Found out yesterday that my son has a peanut allergy. :(

Posted on: Sun, 01/16/2011 - 3:00am
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Hello all,

My husband & I discovered yesterday that our 13 month old son has a peanut allergy. Our pediatrician said to try peanut butter after a year since there's no family history of allergies. I put a little on a cracker yesterday & my son ate 1 bite. Within a minute, his hands & face were covered in a rash. After 2 minutes, he was swelling & covered in hives. We knew he needed to get to a hospital, so we quickly made the decision to call 911. His condition was getting worse fast & we thought it was better to have him in a squad rather than the backseat of our car in case his airway became compromised. By the time we got to the hospital, his eyes were swollen shut!

Once we were at the hospital, the reaction seemed to slow down until we hit the 1.5 hour mark. Then, with in minutes, hives covered his entire little body & his tongue started to swell. I called the nurse who immediately started an iv with steroids & benadryl. Two hours later, he was fine & discharged. Not my idea of a fun saturday afternoon.

I'm joining this forum to become better educated on peanut allergies. My son will hopefully have a follow-up visit with his pediatrician on Monday or Tuesday & I want to be educated enough to ask the right questions. In addition, this is something I'm sure we will be dealing with for years to come & I know no one in real life with a peanut allergy, so I think this place could be helpful in navigating our future. Thanks!

Posted on: Sun, 01/16/2011 - 3:18am
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wow, scary!! So glad you called 911. I am so sorry you have to deal with this now, it is tough and stressful, but manageable. You just need to be 100% diligent and careful. Always read labels and always have your epi pen on hand.

Posted on: Sun, 01/16/2011 - 9:58am
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Boy, that is scary. Glad he is ok now. I would make an appointment with the allergist if you can. Make sure you get an epi pen and keep it with you at all times along with Benadryl. It is managable but it does take time to get used to. I was really over whelmed. But my son is 10 now and we go everywhere just about and do everything. It just takes some planning ahead.

Posted on: Mon, 01/17/2011 - 11:49pm
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Hi EEH. My partner and I discovered our 14 month old (at the time) had a peanut allergy after feeding her peanut butter, so I am not shocked at all to hear this. She also developed a rash all over her body. A very daunting experience for us as parents. She is now 3 and we are too too scared to give her peanuts again. We also have an 8 year old who isn't allergic to peanuts, thanks goodness! Nut he didn't quite understand why his baby sister couldn't eat them. Earlier this year we were recommended a comic book called What's Up With Paulina? Medikidz Explain Food Allergy. It follows a young girl who had a peanut allergy. It's really well written and easy to understand. And my son loves it because it follows a team of superheroes :)

Posted on: Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:10pm
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(((HUGS))) I am so sorry! I am so glad he is OK! I will refrain from commenting on that doctor that suggested you give your son peanut butter to see if he was allergic!
You have found the right place and lots of people here totally understand!
Be thankful that it is 2011 and not 1999 like it was when we found out our son was allergic! There is still a lot to be done about promoting awareness, but it is much better than it was 10 years ago.
I would definitely look up the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Their website is: http://www.foodallergy.org/ They are also an awesome organization full of information.
Our strategy has always been STRICT AVOIDANCE. We do not allow nuts of any kind, even though peanut is the only one he reacts to.
Anyway, I'm sure this is so overwhelming, but take a deep breath and remember at least you know now and can take all the right precautions!
Feel free to e-mail me at toonces21@hotmail.com
Julie
Mom to Nick age 13
diagnosed with PA at 14 months

Posted on: Sun, 01/23/2011 - 10:20am
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I am so sorry to hear your story..We introduced PB to my daughter a few months back when she was 26 months old, and had swollen eye and hives by touch, she never ingested any..I feel your pain...We are taking it day by day..Just be sure to carry 2 epipens with you, as if you ever had to use it, it runs out in 15 minutes, and you may have to use the other pen too ...when waiting for emergency people to come..You will find alot of answers here, and peanut free planet is great..Check out fancypants bakery.com, they deliver, great cookies, and Divvies.com

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