I have a 2 1/2 year old boy with severe peanut, tree nuts, eggs and shellfish allergy. We are doing more tests to see what else he may be allergic to. We found this out about a month ago when DH gave him a peanut butter cracker, his first exposure to it. He is an extreme pick eater (a real blessing now) and never had any of the foods above before the "incident". Within seconds he was screaming and had his hands in his mouth and throat, after 15 or 20 minutes he vomited 4 times and then came the rashes, from head to toes. It was after Dr.'s hours of course and when I called he said to give benadryl and keep watch. Luckily I had children's benadryl at home for a "just in case" situation but I did not know the dosage since he is so young. Next day we went to the Dr. and then for blood tests. He was >100 for peanuts. We have seen an allergist who knows first hand what living with this is since one of his kids is also PA and TNA. Reading these posts has been very helpful and also very scary. My son also has eczema & asthma and something inside me always said that he might have some kind of food allergy. DH didn't think so and had I been around when he bought the peanut butter crackers, I would have said no. But I guess in a way it is good since now we know for sure and he takes me more seriously. So my take on it is if you have suspicions ask your dr. for a prescription for a test. I had asked the pediatrician a couple of times but he did not think it was necessary. So I say, listen to your gut feeling. I wish that I had insisted on the test. Thank you all.
On Jul 27, 2006
I'm glad you found this forum. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. I know what you mean about a gut feeling. I also had a feeling that my daughter was reacting to foods. I should have had her tested sooner, but our family doctor pooh-poohed the idea.
------------------ Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
On Jul 27, 2006
Welcome - I've found this board to be very helpful. I have a 6 year old PA son and had that same gut feeling about him. That's why I didn't give him anything peanut or tree nut until he was more than 2. The doctor said it was fine to try it then. So I waited another 3 months. Then the first time he put a cookie in his mouth, it was alot like your son. He was screaming "get it out! get it out!". Then his lip blistered and he lost his voice. The lightbulb finally went off in my head and we gave him benedryl. We ended up in the ER in the middle of the night with severe bronchospasms - very croup-like.
My 3 year old just had a reaction yesterday to pistachios. I thought we had him skin tested for tree nuts but it turns out it was just almond along with the peanut. Both were negative. Now, we're going for a blood test next week.
Hope this board is helpful to you!