My son newly diagnosed with Peanut Allergy

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2010 - 5:18am
JenC's picture
Joined: 06/14/2010 - 11:16


My name is Jennifer. I'm a stay at home mom of three kids. (Philly, PA)
My son Shane will be 3yrs old this August. I had a feeling he was allergic to Peanuts, but I wasn't sure. Last year, I tried him with a peanut. As soon as the peanut touched his tougue he started to gag. I jumped up to my feet and removed the peanut from his mouth. I grapped a baby wipe and wiped his tougue, I know that sounds weird. I watched him closely, his gagging stopped no more choking. I was under the impression at the time, peanut allergy suffers face just blow up. So I waited alittle. Two months later Shane had a peanut cookie, same thing happen. Everyone around me was saying "OH, HE JUST DOESN'T LIKE PEANUTS, HE'S FINE." Though something was telling me they were wrong. I thought I was keeping Peanuts away from him but I was completely wrong. A few months later he got hold of a girl scout cookie with peanut butter and same thing happen.
Also Shane has a severe allergy to dogs. His face swells with hives so bad his eyes close. This dog allergy was getting worse and he was developing nose bleeds while sleeping. His nose bleeds ended up breaking skins. Also he developed seasonal allergies. I said its time for a allergy specialist.
Oh, I forgot. Shane has been dealing with Baby Excema since 4 months of age. Also Shane can not drink Apple Juice or Orange Juice, he cries for two days (like he has a belly ache).
After saying all this to his allergist, they did a skin prick test. Shane tested positive for 3 different trees, grass, ragweed, dogs, cats, Peanut and Oranges. He was NOT tested for Eggs, Sesame, or Tree Nut. His next visit is August, I am going to ask for those test.
I am overwhelmed with everything that contains peanut. I had no idea. Also I am getting mixed information on certain products .. Like Oreo's. As reading on here, I'm learning Oreos seem to be safe. One website I read said to be careful of Burger King due to Tree Nut in the onion ring batter. Whether that is true or not, I wish I knew the website I read it on.
My son is not a good eater. Alot of food he has given me back in the past few months and told me NO. I'm having a hard time with him eating. I'm guessing he didn't feel right and gave back the food. I have notice he even licks food first before he eats something.
Any suggestions, info or website would be appreciate.
Thanks in Advance,

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/2010 - 5:35am
cervonil's picture
Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

Hi, Im new to this too, my 4 YO son was just diagnosed in April with a severe peanut allergy and now an egg allergy. It is totally overwhelming! I hear it gets easier. I don't have much advice since I am also so new, but see if there is a local support group near you. I think I found ours on the FAAN page. One mom on there has helped me tremendously, as Carter was diagnosed April 27th and May 28th I had to give him his epi pen shot by myself due to a peanut reaction(my husband was out of town).
As far as Oreo's - I e-mailed the company and they said the Golden and plain oreo's are made in a dedicated facility (peanut free - we didn't know about the egg deal yet). So I feel ok with him eating them. I am going to keep those aside as a special treat though since he won't be able to eat baked goods from birthday parties etc.
Good luck. IT is tough!

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/2010 - 7:19am
JenC's picture
Joined: 06/14/2010 - 11:16

Thank You for your help.
Yes, this is tough.

Posted on: Sat, 06/19/2010 - 6:29am
cmvervais's picture
Joined: 03/09/2010 - 16:21

My daughter is allergic to peanut, tree nut, and I have a suspicion to dog ... although that could be cross-contamination of the dog food with peanut. Anyway, it is difficult and life changing, but over time it gets manageable. The highest priority for me was making our home perfectly safe for her. Calling all the manufacturers on the foods we let her eat. Eliminating peanut products from the house. You have to realize that if you are in the US, manufacturers are not legally required to list if a product is made on shared equipment with peanut, only if it CONTAINS peanut. So it's very important to research the food you give him. Make sure you carry the EpiPen everywhere, and find a good allergist that is always willing to answer your questions thoroughly.
Good luck! This forum is a great resource.

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:56pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:52pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:19pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:18pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:19pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:16pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:13pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:10pm
Comments: 9
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Comments: 19
Latest Post by TeddyCan Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:32pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by DTurner Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:31pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by B.M.18 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:30pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by nutfreenyc Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:19pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by AllergicTeen2 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:18pm
Comments: 2

More Articles

You might have wondered if small amounts of an ingredient can be added to a food product without being declared on the food’s label. The FDA...

Is it possible to eat your way to a food allergy cure? Scientists think it’s...

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils are high in saturated fats or in trans-fatty acids – not good for general health. Some are partially...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

More Articles

More Articles

What is a peanut allergy? It is a reaction that occurs in the body after eating peanuts or peanut...

For those with severe food allergies, flying can be a stressful process. Here are...

Approximately one out of 13 children under age 18 are allergic to at least one food, though many of them will outgrow their allergy by the age of...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

The reason why some people are affected by allergies while others are not begins in their genes. Allergies are passed down from generation to...

Here’s a tip that might someday save your life, or that of a loved one: two to four times a year, review the proper way to use your epinephrine...

Lactose intolerance is the inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk, caused by the lack of a needed enzyme. Those with lactose...

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

An important part of peanut allergy awareness was enacted on January 1, 2006...

Tomato allergies are very rare. They are a "type 1 allergy," which means a contact allergy. When a person with this type of allergy touches a...

Milk allergies are becoming more common, especially in babies and small children. There is some confusion about what is an allergic reaction and...

Recognizing food allergy in babies or toddlers is not always easy, but there are specific risk factors and signs that parents and other caregivers...

Burlap bags are often used to store and ship coffee beans, potatoes, rice, seeds, nuts, and peanuts. They can be one of the disguised...

People with pollen allergies need to stay away from some foods. If you have allergic rhinitis in the spring or fall, you may not realize that you...

Of course, everyone knows that if you have a peanut allergy that you should avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cookies and foods that...

Eating at a nut-free lunch table in school is a safety precaution that causes some students to feel isolated from their peers. Unfortunately,...