Be sure to check out the section on this board regarding Alerts/Recalls and information on Manufacturers. It will take a while to understand it all, but you're in the right place and will find all the support you need here.
And like one of our avid posters... I sign off with...
Love this site! [img][/img]
[This message has been edited by MeCash (edited November 24, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 08/05/2003 - 4:11am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Hua,
Welcome! There is lots of valuable info here that will help you. The "search" function is especially useful. As well, you will receive much support frm people when you need it. Feel free to post questions anytime.
You should not feel guilty. We have members here who do not like peanut butter and did not eat it and their child still developed PA. So it can happen to anyone. Even if you never ate walnuts, you child still could have developed a walnut allergy.
Once again, welcome [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 08/05/2003 - 4:13am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Here is another reply from another posting to make you realize there is no need to feel guilty:
Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]I'd like to add a bit to Melanie's post. I developed pa as an adult. During my first two pregnancies I ate peanuts and pb all the time. Neither of those kids has pa (they are 20 and 17).[/b]

Posted on: Sat, 06/21/2003 - 2:41pm
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Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Welcome Nicole, I hope you find this site as helpful and supportive as I have.

Posted on: Sun, 06/22/2003 - 9:52pm
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Joined: 05/14/2003 - 09:00

Hi Nicole!
I stumbled upon this site a while ago (having had PA for many years - I am 19) and have found it so great! Everone here is so helpfull and supportive and it can be so reassuring just to know you're not alone.
I hope you will find the wealth of information here very helpful.

Posted on: Tue, 06/24/2003 - 11:42pm
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Joined: 08/19/2002 - 09:00

Hi Nicole and welcome!
This can all be so overwhelming in the beginning but I can attest it does get easier with time. (Maybe "easier" isn't the right gets less overwhelming).
There is a lot of support here and I am so glad you found us.
My 9 year old son was diagnosed with peanut; egg; soybean and diary allergies when he was 10 months old. He has outgrown everything but his peanut allergy but handles himself very well with it. [img][/img]
Education is the key and there is a great links section you may want to check out.
Again, welcome! Anything we can do to ease the stress, ask away.
Stay Safe!

Posted on: Thu, 06/26/2003 - 12:34am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Welcome NicoleinNH!
It's normal to start thinking way ahead of yourself---especially when your child is first diagnosed.
We discovered my son's allergy almost 6 years ago and since then I've seen tremedous positive changes in the food industry, in schools and in general awareness.
Many of the problems you are reading about on these boards today may thankfully not be problems for you in the future. As you read, you will see all the hard work and effort many of the parents are doing that will help create a safer and more tolerant world for your daughter.
Wherever you can help to move things along, such as contacting companies to make them aware of just how high our numbers are---that would help us all.
Don't worry too much yet. You should save some of it for the 'normal' teenager type things that are awaiting you.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 1:16am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi Matthew's Mom. Glad you found this site. I'm finding this allergy is becoming more manageable with time. We've been dealing with it for just over 2 years, with our 3 year old.
Our next step is heading off to Kindergarten this fall, so I'm starting to experience all those initial worries again - very similar feelings that I had when our DD was first diagnosed - alittle unsettling at first, but easing this worry is knowing DD is heading off to an Ontario school that takes all allergies (she's anaphylactic to more than just peanuts) very seriously so that is in our favour.
Warm regards, Syd's Mom [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 3:29am
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Joined: 04/30/2003 - 09:00

Welcome- I, too, have a Matthew who is allergic to peanuts. He just turned 3 and he was diagnosed when he was 27 months old. I had stayed away from obvious peanut products since he has asthma and had eczema to milk products since he was around 1. Now I know I should have waited longer to even introduce pb and I would have been more careful about products that contain traces as well (they're everywhere!)
I have found so many helpful ideas and lots of support here so far. Wish I had found it when my Matthew was first diagnosed. I told the allergist about it and I think our local newspaper is going to put it in the paper tomorrow as a "favorite website". My son will enter preschool next year - 2 days a week and I'm working on my action plan. The school is a private Christian school and they have had PA children before. I've spoken to those moms to get some ideas and suggestions.
Good luck and know you're not alone.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 3:42am
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Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Welcome Matthew's mom!
Be sure to give yourself lots of time and patience in adjusting to the lifestyle changes. Somedays you may need extra support from family and friends. When you feel overwhelmed take some time out for yourself and re-fuel. If something really ticks you off, come here to unload, (it can be great therapy.)
It does seem to get somewhat easier, (or maybe your skin just gets thicker), but there are always new challenges as your child grows.
I am also in the GTA, (as are many on these boards), so if you have any questions about peanut-free foods available in this area just ask.
All the best.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 6:26am
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Joined: 03/05/2001 - 09:00

Hi Matthews Mom.
Just wanted to welcome you! I'm another Canuck, about 2 hours north of TO in the beautiful Town of the Blue Mountains.
I didn't find this board until my DD was 8 or 9, she's 12 now. I wish I'd know about this sooner.
I can highly recommend the Touche bakery products. The lemon loaf and chocolate marble loaf are great and their white chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of my DD. A bit pricey, but worth it. They also make really tasty meringues, chocolate and plain - I'm not sure my DD got to taste one, I think I scarfed them all down myself.
Good Luck to you and don't let some of the friendly bickering on this site put you off. People under stress need to vent and what better place than where others with similar stresses can understand. I just stay out of it and move along. There's a lot of great info on this board.
Good Luck and Welcome!

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 7:43am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Matthew's mom:
[b]I have just begun to read up on all it entails, and I must say, I am a little overwhelmed[/b]
Hi Matthew's Mom,
Welcome! You've come to the right place. I know you will find lots of helpful info here from those of us who have been managing this allergy for many years.
The alerts & manufacturers sections are very useful as (1) you can see peanut alert warnings and (2) can help with determining which products are safe.
Quote:Originally posted by Matthew's mom:
[b]So far, I was able to learn (with great relief) that Nestle Canada makes 4 types of chocolate bars in a 'peanut free' environment....[/b]
Yes, the Aero, Kit Kat, Smarties, Coffee Crisp, and Mirage chocolate bars are guaranteed to be peanut-free. Recently, they started to make Nestle Rolo in a peanut-free facility but be sure to check labels to ensure there is no warning in case your store still has old product on the shelves.
That is critical - always read labels to be safe. And if you are unsure, don't feed your child the product. Baked goods are especially dangerous.
That is why, as you say, it is great that Loblaws, Fortinos, and other grocery stores have the nut-free section in their bakeries. The Touche Bakery products and Bransons products are both delicious and totally safe. Dempsters is also a good choice (the fresh waffles have a "manufactured in a nut-free facility" label right on the package), although I am not sure if Loblaws sells them, so you may need to check another grocery store (ie: A&P, Dominion, etc).
Chapmans ice cream (the cardboard cartons with the "peanut-free" label on them) is also another great choice.
Quote:Originally posted by Matthew's mom:
[b]I just wanted to add that I noticed alot of Canadians post on this board. I was reading some posts from people who live in the Toronto area.[/b]
Yes.. I am always surprised about that. There are over 300 million people in total (in Canada & the USA).... of that, only 8 million live in Ontario (2.5%)...
but it seems that 50% of the people posting on here are from Ontario! Are peanut allergies more common here?? Or maybe we are just more likely to be internet addicts? haha
Anyway, welcome! [img][/img]
[This message has been edited by erik (edited June 04, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:41am
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Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

Welcome! Its a lot to digest at first - but you will learn so much here! I've picked up so much useful info here - after receiving very little----yet overwhelming info - when our son was first diagnosed - he' 8 now ( diag. at 18 months) - PA and TNA.
Hang in there!
mae [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:46pm
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Joined: 12/31/2002 - 09:00

Welcome! There is a wealth of information here and a supportive group of people. My dd turns 1 on friday and is PA, ezcema and asthma.
-Looking forward to seeing your posts-

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 12:30am
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

And make sure you ck the school post
Love this site

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 1:10am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Our son had a lot of allergies at first (thankfully, he outgrew most of them) and horible excema. We found that once we got the allergies identified and under control, his excema got so much better. Hope the same will work for you!
Looking forward to getting to know you!
Be safe,

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 2:11am
Fran's picture
Joined: 08/09/1999 - 09:00

Welcome!! We are all here for you and are looking forward to knowing you better. This is an incredibly wonderful, informative & supportive site. The best thing you can do is educate yourself and learn to educate others about food allergies. This is a great place to start. We are all in this TOGETHER & will always understand! My husband & I have an 8 year old peanut-allergic daughter.
Stay Safe,

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 5:49pm
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Joined: 05/01/2002 - 09:00

Welcome! I'm sorry you had to come here in the first place, but its nice to have you join us. [img][/img]
I guess the nice about is that it means you're not alone...
Hope you get alot out of the board.
Geoff (Helen's hubby)

Posted on: Sat, 03/01/2003 - 8:42am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 12:15pm
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Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

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.
Good luck,

Posted on: Sun, 03/09/2003 - 9:13am
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Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 9:21am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Welcome Jodi!
Check out the Schools Forum; you'll find lots of good info there.
Look forward to seeing you on the boards.

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 10:14am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Hi! Welcome to the boards! I noticed in your other post that you are from CT. I grew up in Hamden, but moved from CT 5 years ago. I still miss it.
My son just started preK. He started in Jan because the school I was going to send him to didn't want to deal with the pnt issue. The school he is in now is wonderful. Check out the school threads, you'll find lots of good information and lots of support, as Amy said.
And again, welcome...glad you joined us! [img][/img]
Be safe,

Posted on: Fri, 01/24/2003 - 12:14am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Welcome Jodi2boys! I'm happy that you joined us. One of the biggest steps we face is when we send our child off to school for the first time. I'm sure this site and the people on it will be able to help you over this major hurdle.

Posted on: Fri, 01/24/2003 - 12:40am
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Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

Thanks for your responses!! I will definetly check out the School board for some advice. I don't even know where to start with the school. I want to be fully prepared before it gets here. Here's a little more info. about us: My son, Jake was diagnosed with a peanut allergy around 1 years old when he took a lick of pb icecream and got hives all around his mouth. His pediatrician (at that time, I've changed) didn't take it serious and didn't make much of it at all (didn't prescribe an epipen either). Just told me to try and avoid peanuts/peanut products. I did (even not knowing the severity of PA) until we were at a family picnic the following summer and someone gave my son a pb cookie. Within seconds, he had hives surrounding his mouth and started getting hoarse. We called 911, while waiting...he started vomitting then gasping for air. His eyes were swollen almost shut, he could barely speak, his throat was open very little, he was extremely white, and just pretty much lifeless in my arms. It took 10-15 minutes for the ambulance to get there (they said they couldn't find the house, we called 911 back 2 more times). The strangest part was seconds before they arrived, my son started showing major improvement...he started breathing better and becoming more alert. This was the scariest day of our lifes! It was at this time, I changed pediatrians and took him to an allergy specialist. We now carry epipens everywhere we go and I've been trying to research as much information as possible. I've been a member of FAAN for a year and just joined this organization yesterday. Hope to get some advice and learn more about this terrible allergy! I'm also very excited to meet other mothers who go through this everyday.- Jodi

Posted on: Fri, 01/24/2003 - 6:08am
Fran's picture
Joined: 08/09/1999 - 09:00

We're here for you, Jodi. Welcome to you and all new members!!
Stay Safe,

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 6:09am
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Joined: 01/26/2003 - 09:00

Hi, I am new too. I thought I would just share a stat I just learned. I am not sure how accurate it is but I read that siblings of allergic kids have a 7% chance of having allergy to something as opposed to 1-2% in the general population. Identical twins are 67% or so, frat. twins (which I have) are the same as siblings of course [img][/img]
I do not look forward to school, our playgroup/bible study/church have gone peanut free for us and another little boy at playgroup. I'll watch for your posts [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/10/2003 - 4:33am
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Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi Purple:
sorry to hear that you have been affected by the negative posts. Hope you continue to lurk and/or post. I think an internet community is like any other one, sometimes things get a little out of whack. Eventually things will settle down and get back to normal.
Anyway, just wanted to respond to your intro. Also, I happen to have a much wider comfort zone than many of the folks on this board. I have posted about it often and I can tell you that I have NEVER been responded to rudely or negatively. (Of course there is always the occassional misunderstanding, etc).
Anyway even though my comfort level is different I get tons of useful info on this site, and also hope I can help provide others with help.

Posted on: Fri, 01/10/2003 - 5:14am
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Purple, [img][/img]
Welcome aboard. I say "aboard" since it is a reference to ships, waterfaring vessels, those crafts which carry folk through what is not their natural habitat. I get the feeling people DO truly try to help here and have a genuine concern for one another. There is a great passion for the issues at hand and a passion to help and offer support.
I couldn't help but notice your profession and the occasional reference, positive or negative on the site...................... I am a nurse, and I too, have seen references, both good and bad, to the healthcare professions. I have a pretty thick skin. I have never taken it personally. I know how much I put into what I do, and I feel the rewards far surpass anything negative I see here or anywhere. If I never got a positive comment again, I wouldn't seek other work. It helps make me a better mother, wife, and person. Lord knows I need it. It also keeps the water turned on. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/10/2003 - 7:34am
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Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

Purple, welcome.
I also sorry that you have been experiencing this site with all the negativity right now. I have been visiting here for more than three years now and have found it to be invaluable. There are times when things degenerate, but for the most part it is a very supportive place. I do want to say that in all my time here I have never seen a profession in general put down. Some people have had bad experiences with doctors, teachers, retailers, and what not, but any complaints I have seen are about the specific situation, not about the whole profession. I hope that you hang around for a long time and find out for yourself that that is the case.

Posted on: Fri, 01/10/2003 - 11:03pm
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Purple, do you think that it is easier or more difficult when both of your children are PA, (assuming that you only have the two?) Also, is anyone else in your family anaphylatic?

Posted on: Sat, 01/11/2003 - 1:50pm
synthia's picture
Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

Welcome Purple
It is nice to have some one welcome you on board.Lots of great info here.
Love this site

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 3:52am
purple's picture
Joined: 01/10/2003 - 09:00

It really does'nt make any difference. I guess maybe it does help in the sense that they both look out for each other. They are in 1st and 4th grade. They have wonderful teachers who go beyond the call of duty to make sure that they are safe. Thanks for the welcome!!


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