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

Posted on: Sun, 01/16/2011 - 3:00am
EEH's picture
EEH
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2011 - 09:43

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
cervonil's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

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
Mrsdocrse's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

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
susan43's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/18/2011 - 06:35

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
nicksmom2448's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/16/2009 - 08:52

(((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
wehatepeanuts's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/12/2010 - 11:49

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

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:06am
Comments: 171
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:01am
Comments: 478
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:51am
Comments: 3
Latest Post by william robenstein Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:35am
Comments: 1
Latest Post by sunshinestate Sun, 11/17/2019 - 1:16pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by absfabs Fri, 11/15/2019 - 5:32pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:43pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13

More Articles

It’s the time of year when holiday parties, and family gatherings can make allergen avoidance more problematic. Whether you celebrate Christmas,...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise. Almost everyone knows someone who has problems with at least one food. The most common food...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

The relationship between anxiety and food or other allergy is a complicated and puzzling one. Research has shown that stress can exacerbate...

More Articles

More Articles

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, over 50 million people in the U.S. have allergies. Today's allergy tests...

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) addresses the labeling of packaged food products regulated by the FDA....

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...