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We just found out our 11 month old son is allergic to peanuts. I was making peanut butter cookies and accidentally got some peanut butter on his cheek. I wiped it off and didn't think much of it until he started crying a few minutes later and had hives on his face- eyes were red and nose running. I took him to the ER and they consider him allergic- especially since it just touched him- I can't imagine what would have happened if he ate it.

I am so overwhelmed. I know peanuts are in tons of foods and am now worried for his safety. I have a caramel and caramel coloring allergy and it is in EVERYTHING. It was hard enough to read labels for myself- now for my son. He also had a reaction to peas- so far he can eat green beans. Plus I have a 3 year old that loves peanut butter. Starting tomorrow everything with peanuts is out of the house.

Do I need to worry about all nuts? Should I be concerned about green beans?

Any links to sites that tell us what contains peanuts??

Thanks! I look forward to meeting all of you.

------------------ Slk70 Mommy to Nathan (born 2/28/06 - peanut allergy) Aidan - so far no food allergies

On Feb 3, 2007

Welcome- this is a very informative site. Regarding your nut question: you should have your baby seen by an allergist, where they can test him for further foods (specifically nuts, and confirm via test the peanut allergy). Meanwhile, keeping him away from nuts is likely a good idea. Peanuts are a legume; therefore, related to peas- so it is not unusual to be allergic to both (my DD is). However, not everyone who is PA is allergic to peas. Since he is fine w/ green beans, you can keep giving it to him. However, other people may have different views. I don't think there is a 'master' list of all foods that contain peanut. Generally people just read labels, and go from there. Some call manufacturers to find out a labeling policy and cleaning practices etc. Take a deep breathe- watch out for information overload right away- it could get you discouraged. Your comfort level for your son will evolve and managing the allergy will gets easier.

On Feb 3, 2007

Thank you for replying. My next question was to see if he needs to see an allergy doctor. I'd hate to have my littly guy go through allergy testing. I've done it 3 times and hated it. (I also have food allergies and medicine allergies). My little guy can't have certain antiboitics either. That we can handle....peanut allergy is more frightening to me. I'm reading other posts and seeing all the food policing I will have to do. It is scary to me.

------------------ Slk70 Mommy to Nathan (born 2/28/06 - peanut allergy) Aidan - so far no food allergies

On Feb 3, 2007

You will want to see a good allergist. Peanut allergies can get worse with each exposure, and you should carry an epi-pen on you at all times.

Sorry about your little guy, but this website is a wonderful resource.

------------------ mom to Ari(6) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (9), mild excema

On Feb 4, 2007

I am so thankful for finding this forum. I know I am going to learn a lot.

------------------ Slk70 Mommy to Nathan (born 2/28/06 - peanut allergy) Aidan - so far no food allergies

On Feb 5, 2007

Welcome!

My son was about the same age as your son when we found out about his peanut allergy. I did not take him in for testing right away, but certainly wish I did. Your awareness is certainly much higher than mine originally was! Our pediatrician minimized his reaction - so we did too. I didn't have an epipen - and just "avoided" peanuts and nuts. I realize now that his hives and flushing was anaphylaxis.

After my son's last reaction (accidental exposure), which also included vomiting and coughing, along with hives and flushing, my gut was screaming at me to take him to an allergist, so I did. Had I known then what I know now, I would have administered the epipen and called 911. Very scary stuff and I understand how you feel.

Most allergists will not do skin prick testing for peanut allergies (especially on babies) because of the possiblity of a severe reaction. Our allergist falls under this classification. He started with blood (RAST) tests on our son. I just about passed out, but he sat very still for this. I was amazed - it was like he somehow knew. The testing showed us that he is definately allergic to peanuts (class 4), but not allergic to any other nuts as of right now. This may be due to the fact that he has never been exposed, but is good to know for a baseline. We avoid all peanuts and tree nuts and removed all of these things from our house as well.

We also have a three year old who loves (loved) peanut butter. Then we found Sunbutter. She loves this every bit as much as peanut butter, and knows that she can safely eat it around her brother. She is definitely an advocate for him and truly participates in keeping him safe. Even if I am there, she will ask people "is that safe for my brother??".

It has been almost exactly a year since the allergy testing and it is so much "easier" now. For us, it was getting over the initial hump that was so painful. Understanding the severity of this allergy was almost paralyzing to me. I wanted to build a bubble around my son and not let anyone else ever care for him, feed him, etc. And, this is coming from a full-time work mom. Slowly but surely, we developed our comfort zone and educated those around us. We switched daycares twice, we don't eat out hardly at all, there are certain people that I will not allow to care for our son because they don't get it. But, our son lives a normal life. He laughs and plays and does everything that all the other kids do.

This board was (and still is) my best source of information. I spend a few minutes reading here everyday. Try not to get overwhelmed, although I truly know that it is easier said than done.

Edited to add: if you haven't already, please get an epipen (today!) and learn how to use it. I would also recommend seeing an allergist.

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On Feb 5, 2007

amartan- thanks for your insight. He has an allergy appointment on 2/14 and sees his ped this Wed 2/7. I will definitely look into the epipen etc.

My husband and I argued this morning because I am taking extreme measures prior to seeing the doctor about his PA. I think I need to get everything safe now and not risk it. Husband thinks I am knee-jerking.

------------------ Slk70 (Sheryl) Mommy to Nathan (born 2/28/06 - Peanut & Pea allergy) Aidan (3 yrs) - so far no food allergies

On Feb 5, 2007

hopefully your husband will catch up to you and your efforts but don't be heartbroken if he doesn't ever. mine never has. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Feb 5, 2007

My husband did the exact same thing at first. He totally thought I was over-reacting. So, every day, I brought home a piece of information for him to read. After a few weeks, I was still not at peace with anything, so I asked him to help me write a letter to all of our friends and family telling them of our son's allergy. After this, we truly came together. It was like we both said to everyone we know and love "this is who we are now and what we are dealing with". Now, he is at least as protective as I am, but he always defers to my judgement (he'll ask me if he isn't sure on something, which is great as far as I'm concerned). This has been a long road for both of us, but I truly feel we're a team - both of us striving to give our son a normal life and keep him safe. It's a tricky balancing act.

On Feb 5, 2007

Have your husband go to the allergist with you. It really helped that my husband and I directly heard it from the doctor, rather than one of us relaying it. It was overwhelming at first, but we've been doing this for 4.5 years and it does get easier.

My DD was 14 months when she had 1st reaction. She quickly went into anaphylaxis and my husband didn't see her until much later (he was away for work until the evening), so he didn't see it happen right before his eyes. Getting the critical information from the allergist helped us to both be "on the same page".

Good luck!!! Nicole

On Feb 5, 2007

Hi,

I just wanted to put in my 2 cents. My DH has been great, but in the beginning I know he thought I was overreacting. He never saw Anaphylactic reaction in our DS. But, when our DD had her Anaphylactic reaction, and he met us at the hospital--it all came crashing down for him. He was waiting there when they opened the ambulance doors and he saw our 4 year old baby--she was unrecognizable. He freaked and from that day forward, we have been on the same page. Unfortunately, he had to visually see a reaction, but now he totally gets it. About 2-3 months after our DD's reaction, he had one to Yellow jackets. He ended up in an ambulance on the way to the hospital as well. I really don't know if he would have recognized the symptoms in time if he hadn't seen our DD. His pulse was down to around 40 by the time the ambulance got there--nightmare! Now, all 3 children and husband have epipens. And, I just make sure I have my anti-anxiety meds! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

------------------ Stacie - Mother to: 11 yr. PA 8 yr. TNA 3 yr. PA&TNA

[This message has been edited by PA&TNA allergy mom (edited February 06, 2007).]

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