New to PA

Posted on: Tue, 09/19/2000 - 2:01pm
vad128's picture
Joined: 09/19/2000 - 09:00

I have 4 children, ages 12, 10, 8 and 22 months. Yesterday I noticed a small red spot on my 22-month old son's cheek but didn't think much of it (although he did have a PB&J sandwich for lunch). Today he had another PB&J for lunch. Right after he ate it, I noticed his eyes were a little watery and he was rubbing his nose. Four hours later, another small red spot appeared on his face. I didn't know if I was putting the PA idea into my head, so I tested him early this evening with 3 Ritz crackers with peanut butter on them. Within 1/2 hour, I noticed a small hive on his forearm and his eyes looked watery again. No more home testing for me! I immediately threw away the peanut butter and contaminated jar of jelly. I am so new to PA and am now afraid what to feed him for breakfast in the morning. Even cereals can be dangerous. How quickly can a peanut butter allergy cross over to products containing trace elements of peanut or oils. I am extremely scared for my baby. Although I have not yet had him tested at the allergist, I feel certain that he has developed a PA and am already sick with terror. Has anyone had similar symptoms with their children, yet they tested negative?

Posted on: Wed, 11/01/2000 - 1:52pm
Mom of Wonderful PA boy's picture
Joined: 10/08/2000 - 09:00

Hello Margaret,
Wellcome to the board. Sorry to hear of the combo...but you will learn more and learn how to safeguard your child. Take care!

Posted on: Sun, 11/05/2000 - 9:38am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

Hi and welcome to the board. I have heard that about Clinique makeup as well. You will learn a lot here so keep checking in! Glad you are here and hope to see you posting some more.

Posted on: Tue, 09/19/2000 - 11:32pm
Tammy James's picture
Joined: 06/01/1999 - 09:00

I must say, it's great that you immediately recognized that your child could be PA. Most people have never even heard of it, let alone recognize a reaction like that! Do you have other PA individuals in your life (friends, family)? My advice to you is stop wondering, go to an allergist for testing, info, and advice. And read these boards - this site is helpful in so many ways!!

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2000 - 12:29am
vad128's picture
Joined: 09/19/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for your message back to me. Even before I was dealing with a potential PA, I was quite aware of the warning signs and dangers (there are a handful of kids in each of my kids' schools who are PA). In addition, my daughter is allergic to many antibiotics, so I know what to look for. I do have another question, though. Can a PA remain mild, or do they always ultimately progress to anaphylaxis?

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2000 - 2:45am
Tammy James's picture
Joined: 06/01/1999 - 09:00

Hi again! I wish I had a definite answer for you. This is some of what I've been told: each reaction can be different; each reaction makes the next one worse; the amount of exposure that causes a reaction can change. In other words, you never can tell. I hope you'll get an appointment with an allergist soon, and before you go, peruse the boards here, write down all your questions, and take them with you. That's your best chance of leaving the office at least somewhat informed. Then keep coming back to this site, as well as others on the net - it's a great source of information, and that is your best defense - BE WELL INFORMED! Take care.

Posted on: Mon, 12/16/2002 - 3:50am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Hi, Amy. I just found this place last week. We've been dealing with our sons PA for 7 years now, and I really wish I had a support system/information like this years ago. Good luck with your son.
Cynde Punch

Posted on: Mon, 12/16/2002 - 5:28am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Welcome, Amy. I am glad you found us. This is a wonderful place to get all kinds of terrific information. Some of it can get overwhelming at times, however. Try not to get too freaked out as you learn. Good luck! Miriam

Posted on: Fri, 12/20/2002 - 10:56am
caryn's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

Hi amy
I am new here too - my son is 27 months and was just diagnosed 2 months ago - I found this site and I have really learned a lot - now it is time to get others educated and I am finding it is not an easy task. Glad you were able to locate this site - wouldn't it be great if allergists gave web info to their patients when diagnosed. Take care!

Posted on: Sun, 05/19/2002 - 2:33am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Hi and welcome. I came across this news article from Hawaii that you might want to look at.

Posted on: Sun, 05/19/2002 - 9:57am
Leahtard's picture
Joined: 08/31/2001 - 09:00

Welcome to the group. my dd is 2.5 and has PA we just retested her and she went from a 1+ to a 4+ now!
I know there is so much out there to keep these kids away from, I just recently got a cute medicine bag that I carry her meds with us everywhere we go now, after she broke out in hives last week and I didn't have it with me ugh!
Anyway glad to have you here!
Leah [img][/img]


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