Should the dr have known....?

Posted on: Tue, 06/03/2003 - 4:08am
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I've already posted this story on the 'Introduction' board but I wanted to share here and get people's opinions...

My ds, now 2.5, always hated pb or anything peanut. Rubbed his eyes on looking back it was probably pb related. 2 weeks ago he started rubbing his eyes (i thought he'd got suntan lotion in them), then wanted to go to bed. 10 minutes later he was vomiting. Then he got very congested and started wheezing. (He has viral induced asthma up until now). He cried for an hour while I ran for juice and tried taking care of my 8 month old at the same time - I had no idea what was going on.

By the time I heard from the nurse at my ped's office she said I could bring him in or wait it out. By the time we saw the doctor she could find NO indications of the symptoms I'd described and was bouncing off the walls. She diagnosed it as viral which I knew didn't really make sense but didn't know what else to do...I'd even asked her if it could have been an allergy...she said it wouldn't have gone away on it's own...

4 days later ds took a bite of a pb cookie. He spit it out and broke out in hives...we suddenly had an explanation for the previous 'attack'! I recalled that at some point that week he'd insisted on a bite of my peanut butter sandwich and when he made a face, I told him just to swallow it. I am certain now that this occured minutes before his first attack.

I beat myself up for not realizing the serious condition my son was in and am thankful it wasn't any worse, but I also can't help but think the nurse should have realized the possibility as well when I described eye rubbing followed by vomiting followed by sudden congestion and wheezing. And then I feel CERTAIN that the doctor should have realized the possiblity when she examined him and found no signs of illness. She should have questioned me about what he'd eaten or been exposed to, and not dismissed it as viral! Especially when I suggested an allergy! She said no - it would not have gone away on its own if it was an allergy. Is this true? And even so I feel she should have been more open-minded when the alternative made little sense either. Who comes down with a full-blown case of the flu in 30 minutes and then is miraculously healed within 2 hours? I am tempted to write a letter to my dr's office asking them to better educate their dr's and nurses on the signs of anphylaxic attacks but I don't know if it would accomplish anything. They'd probably be insulted and assume I wanted to sue them. Would like some feedback. I've been happy with my dr's office until this and this wasn't even the dr I usually see.

If nothing else, I intend to educate all the moms I know on the signs of food allergy. Thanks for your support - Michelle

Posted on: Fri, 06/13/2003 - 8:22am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I can relate.
We had a similar PB hater too, but never put two and two together.
Exclusively breastfed babies, however, rarely get severe eczema. I do blame Ryan's pediatricians for not recommending food allergy testing. I also place some blame on the pediatrician I consulted for a second opinion regarding his eczema as well as a top-notch allergist. Nobody ever suggested that maybe he should be tested.
Had he been diagnosed at three months instead of three years of age, maybe his RAST would have been a lot lower, and maybe he would have had a chance of outgrowing his peanut allergy. Maybe not, but now we'll never know. We were never given a chance.

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