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Posted on: Tue, 04/17/2001 - 6:04am
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This is too weird. I feel like I could have written a lot of these posts. My son Andrew always sniffed his food when he was a baby. I really agree that it is a built in defense mechanism.
When he was only a little over 3 years old, the babysitter's hubby gave Andrew a peanut butter cracker. Andrew just nibbled the tiniest bit on the end...maybe even just licked it.....Mind you, he was hardly ever around peanut butter....But Andrew had the good sense to run to the babysitter and tell her he had just eaten peanut butter. I often feel the angels must have been looking out for him. The babysitter was panic stricken. Luckily, just then my husband showed up, and he took Andrew to the emergency room just in case.
Tell you the truth, I never saw any hives on Andrew in this particular case(he has had a severe reaction in the past), but my hubby did. To this day I don't know if I was underreacting or my hubby was overreacting!
But anyway, Andrew was ok. We kept him in the emergency room for an hour or two to monitor him....But I have often wondered...Does he have a built in sixth sense? OR were we just plain lucky that time? Maybe a bit of both.
Sorry so rambly!
Andrew's Mom

Posted on: Tue, 04/17/2001 - 12:07pm
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Hi Bensmom! Michael is 8 1/2. He was diagnosed at 2 1/2 as a second thought since he was at the allergist for a possible milk allergy. He never ate pb or pn. He had M&M plain rarely (my mom god rest her soul would sneak them to him and I would yell at her to stop giving him sweets not knowing his PA. Who knows maybe I had a maternal instinct that was surfacing!??)At 4 yrs old, He had an accidental exposure at Nursery school. They gave him a jelly sandwich and they used the same knife from the pb, only wiped it off they knew of his pa and they thought that was enough (DUH!) I always sent his lunch he asked for an extra sandwich. Took 3 days for the swelling in his face, eyes and hands to go away. He was on steroids for a week. (He looked like a bullfrog!) In 6 years only one reaction. I didn't find out the hard way like many of you. I can thank god everyday that we found out before hand and not after a tragedy. Took me a long time to grasp it. I still have trouble sometimes because I never saw him eat pb and have a reaction so it is easy for my to deny it. Then I remember what his face and hands looked like at 4 yrs old. Eventhough I did not see him eat it, it was obvious it was real. The only way that I would truly know how he reacts is to give him a food challenge. You could put 10 loaded guns to my head and I would never do that!!!!! And yes I had him re-tested on 9/30/97...4++ still. My new allergist said that there is no point in testing him again right now since it is obvious that he is severely allergic. Just a side note. Michael is 8 and the size of a 10year old in height and weight and is a straight A student. His PA does not hinder him in anyway and we try to make his life as normal as possible and we try not to put emphasis on food so that if he cannot have something its' not really too big of a deal. Gets easier as they get older. Thanks for asking and God bless!

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