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Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 6:06am
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My 6 year old daughter had an allergic reaction to peanuts on a Northwest peanut free flight. The flight was indeed peanut free however there must have been some residue from a past flight on the seat. Her eyes swelled and she got welts on her face and arms. We had to stay over in MSP for three days until we could get another "peanut free" flight to PX.

Now we are planning a trip from PX to Atlanta and Delta is very uncoopertive. Any advice? I am looking both for suggestions on dealing with the airline, and what to do on the actual flight. I always board early, dust the seats off, clean the tray tables, arm rests and windows with a bleach mixture. My daughter always washes her hands well, and I discourage her from touching her face and eyes. Should I be covering the seats with a sheet or something. Would a partical mask help?

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 4:19am
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Just a couple quick suggestions --
1) try to fly on earliest flights of the day -- cleaner airplane usually.
2) After initial phone conversation with Delta customer service, all correspondence with Delta should be in writing -- if time is of essence FAX things.
Good luck.
EB

Posted on: Fri, 01/25/2002 - 10:24am
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I am sorry about your daughter's reaction? We are flying Northwest next month. They have been very helpful so far, but of course there is always a risk, as you experienced! Did you have to use her Epi-pen? If so did you receive medical care upon landing? I planned to use antiseptic wipes on the seats, armrests and trays. I am not sure what else to do. Disposable seat liners(like incontinence covers) might be a good idea. I would worry about using a sheet because it may pick up residue that we would be stuck carrying around for the next leg of our flight.

Posted on: Sat, 01/26/2002 - 1:48am
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I have used disposable paper tablecloths to cover seats before. Got some weird looks, but who cares!! If the summer-picnic area of the store is not stocked with them, look in the party area.
What sort of dealings are you having with Delta? Run around? If you are left to try to work this out at the gate, please read some of the posts under other airlines (I think under UAL & US Air & others too) as to how to approach airline personnel on flight day.
Keep us posted when you can!
EB

Posted on: Sun, 01/27/2002 - 8:34am
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I would highly recommend you do not use Delta airlines but try and get a flight on American Airlines or Jet Blue. I was advised through several sources that neither of those airlines serve peanuts in-flight. Northwest, although very accomodating, with create a peanut free flight although previous flights may have served peanuts and the recirculationof air, therefore, may still have residue. Delta serves peanuts on board (within a snack mix) and will only offer a peanut-free zone (two rows surrounding the PA person). Additionally, travel as close to the front of the plane as possible as the "cleanest" recycled air is in the front. I will be travelling to Disney World in a few days and have had a daily plight to accumulate this and additional information concerning the current airline policies. Best of Luck.

Posted on: Sun, 01/27/2002 - 10:21am
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Renee: I am so sorry to hear about your childs reaction! This is so scary and upsetting to me.
I think the posts above had great suggestions and I am also curious about how you handled this reaction. Did you give her Benadryl? Epi pen? Is your daughter touch/airborn sensitive?
What should one do in this situation? After giving Epi we are to seek medical help immediately...on a flight you are trapped and it would take too long to get help after giving the epi! Advice anyone? Sounds to me like "peanut free flights" are not truly "peanut free"!!!!!!! How can they consider a flight nut free after another flight that was not nut free and how about recycled air....

Posted on: Tue, 01/29/2002 - 2:02pm
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Thank you for all your wonderful suggestions. Regarding disposable seat covers, they are available upon request (at least on Delta). I spoke to Delta and documented the conversation, they forward all health issues to Pittsburgh Medical Center for an inflight plan. I am sending them her RAST results which are a 6 for peanuts and a history of previous reactions.
My daughers previous reaction on NWA occured about 60 min. before landing. I had spoken to the flight crew extensively before the flight. One attendent was an EMT. We were in first class, and I informed the EMT as soon as I saw the hives begin to appear on her face and hands. Her eyes were also swelling shut. I gave her Benadryl and Prelone and had the EpiPen ready to go. The flight attendent informed the flight crew and they kept me informed of how long we had until landing. There were no delays so I can assume we were given priority to land. I did not panic as they would have been upsetting to my child. The Epipen was a saftey net that we did not have to use on this flight.
She had a prior reaction to airborne peanut particals in a statum. Her symptoms were astmatic, so we the doctor treated her with an inhaler Benadryl and Prelone. She had a topical reaction to birdseed which contained crusher peanuts.

Posted on: Wed, 01/30/2002 - 3:18am
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Renee, thanks for the info. and the description of what happened. My daughter's reactions sound similar to yours, she is also asthmatic so you have reminded me to bring along her oral steroids on our flight. She takes Orapred which tastes alot better than Prelone just FYI (my daughter throws up prelone). You must have felt relieved to have an EMT on board. I am glad all went well. I am trying to keep my anxiety to a minimum.
Thanks,
Megan

Posted on: Wed, 01/30/2002 - 3:09pm
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To have a reaction at 30,000 feet is quite scary! I am an ER RN and I can tell you the best way to prevent this sort of thing is to give benadryl and prelone 6 hrs before the flight and 1 hour before. Some doctors also say 12 hrs before. We have done this many times and had no problems whatsoever. Still take all other precautions and you should be able to actually enjoy your flight.
Laurie, RN

Posted on: Mon, 02/04/2002 - 12:50am
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Laurie, thanks for the advice. I will check with my daughter's pediatrician on pre-dosing with Benadryl as she already takes daily Claritin and Zyrtec. I will also ask about using the Orapred before we go. The thought of dealing with her steroid induced hyperactivity in the airport and onboard is not pleasant but it is probably worth it.

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2002 - 2:06pm
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Renee and 4 my girl, I don't want to scare you. I know you said that both of you children had asthmatic symptoms with PA. Its very important when the children have these symptoms. To determine where they are having the breathing problems. Is it in their chest or is it in their throats? I say this because, I have complained that I couldn't breathe off and on since 1996. I kept telling the doctors it came on all of a sudden, and it was in my throat. So they would say my lungs sound clear and I was getting oxygen. They would give some asthma medicine and send my on my way. In the last 2 years I landed in ER. And finally one doctor last year told me I'm having an Anaphylactic Reaction. The doctor said to make sure I tell EMS personnel that, because there are two different treatments for Anaphylasis and Asthma. The doctor said, that's why I wasn't getting better with the asthma medicine. They look the same, but you can feel the Anaphylactic Reaction in you throat. If not treated soon, you can go into Anaphylactic Shock. Please check with the doctor for sure, but if it is the latter you will need to use that EpiPen if you're not getting a response quick enough from the Benadryl or if their throat is trying to close. I hope this helps, but I'm not trying to frighten you anymore than you are. I just don't want to see you kids go through any undue pain. I know its hard looking at them and not understanding the allergic reactions their going through. I'm a PA adult, I know its much harder on children. I had asthma, and was allergic to food that would give me some of those kinds of reactions, but most were environmental. Take care. BE SAFE [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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