Son with Possible PA


I suspected my son had a PA when I tried to give him PB when he was about a year old, and he turned away. I happened to get a tiny bit on his lip, which he did not ingest, and he broke out in hives. That scared me. I spoke to my Pediatrician and he suggested doing my own "test" -- putting some PB on Caleb's back where he couldn't touch it to see it he reacted. He did -- two days later he still has a concentrated patch of tiny bumps where I had the PB. Where do I go from here? He's not due for another DR. visit til Sept. I guess I'm afraid of being treated the way most parents are treated by doctors -- like an overreacting idiot.


On Apr 20, 2001

Hi there. My son was diagnosed in Jan of this year. He is 3. I too did my own test which almost killed him. NEVER, EVER DO A TEST BY YOURSELF WHEN YOU SUSPECT PEANUT ALLERGY. I had suspected he had PA but was a little ignorant about it. I gave him a piece of a little peanut to try and right away he grabbed his throat, started swelling up. We rushed him to the hospital, thank God he was okay. I learned my lesson. You should treat your child as if he is PA unitl you find out otherwise. This is something (PA)that is unpredictable and extremely dangerous. You are not overeacting at all. Gather all the information you can about this allergy. It has really helped me. Information is power! Hope this helps. Tina

On Apr 20, 2001

Andrea, Welcome! It sounds like your son is allergic to peanuts. Make an appointment with a pediatric allergist ASAP! I don

On Apr 20, 2001


Hi! I might also recommend that if your doctor said to test your son yourself then maybe he isn't the best person to see about this. See if you can go straight to an allergist or if you have to see the doctor first then insist they refer you on. Do not wait until September. The sooner you find out if your son is allergic or not the sooner you can start educating yourself or stop worrying!


On Apr 21, 2001

Hi Andrea,

My son is 7 and we have been dealing with his food allergies since birth. I will be blunt about pediatricians and allergists in the southeastern part of CT. They are at best clueless and at worst dangerous when it comes to diagnosing and advising families about food allergies. After several diff. doctors we found by word of mouth of other people dealing with life threatening food allergies the group Connecticut Allergy and Asthma. We use Dr. Factor out of their Middletown office which is the closest to us as we live in Norwich CT. Please make an appointment with them as soon as possible. They will take the time to take a total history of your child's needs and will help you navigate this difficult path. I would be happy to talk with you on the phone if you need support. We are in the phonebook.

Take care, Janet Laflamme

On Apr 21, 2001

Andrea I was horrifed to read that your doctor suggested you test your child yourself. Our daughter had her first reaction at two after tasting a bar with peanut butter in it. Her reaction had settled down by the time we got to the emergency room. I suspected the peanut butter was the cause the doctor thought that she was having a croup attack. Thank goodness i trusted my own instinct and got her to an allergist. She is dangerously allergic. Go to an allergist get an epipen and read everything!!!! Tell everyone that will have contact with your child. Best of luck to you. P.s I'm new to this site but have found it to be a great comfort to talk with other moms and dads that understand.