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Posted on: Sat, 02/28/2004 - 8:35am
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Hi-
I'm new, too. I have a son with PA who is now 7. We found out when he was 2.
Your husband may be scared. There may be a part of him that doesn not want to accept this. Let him know you are both in this together and need to be a team. Print out info for him to read that you find on the subject. Good Luck. I wish I had better advice, but it's been a long hard road for us, too. Some people never get it.

Posted on: Sat, 02/28/2004 - 2:59pm
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My husband was the same way and he has had allergies and asthma all his life so I really thought he would take it more seriously. We've known for 2 years now and he is finally to the point where I hear him actually telling people the precautions they need to take around our son. So it does change with time, he probably just needs some time to absorb the situation.
I think it is hard for a man to have a situation that is totally out of his control. I also think that my husband feels he somehow gave this to our child because he has allergies, although not PA.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 6:57am
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Kim,
My son is also Peanut, egg, and milk allergic. We found out by him reacting to milk at 1 yr old, and then we did a rast test and found the others. He's 2 now. My husband reacted the exact same way when I told him, no big deal, just avoid peanuts. Then we started doing research and it started to sink in for him. We've been dealing for 1 yr. now, and we're much more together with how we think. I'm still more of the worrier and he's still more of the glass half full type, but we seem to balance each other out. He keeps me from dwelling too much and I keep him grounded in reality.
You'll get there!
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Meg, mom to:
Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Sun, 02/08/2004 - 11:19am
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Hello and Welcome!! Glad you have found this sight it is wonderful. You will find loads of information here, along with lots of love and support!
First, I have some questions? Did ds have a reaction or was he diagnosed another way? Was your ds diagnosed by a pediatric allergist or his pediatrician? If not a pediatric allergist you may want to make an appoitment to see one. You may want to have some more tesing done to see if he has allergies to tree nuts, seseame and sunflower, which often come hand in hand with PA. Also, till you have further testing, you may want to avoid all tree nuts also just in case, there is an issue of cross contamination with peanut and tree nut. Did your doctor give you a prescription for an Epipen, Jr? And give you instructions on the epipen and benadryl usage? You may want to see about getting that right away.
There are some wonderful sites with lots of information on PA besides this one such as: [url="http://www.foodallergy.org,"]www.foodallergy.org,[/url] this is the site of "The Food Allergy & Anaphylatic Network".
Tons of info here. also, [url="http://www.aaaai.org"]www.aaaai.org[/url] there are many others, just do a search under peanut allergies, nut allergies, or any combination and you will find a ton.
There are also some good books, "The Peanut Allergy Answer Book" and "Caring for Your Child with Severe Food Allergies". Both of these I have read and recommened them. There is so much information out there that it is hard to get all of it in one place, but these are good starting points.
Along the way you will have lots of questions and this is a good support group for that. Glad that you found us. And again, welcome!
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Alicia, mom to:
Edward-20 years-EA,dog, cat,sulfa drugs
Cody-8 years- EA,dog,cat,mosquito
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,dog,cat,Amoxicillian,Zithromax,Asthma

Posted on: Sun, 02/08/2004 - 11:56am
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Hi! Peyton was diagnosed by skin test by an allergy/ashtma/ and immunolgist. She did a RAST specific blood test for peanut allergy, but we have not gotten the results yet.
Peyton does not eat much foods (which is anongoing battle), but he did like to eat Resees peanut butter cups. I did find that when he did eat it, his ashtma would act up. He never broke out in hives. Besides that he never really ate peanuts/nuts etc...
No, we did not ger a prescription for Epipen, Jr. Should I ask for one?
Im sure I will have more questions in the future.
Niki mom to Peyton 3 years old (now diagnosed with PA, and a list of others asthma, "probable, atypical" Williams Syndrome, microcephaly, petit mal seizures, small stature, partial hearing loss, recurrent upper respitory infections and pneumonia, behavioral and sleep disturbances, PDA, ASD, and the list gets bigger!!! and possible Primary Immune System Definciy)
Quote:Originally posted by Shaylynsmom:
[b]Hello and Welcome!! Glad you have found this sight it is wonderful. You will find loads of information here, along with lots of love and support!
First, I have some questions? Did ds have a reaction or was he diagnosed another way? Was your ds diagnosed by a pediatric allergist or his pediatrician? If not a pediatric allergist you may want to make an appoitment to see one. You may want to have some more tesing done to see if he has allergies to tree nuts, seseame and sunflower, which often come hand in hand with PA. Also, till you have further testing, you may want to avoid all tree nuts also just in case, there is an issue of cross contamination with peanut and tree nut. Did your doctor give you a prescription for an Epipen, Jr? And give you instructions on the epipen and benadryl usage? You may want to see about getting that right away.
There are some wonderful sites with lots of information on PA besides this one such as: [url="http://www.foodallergy.org,"]www.foodallergy.org,[/url] this is the site of "The Food Allergy & Anaphylatic Network".
Tons of info here. also, [url="http://www.aaaai.org"]www.aaaai.org[/url] there are many others, just do a search under peanut allergies, nut allergies, or any combination and you will find a ton.
There are also some good books, "The Peanut Allergy Answer Book" and "Caring for Your Child with Severe Food Allergies". Both of these I have read and recommened them. There is so much information out there that it is hard to get all of it in one place, but these are good starting points.
Along the way you will have lots of questions and this is a good support group for that. Glad that you found us. And again, welcome!
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Posted on: Sun, 02/08/2004 - 11:36pm
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Welcome Niki and Peyton!
Wow, it sounds like you've had a lot thrown at you in a short time. It must feel a little overwhelming to have so much information to sort through. I hope we can help make it a little easier.
As for PA, yes, you should get an Epipen Jr. prescription, and keep it with you at all times. You should also carry Benadryl. Although his reactions thus far haven't been severe, that can change. Better to be prepared.
Important foods to avoid are bakery items, scooped ice cream (they use the same scoop for all flavors so there is a significant chance of cross-contamination), many commercial baked goods (most Keebler products, for example) and Asian foods (especially Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai). Spend some time on the Manufacturers Forum, and you'll get an idea of what to look for when evaluating whether or not a particular food is safe for Peyton to consume.
Another helpful link is [url="http://www.foodallergyinitiative.org"]www.foodallergyinitiative.org[/url] . They have lots of good information and forms for downloading.
BTW, one of the employees at our local supermarket has Williams syndrome, and I have to tell you that she is the person I most look forward to seeing every time I go in to shop. She's just one of those people that has a knack for brightening anyone's day, no matter how crummy it may have been.
Lastly, if you read anything on this site that is confusing, contradictory or just doesn't make sense to you, please don't hestitate to ask questions. One of us will always be glad to help.
Best of luck!
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 4:36am
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Polly, Hello and Welcome! I am glad your son Tanner has recovered from his ordeal in December and it seems like you have too.
I am glad you found this sight it has so much to offer.
I am new to this sight as of January too, after DD first reaction also in December.
Ask lots of questions, everyone seems to have tons of answers and advice, it is great!
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Alicia, mom to:
Edward-20 years-non PA
Cody-8 years-non PA
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,Asthma

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 7:03am
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Hi Polly!
We found out about our son's PA at the same age. It is very overwhelming at first. Hope you find a lot of support and information here. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Tina
Trevor age 2 -PA
Harmony age 1 -KNA
It's a BOY!!! due June 24, 2004

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 8:16am
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Welcome Polly! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 10:13am
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Welcome Polly!
I hope what you read here is helpful, and that if you have any questions you won't hesitate to ask.
See you on the boards,
Amy

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