Teenager with peanut allergy dies after a kiss

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Here is a link to a story about a teenage girl...very sad and scary...

[url="http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051125/peanut_allergy_051125/20051125?hub=Health"]http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/st...1125?hub=Health[/url]

------------------ Liz, mom to:

B: age 14 with asthma, bee sting allergy, mild EA's and eczema

M: age 11 with asthma, peanut & nut, severe EA's and eczema

A: age 6 with asthma, peanut, nut, fish, penicillin, severe EA's and eczema

On Nov 28, 2005

I just read this and it's so scary! I had a reaction once from a kiss (my bf had eaten a peanut butter cookie), but I did not go into anaphylactic shock. My lips blew up and I took benadryl. Since then, anyone I've dated has been forbidden from eating peanuts unless I'm on vacation. When people hear it's a life or death thing they're understanding. My bf goes nuts (pardon the pun) when I go away for a few days. He eats package upon package of peanut butter cups! I tease him that when I go away he cheats on me with Mr. Peanut!

On Nov 28, 2005

Looks like CNN's Paula Zahn show at 8pm eastern time (USA) is going to have a segment on peanut allergy because of this story: A look at the dangers of peanut allergies and ways to avoid deadly reactions, "Paula Zahn NOW," 8 p.m. ET

Here is a link to the story on the girl's death and mention of the Paula Zahn segement: [url="http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/11/28/kiss.death.ap/index.html"]http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/11/28/kiss.death.ap/index.html[/url]

CarolG

On Nov 28, 2005

That is so so sad for everyone involved.

On Nov 28, 2005

So sad to hear another tragedy. The report says she was given her Epi almost immediatley. Hate to hear when it fails. Scares me so much.

God Bless her soul... and God be with her family.

On Nov 28, 2005

Actually, news released earlier today, she was not given the epi immediately. Nobody knew she had it.

I am linking to another allergicliving, scroll down to a post by gwentheeditor (her second post in this thread. She quoted from Karen Eck of OASG (a very reputable place to get Canadian allergy info).

[url="http://www.allergicliving.com/node/552"]http://www.allergicliving.com/node/552]

On Nov 28, 2005

I showed this to my 10 year old peanut allergic son. I had him sit down and read the article. I think that it will help make him more aware of his sorroundings. The children need to know that thi can happen not only by ingestion.

Prayers of Peace be with the family!

On Nov 28, 2005

Is this the same death that darthcleo posted about last week, or is this a different person who died from a kiss?

On Nov 28, 2005

Same girl, Carefulmom. So sad. It is a little bit of a relief to *me* to know the epi wasn't given right away...but so awful for her family and friends. Meg

On Nov 28, 2005

Me too. It seems like almost every time someone claims the epi was given right away, when the details come out, it wasn`t.

Haven`t seen you on the boards lately!

On Nov 28, 2005

Renee111064, I had wanted to discuss this with my guy over the week-end but I was unable to (not because of the subject, because I was not able to discuss anything).

Can you tell me how you sat him down with the article? Did he have any questions?

For some reason I was thinking about this again tonight (oh, because I posted an e-mail in another thread re this) and thought, yes, I have to discuss this with Jesse yet.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Nov 28, 2005

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On Nov 28, 2005

Just watched the CNN story. It was great except for when Dr. Gupta demonstrated the epipen incorrectly (same guy who a few months ago said to prevent allergies by introducing the allergenic foods early---more incorrect information). Sure hope dd`s teacher wasn`t watching when he demonstrated the epi. The rest was great, and talked about how little it takes to cause a reaction, and that an airborne reaction can occur if someone is eating peanuts a few rows away.

On Nov 28, 2005

first off i just have to say how sad this whole situation is... not to mention scary. my heart goes out to that family and the boyfriend.

i cant believe how much press this story is getting... im glad it is though. i've had a few friends come up to me today and mention that PA really must be as serious as i say it is. its just too bad it takes something this extreme before people are willing to believe... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

On Nov 28, 2005

This incident has really shaken my comfort zone. Just when I was feeling confident about my DD being a little more independent, I now want to lock her in her room to keep her safe.

My DD is going on a field trip on Friday to some museum. She told me she wanted to handle this on her own (she's 10) and doesn't want me to go. The kids will be bringing lunch from home, but the teacher assured me she would remind them not to bring in PB (someone always does) and that my DD will sit on the front of the bus with the teachers when they eat lunch on the bus. My DD seems fine with this. However, I'm not. But, I understand how she wants to do this on her own. In younger grades, there was not question that I would go with her. Now, she wants to go by herself.

I'm rethinking this...I think I should go. What do you think? Thanks.

On Nov 29, 2005

Ok, can someone give me some insight here?

In the CNN article it says that she died on Wednesday after a kiss on the weekend? Is it possible to have a fatal reaction that long after exposure??

I thought anaphylaxis happned right away to within 2 to 3 hours.

I'm really perplexed about this.

Amy Alex PA

On Nov 29, 2005

Amy, I believe what happened is she went into anaphylaxis right away. They probably had her on life support until Wednesday.

On Nov 29, 2005

Lindajo, my dd is also 10. Her 504 says I go on all field trips, and I still do. It doesn`t really bother her, as long as I don`t sit with her, and basically ignore her, and hang out with the teacher. When she was younger she liked me to sit with her, but definitely not now.

On Nov 29, 2005

Thanks, Carefulmom. I normally would go on all field trips with her, but she's showing some independence right now and feels she can handle it on her own. I trust her, its everyone else I don't trust. It's just that the recent death has shaken my confidence level. I let her go on her own on a field trip a month ago to the movies. I checked it out and there was absolutely no PB served, as the kids just had popcorn and soda. She brought her own and did fine and felt good that she accomplished it on her own.

But, this field trip, I know there will probably be some kid who brings PB anyway. I might just go to be sure I deal with the situation rather than the teachers, but take a "back seat" so to speak and let her do her own thing. Just go and kind of watch out for any unusual PB activity.

On Nov 29, 2005

I think it's great your giving more independence, but always remind the teachers to take 2 epipens with them. The teachers have a lot going on and can easily forget! The reason for 2 is if the teachers have to use it they can screw up with one epipen or it can misfire, hence backup epipen needed (I misfired my epipen the first time I had to use it on my daughter).

I guess I will show this article to my 12 and 10 year olds (they both are pa). How sad.

Good luck!

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On Nov 29, 2005

Can you explain how you misfired your epi, so we know what to avoid? Thanks.

On Dec 1, 2005

Hey Cin,

I just explained to my /DS what had happened to this girl, I know that my ds is only 10, but I feel that he needs to know different ways that he can come in contact with peanuts/pb.

After telling him, I just sat him down at the computer and showed him the article. I never beat around the bush with my children about potentially dangerous situations.

Hope this helps. I feel that my ds is old enough to read as to what can happen to him if he is not careful.

best wishes, Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to all!

On Dec 5, 2005

I am so sorry for this tragedy. It is the nightmare we parents have all feared. It has certainly heightened the awareness of the general public. I found this article useful and have printed it to add to my info. packet. I'm sorry I don't know how to turn it into a link.

[url="http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20020720/bob9.asp"]http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20020720/bob9.asp[/url]

Again my heart goes out to Christina's family, and to her friends who must be suffering terrible feelings of guilt.

On Dec 5, 2005

4 my girl, that's a very interesting article (and this board automatically makes it a link).

I was surprised that the article is dated [b]2002[/b]. I didn't realize the science community realized this risk that long ago.

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