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Posted on: Wed, 03/24/2004 - 8:42pm
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I have a question. I am new here. My son is 14 1/2 months old. He has an allergy to milk which I discovered when he was as an infant. He had very bad colic and I found when I drank milk he got much worse. He wasnt gaining weight so the dr. advised me to start him on soy formula a few times a day. Any way he has a frequent ear infections from 10 months (when he weaned himself). He has eczema and doesnt sleep. Two days ago he got a hold of a piece of a nutter-butter and immediately broke out in hives. He has had that reaction once or twice to products containing milk so I assumed it was the milk but can not be possitive. I took him to the dr. for the most recent ear infection and she gave me a referral to an allergist. I am very worried. I assumed he would not have any problems because there is no history of food allergies in my family. I dont know about my husbands since he is adopted. One other thing. My baby eats very little food. He is a bottle fiend and drinks a lot of soy milk. I am trying to get him to eat more but since he is sick alot with his ears it is hard to say no when he is screaming and that is the only thing that soothes him. So my question is what is the next step? What will the allergist do? and in the mean time does it hurt him to have peanut products around as long as he doesnt eat them?

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 2:25am
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Welcome to the boards. I know all this is so overwhelming but as time passes it does get easier. Anyways the first thing I might advise is to check with your doctor about soy formula. There has been posts on this website about the link between soy formula and peanut allergy. Also I would definitely not eat any peanut product around your child. Some children with the allergy react by touch, smell as well as ingesting it. Browse through alot of these posts. I know when my son was first diagnosed I felt more comfort coming and reading some of the forums versus talking to my own doctor. I sometimes found that doctors find allergies such a new field because every child reacts differently and are then reluctant to give good solutions and advice. There is a post called" Unusual Places to find Peanuts" (or something like that) that you may find useful. Don't be discouraged or panic just be dilingent in your efforts to EDUCATE yourself. Knowledge is power....
Hope this helps
Good Luck
Pam

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 3:00am
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Hi,
I know it's very tough. We've been dealing w/my son's milk, egg, and peanut allergies, and excema for 1 yr now, and it does get easier w/time. We don't have a history of food allergies either, so who knows...
The allergist will most likely do a skin test to see what foods your child reacts to and then hopefully give you information on foods to avoid.
If your child is allergic to peanuts, you will most likely be prescribed an epipen to carry everywhere with you in case your son accidentally eats peanuts. This site is incredibly helpful, and I also found good information on FAAN.org. Ordered some cookbooks, and a book on allergies. Hope this helps! Hang in there.
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Meg, mom to:
Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 4:31am
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I just now got an appointment for next week to see the allergist. They will be doing a skin test at the appointment. What does that consist of.? I have a 2 1/2 year old as well. Should I take him with me to the appointment or see if I can get someone to watch him? I guess I am wondering if we will have to wait a while for results etc.

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 8:11am
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Does he still use a bottle? You might want to check out a Dr. Brown's bottle, my son stopped getting ear infections after we switched and my daughter only had one, they are wonderful. I would also check out a soy alternative, my ds had horrible eczema and now we know he had a soy allergy. It is hard to feed a child so young with what may be multiple allergies. Once you know you could always get a referral to a nutritionist, just try to find one that specializes in food allergies, we saw the local hospital's nutritionist and she was useless.

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 8:24am
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Hi lalow, welcome. When you go to the allergist for testing they will probably do a full history first, then the skin test. What they will do is mark in ink the numbers of what they are testing for. They will then prick the skin in each spot and then you have to wait 15-20 minutes to see if the spots get red and swollen.
When my oldest son gets this done it itches him so bad that he is in tears and I have to physically restrain him from rubbing and itching. I would strongly recommend you find someone to watch your 2 year old. Even if your other child is fine for testing the first appt. can be quite lengthy. Our allergist tells you to be prepared to be there for 3 hours. And we were, but that was for 2 kids.
Im sure you will also have lots of questions and want to hear the info he gives you, which can be difficult with a 2 year old with you.
Good luck.

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 11:40pm
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Thanks for the advise everybody. I will either work harder on weaning him from the bottle or try the Dr. Brown's bottle. I had never heard of them but looked them up. I really should be trying a little harder to wean him from bottles anyway but he is a tough one. I am getting a little overwhelmed by all that I am reading so I think I will not read anymore till after the allergist sees him. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 06/04/2009 - 9:46am
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harmless09-I am SO very sorry that your daughter had a reaction and that you've had to go through what you have.
I'm sure you've realized by now that not all allergists are created equally. A good allergist is worth their weight in gold. I've changed mine 3 times in 4 yrs and am now thrilled with who we have. It just takes a little time.
I'm not an allergist and hate to say what your allergist told you is false (all allergists have their own beliefs). But from what I've been told BY other allergists-peanut protein in the air CAN cause allergic reactions in some individuals like in a restaurant with peanuts everywhere and shells on the floor, or when lots of people open a bag of peanuts or crack peanut shells at once-like on an airplane or at a baseball stadium. I would avoid those types of situations.
The rast test in combination with your daughters reactions indicates she more than likely DOES have food allergies. Did your Dr. give you and epi pen script? You should carry one on you at all times and learn how to use it.
While it is common for eczema to be behind the knees and in the elbow crease-it's not uncommon that it's not. My son had eczema for many years-not in those places. He has since outgrown it.
It sounds like your Dr. knew what he was doing, but it is my belief that one should see an allergist when dealing with allergies. So yes, I'd see a different allergist. But unless you have concerns regarding your daughter now-you can put that off for a year. We go to our allergist annually. So long as you have an epi pen and know what to do in the event of another reaction.
Regarding the runny nose and itchy eyes-that can be from all sorts of allergies but can be from other things too-so I can see why the allergist didn't take it seriously. BUT-it doesn't mean he was right.
Regarding being around peanuts-again I wouldn't go to a place where they are everywhere. But some allergic people feel safe being in a restaurant where a family member or someone at another table is eating-so long as the allergic person does not come into contact.
Most reactions are from 1. ingestion 2. hand (with pnut protein) to mouth (considered ingestion) or hand to nose or eyes
Peanut butter on the skin rarely causes an anaphylactic reaction but may cause a local reaction like hives...unless the peanut protein gets in an open sore.
Airborne allergy is also rare-except in the event of the above scenarios regarding lots of peanut protein in the air that I listed above.
I hope that information helps..any other questions feel free to ask! Again-so sorry that you had to go through what you did.
Ruth

Posted on: Thu, 06/04/2009 - 10:29am
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So far the Dr and allergist have not even mentioned an epi-pen. I didn't ask but they both just said her levels weren't high enough to need one. Plus the allergist said since she is on claritin she would be fine. He said if she had a reaction give her more claritin.

Posted on: Thu, 06/04/2009 - 11:40am
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I would suggest you get a second opinion from another allergist. We have two — one in town and another in NY and both said we should always have an epipen with us and our son is only a level 2 PA.
Are you in Texas?

Posted on: Thu, 06/04/2009 - 11:53am
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No Wichita ks. I have read a bunch of posts on here and if seems everybody was atomaticaly given an epi-pen so I just thought it was strange, but since it's only been a week since she was diagnose I still have a lot to learn. I have pretty much been glued to the Internet getting as much info and I can and it's all I can think about.

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