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Posted on: Sun, 02/10/2002 - 9:03am
4 my girl's picture
Joined: 11/02/2001 - 09:00

Thank you very much for your advice Sable247. Nothing is better than hearing it from someone who has been there. I will add my stethescope to my packing list. My daughter is only 4 and cannot always describe her problems perfectly. She could also end up with both things happening as the peanut contact also triggers her asthma. Your advice has not made me more nervous, just more informed and better prepared. Thanks again

Posted on: Tue, 04/02/2002 - 4:50am
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Joined: 01/02/2002 - 09:00

To follow up on this thread.....
4 my girl and Renee-
I have a PA 3 year old, and have had to use the epi-pen once to date. Although I am not an MD, I am a PhD research scientist and have done a lot of reading on PA. I can not emphasize enough how important it is to err on the side of overuse with the epi-pen. In a child, there is no danger associated with epi. If your child is displaying any symptoms at all (even if just hives), or if she is asymptomatic but you are certain there was an exposure, apply the epi-pen. Do NOT wait for her to exhibit breathing difficulties. Not to try to scare you, but there are documented cases where children have died even after the epi-pen has been administered, and in several of these cases it is thought that death resulted because the epi-pen was applied to late. I will also warn that not all doctors will give this advice, but in my experience those who suggest the "wait and watch" approach are giving dangerous advice.

Posted on: Tue, 04/02/2002 - 10:58am
mharasym's picture
Joined: 04/20/2001 - 09:00

I agree with bapel 100%. Our allergist has told us that the "old rule" was to use Benedryl and have a wait and see attitude. The NEW rule is to Epipen, Epipen, Epipen. He talked at a seminar of our local support group and couldn't emphasise it enough. He said under ALL circumstances, administer the Epipen. There are no contradictions (problems) in doing so and it is the FIRST line of defense, not the last.
I can relate totally to your experience as our son has his first peanut reaction (the one where we found out he was allergic) in an airplane at 25,000 feet. We knew he was allergic to egg and were told to avoid peanuts as a precautionary measure, but unfortunately, I cooked some pasta and put it in a plastic container to transport - turned out the plastic container was an old p.b. jar and he reacted to the pasta that was in the jar! We did exactly what you did. Administered Benedryl and took the wait and see approach. Turned out OK, but . . . Boy did we get an earful when we visited the Allergist afterwards. He has now convinced me that the only thing to do is Epipen. We don't even carry Benedryl with us anymore.

Posted on: Wed, 04/03/2002 - 3:45am
owensmom's picture
Joined: 01/09/2002 - 09:00

My PA son's allergist also gave us strict instructions to use the Epi as the first and only line of defence as soon as you know he's been in contact with peanut products or has exhibited the first sign of reaction (even if hives).
Babel or anyone else may be interested in our pediatic allergist Dr. Barry Zimmerman's website. He has specific info on When Should Epinephrine be administered. You get to the info by
-click food allergy
-click go to peanut allergy page
-go to the bottom of the peanut allergy page and click Dr John Weishagel's name (he's compiled research and journal material on PA)
-click When Should Epinephrine be administered

Posted on: Wed, 04/03/2002 - 8:14am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Here's a clickable link (let's hope) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 07/31/2002 - 10:29am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

Corvallis Mom: thank you for the above link! I found some very useful information there... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]



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