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We have our first visit with the allergist on Thursday morning. I want to compile a list of questions before we go because I know I will forget something. What should I be asking? Just to review my DD is 16 months and had her first reaction to peanuts last week. Our pediatrician also suspects environmental allergies. She had blood tests done, and that is how we knew about the peanut allergy. Will he do more testing? What should I expect? Also, how do I know if he is being thorough?

On Jun 13, 2007

Since your daughter is so young, don't expect too many positives to show up. It may take another year for alot of the environmentals to start popping up. I think cat and dog were our only positives when the kids were young. Their lists got longer around age 4. I recently started my 1yr old on Zyrtec anyways, even without any positive EA testing. I *know* she is allergic, he nose would run non-stop...she'd have boogers on her clothes, in her hair etc... Zyrtec stopped it all, much better!

You can ask(if they are drawing blood anyways) to check for other allergens, (like the peanut again, tree nuts, any other foods you are worried about(chicken, eggs, milk, soy....or just do the top 8). For EA start with things you know, dust mites, cats, dogs, molds...we also did grass and trees(scratch tests) but so far my 3yr old has been negative(but he is very symptomatic and on Zyrtec anyways too).

I am always sad to see young babies allergic to peanut butter. I wish the doctors would push more for parents to avoid it until they are older(like 4-5). But I guess you don't really know until you've had other kids with allergies....no way would I give my 1 1/2yr old peanut butter, were not trying that one for about 3 more years!! Good luck at your appt!

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

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On Jun 13, 2007

Unless he's unusual, I wouldn't expect your doctor to give you much help with the every day stuff. Mine referred me to the local peanut allergy chapter and said they were much better at providing direction on how to live with peanut allergy.

The things I would have wanted to know about my doctor in the early stages were things like:

- What's his philosophy on medications (assuming asthma is involved)? Aggressive or conservative?

- When and why does he see a need for retesting?

- Where does he stand on total avoidance vs. allowing a child to have "may contain" foods if he/she can tolerate it?

- What symptoms [i]for my child[/i] necessitate the use of an Epi-Pen?

- How do I go about getting the practical things I need to live from his office (signed school plan, letter for travel, etc.)

On Jun 16, 2007

Hi,

Just wondering how the visit went?

Take care, Daisy

On Jun 16, 2007

Things went well. He was great with her (she usually hates doctors). He wants to do skin testing, but not the intradermal, just the surface testing. We are scheduled for that on July 18th. He gave us more epi's and made sure that I was well trained. And he said to stay away from anything that might have been exposed to peanuts. He is also trying to get some of th environmental stuff under control. We are doing a short trial of nasonex. All in all it was a good visit.

On Jun 16, 2007

hope the nasonex helps, 5 of my kiddos are on Nasalcort and it helps alot. Good luck!!

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE) Savannah-1 (milk and egg) Foster Mom to Cody-10 (seasonal/environmental allergies) Jordan-6 (also seasonal and environmental)

On Jun 16, 2007

Epi-trained? Good with kids? Aware of cross-contamination? Wow, sounds like your DD hit the jackpot in the Doc dept!

He'll be a great ally when she starts school and you have to navigate a 504.

Glad you had a good appt.

Keep us posted, Daisy

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