Mom trying to learn about my 2 yr old daughters peanut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 10/10/2011 - 12:52pm
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Joined: 10/10/2011 - 19:36

My daughter just turned 2 in September. We were finally able to have a blood test ran on her after she turned 2 and her peanut allery result was 3.51 and it said normal should be less than 0.35. They referred her to an Allergist and is going this Wednesday morning to have a skin prick test. Is this when I will find out what class her peanut allergy falls into and the severity of it? They also wrote a prescription for two epipens.
She had an allergic reaction to a 1/4 teaspoon of peanut butter right after she turned a year old. She broke out in hives around her mouth. We immediately gave her Benadryl and the hives went away rather quickly. We had another scary incident right before her 2nd birthday. Somebody put utensils that had peanut butter on them in the separated right side of our sink where I wash strictly her sippy cups, plates, bowls, etc. I washed the sink out and thought nothing more of it. That night she drank out of a sippy cup that I washed on that side of the sink and after she was in bed a short amount of time, she began uncontrollable sobbing, drooling so bad her shirt was drenched and she acted like she was having a hard time swallowing. I grabbed the Benadryl and got it down her. I then took her to the E.R. but by the time we got there she was acting fine.
I am very scared and am here for support and to hopefully meet other parents who are dealing with the same thing I am.

Posted on: Tue, 10/11/2011 - 11:21pm
cervonil's picture
Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

Your allergist will help answer more of your questions, but I got a lot of info from the library. These books were great, in order. Plus check out FAAN for a local allergy support group. We removed all peanut butter/peanut products from our house.
How to manage your child's life-threatening food allergies : practical tips for everyday life / Linda Marienhoff Coss.
How to live with a nut allergy : everything you need to know if you are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts / Chad K. Oh and Carol Kennedy.
The complete peanut allergy handbook / Scott H. Sicherer and Terry Malloy.
The parent's guide to food allergies : clear and complete advice from the experts on raising your food-allergic child / Marianne S. Barber, with Maryanne Bartoszek Scott and Elinor Greenberg ; foreword by Hugh A. Sampson.
Food Allergies for Dummies – Robert A Wood.

Posted on: Fri, 12/16/2011 - 4:11am
AmyAp's picture
Joined: 12/16/2011 - 11:05

My 11 month old was just diagnosed with a peanut allergy. I'm new to this as well. I'm still in the research/panicking phase but you might want to ask your allergist about a brand new blood test called You Know Peanut. It's expensive and not covered by insurance yet but we were able to get it for cheaper by going to a lab that was doing a study with the company. It told us how allergic he is and what component of the peanut he is allergic to. I wish you the best and hopefully we will both learn everything we need to know to keep our children safe and our families and ourselves sane.

Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2012 - 3:25pm
peanutskill's picture
Joined: 10/26/2011 - 18:18

um, do you have a link for information on this test. I googled it and got nothing.

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