Hi, my name is Heidi and I live in Big Rapids, MI with my husband and five children. I recently found out that my 11 month old son is allergic to soy, peanuts, and eggs. He's had horrible eczema, a constant stuffy nose, and just been all around miserably itchy since he was about 2 months old. I finally got our pediatrician to refer us to an allergist after what I thought was an athsma attack. I never in a million years thought that he was having an anaplylactic reaction to food. Now that I know what he's allergic to, I suspect that it was from a taste of cheesecake I gave him that evening that didn't have peanuts on it, but was on a tray with other pieces that did.
The allergist told us that the egg and soy allergies aren't life-threatening like the peanut allergy. I know he's had soy because it was in his formula. He hasn't had eggs directly yet, but he grabbed one of my other kid's fork off the floor that he had been eating scrambled eggs with and his face broke out in some pretty nasty hives. Can an egg allergy be life-threatening as well?
Also, I have four other children between the ages of 2 and 11. I have spoken to them all about the seriousness of the PA, but I fear it will take a trip to the ER for them to really get it. Of course, I don't want that to happen. Are there any DVD's out there that are geared toward explaing a food allergy to siblings and other family members?
Thanks for any help you can give me. I'm glad I found this community!
On Jun 2, 2008
My doctor introduced me to food allergies by telling the story of the time he say a little girl die of her egg allergies while receiving medical intervention to save her. To die of those allergies might be statistically more unlikely but it is still possible. FAAN has some videos to help with education but you will also find some on the web. You might want to pick up Food Allergies for Dummies or one of the other good books. I recommend using the search tool here and reading some of the old threads to look for resources. I am sorry your son has food allergies. If it helps many of the better allergist are starting to believe there will be better solutions then epi pens and avoidance in the next 5 to 10 years. Cindy
On Jun 2, 2008
My local library has books on Peanut Allergies for children. Maybe yours does as well?
On Jun 2, 2008
welcome! we used to live in byron center, mi.
we had a really hard time getting our oldest child to understand that peanuts were a serious allergy for our son. the easiest way for them to know you are serious is to get rid of all the peanut product in the house. i don't know how hard or easy this will be for your kids.
for us, we kept eating peanut stuff and having pb in the house, until we went to the allergist and found that our son's allergy to peanut had skyrocketed. we thought we were doing *enough* by not feeding the peanut directly to him.
it sounds like your son's allergies are pretty sensitive, since he has had two reactions without actually ingesting much peanut or egg. i hope that you find lots of help and information here. we're all going through this here together.
On Jun 3, 2008
When my son was little we got the video " alexander the elephant who couldn't eat peanuts" it helps explain it to a young child. I would check the liabrary I am sure they would have a copy.
I have heard that egg and milk allergies can also be life threatening. My son allergies to both but they were mild
On Jun 4, 2008
The [url="https://www.foodallergy.org/shoppingcart/cgi-bin/msascartlist.dll/ProductList?minorcat=CHILDREN&ONWEBFLG=Y"]Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network[/url] has a number of books and also the above mentioned video. You may want to try a few of the books they offer.
For adult relatives, I recommend [u]The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook[/u] by Dr. Scott Sicherer. (There are a number of good books out there.)
Best, Jennifer B
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