New here! I'm a mother to a 7 year old boy that was just

Posted on: Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:29am
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New here! I'm a mother to a 7 year old boy that was just diagnosed with a peanut allergy among some environmental allergies. It's been less than 48 hours and I feel like I'm in a whirlwind trying to educate myself and my family as to what precautions need to be made. I'm here looking to learn any hints and tips that experienced mothers may be able to share.

Posted on: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 9:23am
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Hi There,
Sorry for the diagnosis.... It is really overwhelming when you first find out but it IS manageable. MY son is 13 and he has been allergic since he was 2. We have had one anaphylactic reaction when he was 4 and some less severe reactions (hives). Read labels on everything. We do not consume "may contains" products. I started a spreadsheet in the beginning to help me keep track of what companies were good about labeling. ( That was back when it wasn't mandatory to label as an ingredient. ) Now, if it is in the food as an ingredient it has to be listed. If it "may contain" it doesn't have to be listed but most companies do label it. But call the companies of products you eat all time to be sure.
The biggest thing is getting your child to wash his hands with soap and water before eating anything. The "FARE" Is great source of info too.
Good Luck\

Posted on: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:10pm
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I am sorry to hear about this. It is very overwhelming and in a case like ours, our 3 year old has a severe PA and none of our friends or family members have children with a PA so (at times) you can feel alone. I totally agree with everything MRSDOCRSE said above, I would add that my biggest piece of advice is to be diligent and pro- active. If we are going to restaurants that we are unsure about, I go online and check out their menus and I will follow up with a phone call to the manager for better clarification. For my daughter's school, I write letters and send home with the children or the daycare has allowed me to send emails. If its a food we do not regularly eat or at a restaurant we will "test" her first. We give her a tiny, tiny piece of the food and wait 15 minutes to see if there will be a reaction. I supply all of her own cupcakes and food to birthday parties she is invited to. I have started a facebook group "A Peanut Allergy Life" to spread awareness to our immediate circle of family and friends to educate others on the severity. I have found the best way to give myself piece of mind is to educate others. My daughter was diagnosed when she was 2 so we are a year and a half into it. My friend told me the other day, "gosh, you sure do know alot." My reply to her "when you are thrown something as severe as this, you want to absorb any knowledge you can as fast as you can and you have to learn a lot quickly" Take Care.

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2014 - 3:10am
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Thank you both. It's still not real to me yet. The nurse at his school and head of his after school program have been amazingly accommodating. I'm not sure if I mentioned it, however, I also have a 17 month old daughter that hasn't tried peanut products yet. She will be tested in 6 months when my son goes back. Luckily she attends a peanut free daycare/school, so I'm not concerned at the moment, but I really hope she is not allergic.

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2014 - 7:55am
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Hi Again,
Since my last post I have attended a lecture near my home that was given by the author of "The peanut allergy answer book" by Dr Michael Young. I have a copy of the original book but he just released an updated version. It is worth the read. In addition there are some new thoughts and tests on allergy testing children who have not had a clinical reaction. But I found the book to be very helpful in understanding what happens when having a reaction, how to avoid it and sorting out what is safe and what is not safe.
If you get the book I would be curious how you liked it.

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