New to PA world

Posted on: Mon, 07/14/2003 - 9:21pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi, my name is Leann. My daughter Talia was just diagnosed PA. She was 11 months when she had her 1st reaction. She'll be 1 year on July 24th. Her reaction was "mild", just hives on her face and benedryl took care of them within 30 minutes. My doctor has informed me that the first reaction is always the mildest so he did prescript the epipen. It's a scary new world for us. The posting on this board as so helpful, thank you all! I was reading about some of the foods you'd never expect to have peanuts, I discovered the Ritz bits cheese on my own but the jolly ranchers blew me away. I'm not sure I would have even checked the label but I guess that's my newness to this new life. You can NEVER assume! If anyone has more foods that have peanuts that one would never THINK had them, please pass them along! Talia's blood work came back with a 35 rating, which isn't extreme but still put her in the high category. I feel like some family thinks I'm way too overboard with the whole PA thing. At first I almost felt like my parents were laughing at me for being too concerned. I think my being a nasty to them made them realize this is far from a joke and that I am NOT over reacting. Especially when I showed them both how to use the epipen! Any info from you would be greatly appreciated! Like I said, I'm only about a month into this new finding and my mind goes from being OK to feeling helpless, it scares me to think Talia could have a serious reaction. Thank God I don't have to go back to work and I have so much control over what she gets and comes in contact with. I give you working Mom's a lot of credit! Maybe the constant fearfulness will start to decrease, hopefully anyway!
Thanks for the read, sorry it's long!

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 9:33am
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Joined: 05/13/2003 - 09:00

Peanut allergy can be very overwhelming at first but it gets easier (or at least you get more use to it) as time goes on. i was diagnosed also around a year old and i am now 18 and just started college. i have had a few reactions in my life that required epi and it was scary but always remember it could be a lot worse. as far as the numbers/ class, the number refers to the likelihood your child will have a reaction not the severity. i would be very diligent about avoidence. become as educated as possible. find your own comfort zone. reading this site may scare you (i'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing). some people have VERY tight comfort zones. i do not. you need to find what's right for you. you and your family should be able to do everything that anyother family does you just have be cautious and ask questions. good luck

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 9:56am
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Joined: 08/26/2003 - 09:00

Hi, this is my first time here, but my son was diagnosed with PA January 2001, he was 2 years old. The first 6 months were very hard, for me. I felt guilty. I have been very cautious with him. We decided to make our home a "safe" place for him. Everything in our home that said "may contain traces of Peanut/Nut" was tossed out, and I do mean everything. Shopping became a new experience. You have to read every label, all of the time. Manufacturer's can change their processing, so that the box of cereal you bought last month, may not be safe any more. We have been very diligent, but not to the point of scaring him. He knows about his allergy, he's almost 5. He started to wear the epipens around his waist last summer, since he had to start school last fall. He has watched me read labels for almost 3 years, he always asks if it's safe for him. I learned the first week of his diagnosis, 3 simple rules, I follow them always, and he has not had any reactions. Rule #1: if you don't have epipens, don't eat. #2: if you can't read the ingredient list, don't eat. #3: if you are in doubt, don't eat. Last week at his final soccer game, one of the mom's generously provided cookies at the end of the game. I noticed they were in a tupperware container. I quickly asked if she had the container the cookies orginally came in, she did not. I inform my son, that he shouldn't eat them because I couldn't read the label, he had no trouble with that. Today while shopping, we found the cookies in the store, and read the label, they said the dreaded paragraph: May contain traces of peanuts. I pointed it out to my son, and reminded him of the decision we had made the week before. I could go on, but I think you get what I am trying to say. If you would like to chat you can email me.

Posted on: Mon, 07/14/2003 - 10:29pm
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Hi Leann
Sorry to hear about your daughter's reaction, but glad it was a mild reaction.
Many parents here find that their extended families [i]think[/i] they're going overboard. Have your parents started to understand how serious this is?
I'm a bit confused about your comment about jolly ranchers. Where did you see that they are not safe. (I thought they were safe both in Canada and the US, now I wonder if I'm wrong about one or both countries.)
And yes, the constant fearfulness will start to decrease. As you become more familiar with what is/is not safe, you will take more control and that will lead to less fear. (Actually, in under a month it sounds like you've taken big strides.) [img][/img]
Welcome to

Posted on: Tue, 07/15/2003 - 1:37am
ks65's picture
Joined: 03/06/2002 - 09:00

yes, wondering about the jolly rancher comment? My PA daughter eats the candies ALL THE TIME..with no problem...I have NEVER seen a "peanut" warning on them.

Posted on: Tue, 07/15/2003 - 9:55am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I actually read that on these boards but I checked today at the store and there is no meniton of peanuts. I'll have to look again for that post! Thanks for your replys!

Posted on: Thu, 08/21/2003 - 9:58pm
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Joined: 08/21/2003 - 09:00

Hello Leann!
since your new to the PA world, i would reccomend going to , they have a beginners kit that has good information, and even rebate offers. also, about the candy- i am 12 and have a peanut allergy rating of 4 out of 5 (for severity) and for 10 years i've been eating candies like m&m's ,ect just as long as it wasnt chocked full of peanuts i was fine. i think my family 1st found out that i was allergic when i was 6 months. and i also practice with those epipen jouniors. hope this helps!! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2003 - 5:38am
jayjay's picture
Joined: 04/12/2003 - 09:00

Wow, its hard to beleive jolly ranchers contain peanuts, my son eats the Jolly Rancher lollipops all the time and he has never had a problem .I am looking at the bag at this minute and there is nothing about peanuts on the entire bag and the lollipops are the same candies they are just on a stick. Where did you get your information,just curious before I call Jolly Rancher.

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2003 - 6:23am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I read a posting on here somewhere about the jolly ranchers but I checked the bag also and don't see any peanuts. I tried to find the post but I can't, some mis-information I guess.

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 4:51am
toomanynuts's picture
Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

Hi! I have called Jolly Ranchers and they told me that they were safe for peanut/tree nut allergies. The Jolly Ranchers are made in a nut free facility and thats the only thing that they make. You may try and call and see what they tell you.

Posted on: Tue, 03/22/2011 - 6:26am
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Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

that's horrible, I'm so sorry. What did she eat, and did you have to rush her to the ER? Have you been to an allergist? The smartest move it to get educated, read all label and always carry epi pen.

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