possibly a peanut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 4:34am
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My 18month old son come in contact with his brother's peanutbutter and fluff sandwich last night. A little while later my husband says i need to look at Alex. It was obvious that he was having an allergic reaction. So I gave him benadryl and called the doctor on duty. Was told to make sure the reaction was subsiding and call my doc in morning.

I called my doctor and said I would like to take him to an allergist and have him evaluated. He gave me a persciption for an epi-pen but said just avoid peanut products. He also said that they can't fully detect allergys thru testing til 3 years old. He wouldn't give me a referral because he said an allergist would say the same thing that he already told me.

I will get that referral somehow but i need some advice on how to deal with this allergy.

Thank you for whatever you can tell me.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 6:22am
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I find it odd that your doctor would not want to do a blood test or RAST test to determine other food allergies as well.
My (original) ped was just as unhelpful, and like yours would not refer me to an allergist or give me an epipen. My son had hives after eating peanut butter at 13 months. She did have a blood test taken, and he rated high on the allergen testing (RAST test). I got a few books, one that I really like and recommend is the Peanut Allergy Answer Book. When I read over and over and over how important it was to have an epipen and I questioned her on (again) why no prescribtion or referal, she told me that epipens could cause heart attacks and that my son was too small.
We dropped her, got a new ped and a referal to an allergist who completly disagreed with our original ped's opinion and told us that we were right in dropping her.
I would think about looking into a new ped, and speak to the nurses at the new potential doctor's office to gain insights on how the new doctor would go about getting testing and determinations for food allergies.
Also, get that book, and come here often. This place has provided more support, current info and guidence in this matter than any other I have seen.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 6:35am
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I really am surprised that our ped has taken the back seat about this issue. He has been great with everything else. Our 18 month old also has asthma and a penicillin allergy.
I hate the thought of having to drop him as a ped.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 6:59am
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Then I would highly suggest finding an allergist to get your son tested. Granted, they might not do an 'across the board' test at 18 mo but I found it 'comforting' to know where my dd was on the RAST. And to serve as a baseline for future blood tests. Besides that, personally, I like to feel confident in our doctors, we don't have one we love right now but at least I feel confident in their knowledge base. Glad you found the website already. It has been SOOO helpful to me!
PS - I'd also highly recommend the Peanut Answer book.
Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 9:10am
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My allergist wouldn't test my son either at that age. The allergist said it was to dangerous. I was told to stay away from nuts and have him tested when he was 5yrs old. If your son had a bad reaction, chances are are he will test positive to peanuts. The more he is exposed to nuts, the worse the allergy gets. I know it is hard, but try and get rid of nuts around the house. I come from an Italian background and we had bowls of nuts everywhere in the house... Now nothing.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 9:04pm
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We'll after reading what everybody thought i should do I spoke to dh. I made him call and say that we were going to take him to an allergist and he needs to send the referral. The doctor said fine just give him the fax number.
However, we still are not sure if it was the peanut butter sandwich or something else. I was upstairs and dh was loading the dishes. We at this point are assuming it was the peanuts since he was still in his high chair from dinner.I am hoping that the allergist can give me a heads up to what happened.
Unfortunatly, when I came back from picking up the epi-pen I was conveying to dh how much this would effect our lives he doesn't realise this is a big deal. I have a cousin whose children have a severe allergy to milk and dairy. So for the past two years the family has been hearing about allergies. My husband blows it off and says it is the parents resposiblity to watch what their kids touch not everybodies. Last night we wanted to go to dinner. He jsut doesn't get it that i am scared now. He says it isn't a big deal. I am hoping he gets on the internet and reads what can happen.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2004 - 9:57pm
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Sheri, Your dh could be in denial right now, but when he actually sees a bad reaction he will change his tune very quickly. Sorry to hear he is not supportive. He may not be ready to read things about pa yet, but in time he will. He will have to.
Sandy

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 3:21am
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Quote:Originally posted by Sandy:
[b]My allergist wouldn't test my son either at that age. The allergist said it was to dangerous. I was told to stay away from nuts and have him tested when he was 5yrs old. [/b]
I don't understand what is dangerous about taking a blood test/rast test. They have to take a blood test anyway (at least in the States) for a lead screening, so what my new ped did was issue the lead screening and then a RAST test at the same time. It was only an extra vial of blood needed.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 3:25am
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Quote:Originally posted by sheri277:
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My husband blows it off and says it is the parents resposiblity to watch what their kids touch not everybodies. Last night we wanted to go to dinner. He jsut doesn't get it that i am scared now. He says it isn't a big deal. I am hoping he gets on the internet and reads what can happen.[/b]
If your child's testing comes back positive for peanuts, this is where (and I love this book) The Peanut Allergy Answer Book is an extremely helpful tool and IMO, really helps people "get it". Again, if it is positive get a copy. Or two and have your hubby read it at the same time you do.
[url="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1931412588/qid=1079634268/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-8267987-5992606?v=glance&s=books&n=507846"]http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/det...=books&n=507846[/url]

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 5:17am
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I agree that you need to see an allergist asap. My daughter was tested at 12 months of age by a skin test and also by a rast test.
Unless you do the research and " live the life", no one fully understands this allergy. Although my hubby is great with our daughters allergies, I don't think he takes it as seriously as me. For instance, if he is taking her somewhere, he needs a gentle reminder to take the epi-pen.
If you are dealing with a peanut allergy, your husband will come around. He'll have to!
Good luck,
Denise

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 5:43am
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sheri277,
Make sure you write down everything you had to eat the night your child had the reaction. Our allergist told us to do that if our daughter ever had another reaction. That way he could go over it with us & see if there was anything else we needed to test or retest for.
Most Importantly, remember we are here & know where you are coming from. So don't hesitate to post when you have questions, need support or just need to vent!
Lea
mom to Jamie-almost 4-PA & TNA
& to David-almost 1-unknown

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