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Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2006 - 5:21am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

daycare: 6 weeks, pn free room, 9-12 months old= no rxns that we are aware of.
daycare: 12 weeks, NOT pn free (parents were "asked not to send it" but did so routinely), 15-18 months old= many contact rxns, terrible eczema exacerbations, asthma, continuous ear infections, eventually pneumonia resulting in removal.
daycare/preschool, pn free, 20-24 months old= many contact rxns (many from egg?) two serious enough to require treatment with Benadryl and steroid cremes. We were (diplomatically, of course) asked to leave for her safety.
Cyberschool (three months, 3rd grade): two field trips, (day-long only, parent present, non-food oriented). One aerosol rxn-- she walked in the room, her eyes and nose poured and she had facial hives-- without touching [i]anything[/i]. This resolved after leaving the area and dosing with Benadryl and albuterol. The cause? cookies were being served. I can only imagine that they must have been pn.
Second event was rxn free.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 1:02am
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Jimmy's Mom - there's something in the Cross Reactive list about grass. I can't remember what but you may want to take a look at it. The reason I do remember anything at all [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] is because I re-raise the Cross-Reactive list fairly often and one time I did re-read it. I remember on a couple of occasions thinking Jesse was having a PA reaction when it was, in fact, grass. One time I even ran him over to the hospital the hives were so bad. So, there's something in that list about peanuts + grass (my apologies - I need more coffee and I know this has nothing to do with reactions at school, I just thought you might find it an interesting read).
Wow. Great response, thank-you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I think what I was trying to do aside from get information was have a thread where parents whose PA children are going to school for the first time very soon (why does it feel like the summer is over already? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ) can come and have a look and see what the reality has been for a lot of us who have had children in school for one year or for eight, KWIM?
I'm not saying that my life is hunky dory fine and that school is not a scary thing for me each and every year and that I always feel as though I'm a total let down because I do let some things fall through the cracks with the school (that whole time and energy thing and picking your battles thing), but for some reason, and dam*it, it could change in a flash, as we all know, but when I look at my guy, know how sensitive I think he is and then recognize that he has gone to school for seven years with only one reaction in the school, it gives me some solace and some hope. Does that make any sense?
So, when I look at that, I want to look at what it is that has made that possible and I would really have to say it was the "peanut free" classrooms when Jesse was younger.
Then, maybe some parents can look at this thread and see, okay, this is what worked for a FEW of the PA parents for their PA children; maybe it would work in our situation too and keep our child reaction free.
No guarantees. No lessening of anxiety. No not fearing the phone ringing. But something that may be of solace - or, you know what? Maybe something that changes your mind from one way of schooling to another.
Man, do I ever need another coffee. Babble speak at 11:00 a.m. Who woulda thunk? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
(I have to get my computer time in now before Jesse wakes up - once that happens, I'm history).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:40pm
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Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

Lets see... Timmy is going into 5th grade so Pre-K - 4th = 5 years.
K4= No rxn's (that I remember)
k5= Almost daily reaction for weeks till we realized it was sleeping on the floor at nap time that was causing them (they were so bad that I was called to pick him up several times a week) Once I bought a beach lounge chair for him to sleep on we had a good year.
1st Grade= Anaphalactic Reaction to a bunny brought in for show and tell (did not know he was allergic to rabbits). Anaphalactic reaction to residue on a lunchroom table at early morning care, before school started.
2nd Grade= No reactions that I can remember at school. (One anaphalactic reaction at a spaghetti church supper from touching a peanut butter cookie that was inside a styrofoam container. When I asked the lady who had made the cookies if there were any with peanuts she said, "No, I only made peanut butter cookies and macadamia nut cookies, none with peanuts." DUH!
3rd Grade= Anaphalactic reaction at a school sponsered basketball game in which a group of children were rewarded with Reese's Cups for a half-time game and he later played a pick up basketball game with several of the boys who must have had residue on their hands.
(During this time he had several anaphalactic reactions at home also- one to a Kellogg's cereal that had no warning, one to a Chip's Ahoy cookie- again with no warning on it. And one to residue on a computer keyboard.)
4th grade= No major reactions at school, but a LOT of hives, swollen lip and eye reactions. (One reaction at home with severe hives from ice cream- he looked like a burn victim. It was not anaphalactic but we made two trips to the E.R. in two days and needed IV steroids and benedryl to bring it under control.)
Wow, way too many reactions... but just as many at home as at school unfortuneatly. (Bad Mommy!) I think this is the correct years but am not positive. I could probably figure it out if I went through the archives but I'm too tired to do that [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 9:30pm
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Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

DD entering 2nd grade this fall.
Knock on wood, all school reactions have been contact and resolved with Benedryl and Cortaid.
Most significant was from using money (coins) in her classroom. She rubbed her eyes with her hands this time so the reaction went beyond hives and itching. Her eyes were watering, swollen and red. School nurse figured this out, washed the coins and all was fine in Math class for the rest of the year.
Other reactions were from sitting on something, or a friend touching her after eating offending food.
DD very smart and aware, will immediately go to the nurse and know what she has been touched with.
Keep Smiling
DD - allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, and egg

Posted on: Sun, 07/16/2006 - 5:55am
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Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by CVRTBB:
[b]1st Grade= Anaphalactic Reaction to a bunny brought in for show and tell (did not know he was allergic to rabbits). [/b]
Wow. Does he have a lot of environmental allergies? Asthma? Are they under control? Have you had him tested for other allergies like latex? I imagine if he's allergic to a lot of environmentals, that may be why he's so sensitive to residues (like he's already having an allergic reaction to pollen/dust, so his body isn't able to handle the residue). Almost like an OAS response, kwim? Considering he's anaphylaxed to residues and things like Chips Ahoy, which don't generally cause full blown anaphylaxis.
I just feel so bad for him, having so many anaphylactic reactions already at such a young age. I can't imagine how horrible these reactions are for your family, considering how sad I feel for him just reading about it.
Anyway, not the reason I was posting. I was really just wondering if he tested really high for rabbits, because LOTS of rabbit/small animal foods have peanuts and tree nuts in it. Did he touch the rabbit by any chance, or could the kid with the rabbit have brought the rabbit's food along, or not washed his hands after handling the food and smeared residue?

Posted on: Sun, 07/16/2006 - 6:10am
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Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

1 year of school, no reactions.
Peanut-free classroom. 1 kid brought peanut candy for himself once, intercepted by teacher quickly. Supportive teachers and school district nurse with a clear prevention and treatment plan. Kids in the classroom all required to wash hands upon arriving at school (right after lunchtime). Half-day kindergarten, so no school lunch, only snack time. Ate only food provided by me (alternative treat bag kept in the classroom for birthday treat times) and a few things I checked out that the teachers provided on special occasions.

Posted on: Sun, 07/16/2006 - 9:53am
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Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

Yes, he does have asthma but it is very well controlled most of the time. He does have a lot of environmental allergies, but is also anaphalactic to cats. He held the bunny and everywhere it touched was blistery red and welted with hives. It was a definate contact reaction from touching it. It is the same reaction he has from touching cats (which he did twice in his entire life- first time at 3 yrs old before we knew he was allergic and second time at 5 years old, he couldn't resist a cute little kitty at a friends house). He has not entered a house that the family owned a cat since he was 5. I am now allergic to them also.
Gotta run, HTH.
PS: Yes, I feel horrible that he has had so many severe reactions. I try so hard to keep him safe... but it never seems to be good enough. We just changed churches over the allergy issue (among other things).

Posted on: Sun, 07/16/2006 - 10:07am
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Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

bryce has been in school for 5 years now and chase in school for 2 years. we have only had a couple "minor" reactions at school involving contact and possible inhalation. we have never...thank goodness...dealt with either of them accidentally ingesting anything containing peanuts at school. i hope this never becomes our reality.
so far...so good. we've had lots of help from parents,kids and staff (especially in the last two to three years). the first couple of years were much more difficult as the school learned about PA along with me. now we are doing much better.

Posted on: Tue, 07/18/2006 - 6:50am
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Joined: 04/24/2004 - 09:00

My DS has been in school for 6 years. He has had no reactions at school so far. His classrooms were all peanut free and he was at a peanut free table for 4 1/2 years.
He goes to middle school next year--I really hope the track record keeps going so well. Whole new scene.
He is RAST >100.

Posted on: Wed, 07/19/2006 - 7:55am
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Joined: 07/26/2001 - 09:00

Counting preschool and kindergarten, Ian has been in school for 2 years. The preschool was entirely nut-free before we got there, and he had no reactions that year. For kindergarten, he had a nut-free classroom and sat at a nut-free table in the cafeteria. He had one reaction about a month before the end of the year, probably due to residue on his nut-free table. I suspect it had been used by students eating PB at previous lunch periods. He had hives for 3 days, and this was the first reaction he'd had in 4 years.


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