New to Boards, Question about Flying

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 1:04am
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Hi Everyone!
My 17 month old Daughter Natalie was recently diagnosed with a peanut allergy after her first PB&J made her break out into hives all over her face and neck. We took her to the allergist for a skin test, and she reacted quickly to the 1:100 drops. We have not yet had a RAST test.
This is all new to me, and next month we will be flying to visit my parents in Phoenix, which is a long 6 hour flight. I have already contacted the airline (Southwest) and made a note in the computer to not have peanuts on the flight, and gotten the paperwork needed to get through security with her EpiPen. She will sit in her car seat for the flight, but I have clorox wipes to clean all surfaces (handles, etc.)
What else am I not thinking about? Please help, any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Bethany

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 1:49am
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hi,
That sounds about like what we do for my son. We try to make sure no peanuts are served (depends on the airline how much of a problem this is) and Wipe, wipe wipe. I also bring any food he will need.
Will you have to bring any liquid food for her? When I flew with my daughter when she was ~ 15 months that is the only thing that was the only thing that security gave me grief about - they didn't even care about the epi's. But her "liquid" baby food jar peaches etc. they had to test - they made me open it and then held a test strip over the top. She was on very limited foods at the time so hopefully it won't be a problem for you.

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 3:09pm
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Don't forget about bringing some benadryl (and ask your doctor for the proper dose for your daughter's weight). Other than that, you've got things covered. Check out this post on my pal Janeen's blog that should be helpful: [url="http://zumfamily.blogspot.com/2008/01/flying-with-child-with-food-allergies.html"]http://zumfamily.blogspot.com/2008/01/flying-with-child-with-food-allergies.html[/url]
Above all, try not to stress out too much. Being prepared is your best defense!

Posted on: Tue, 02/19/2008 - 2:24am
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Southwest is one of the few airlines that still serve peanuts in the cabin. Make sure they know ahead of time about your daughter's allergy - call the airline at least twice, and bring it up when you check in - and be prepared for them to have peanuts in the cabin regardless. Definitely wipe off the seats and talk to the people around you; you should also talk to Natalie's doctor about getting her prophylactic antihistamines and possibly a filter mask for the flight.

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 1:49am
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Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

hi,
That sounds about like what we do for my son. We try to make sure no peanuts are served (depends on the airline how much of a problem this is) and Wipe, wipe wipe. I also bring any food he will need.
Will you have to bring any liquid food for her? When I flew with my daughter when she was ~ 15 months that is the only thing that was the only thing that security gave me grief about - they didn't even care about the epi's. But her "liquid" baby food jar peaches etc. they had to test - they made me open it and then held a test strip over the top. She was on very limited foods at the time so hopefully it won't be a problem for you.

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 3:09pm
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Joined: 04/03/2007 - 09:00

Don't forget about bringing some benadryl (and ask your doctor for the proper dose for your daughter's weight). Other than that, you've got things covered. Check out this post on my pal Janeen's blog that should be helpful: [url="http://zumfamily.blogspot.com/2008/01/flying-with-child-with-food-allergies.html"]http://zumfamily.blogspot.com/2008/01/flying-with-child-with-food-allergies.html[/url]
Above all, try not to stress out too much. Being prepared is your best defense!

Posted on: Tue, 02/19/2008 - 2:24am
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Joined: 01/21/2008 - 12:28

Southwest is one of the few airlines that still serve peanuts in the cabin. Make sure they know ahead of time about your daughter's allergy - call the airline at least twice, and bring it up when you check in - and be prepared for them to have peanuts in the cabin regardless. Definitely wipe off the seats and talk to the people around you; you should also talk to Natalie's doctor about getting her prophylactic antihistamines and possibly a filter mask for the flight.

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