Hi - new here and very new to allergies - tons of questions

Posted on: Wed, 10/09/2002 - 4:10am
JessicasMom's picture
Joined: 10/09/2002 - 09:00

Hi, I'm new to the whole food allergy thing. Jessica (12m) had an anaphylactic reaction to one nibble of one those peanut cracker sandwiches. That was 5 days ago. My head is still spinning from all the information and research I've been doing. I ordered a pile of books (which should be here today - yeah) I have 3 epi-pens and a trainer pen. Her next Dr appointment is in a week - they will probably take blood for testing then. I'm lucky that my ped. is also an allergist.

Like many here, Jessica had / has bad skin.
Last night I noticed red dots - they looked like bug bites. Today all but one has begun to fade (still there but not raised bumps) except one that now looks like a pimple? could this be an allergy thing? there are 8 - all on her back - I can't imagine her being attacked by bugs while I was at work. could it be a reaction from the medications they gave her?

Has paranoia set in?

Is there a place to get a list of ingrediants that are peanut related? or of safe and unsafe manufacturers?

I was told gold fish from a certain size package is safe - while the same product in different size packaging is not?

sigh - I am so overwhelmed

does anyone have medical-alert braceletes for little ones - do they stay on? Does anyone know if EMS would look for a medical alert shoe charm?

Also, can anyone recommend a training video? I found several that cover food, cross contamination and epi-pen use . . .looking for ways to educate my family and friends.

I'm thrilled to have found you guys!

any advise or direction would be great!

thanks -Debbie

sorry for all the questions - you should see the list we are creating for the dr!

[This message has been edited by JessicasMom (edited October 09, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 8:40am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi, Debbie and welcome to a wonderful and informative site! You will find so much info here. For starters, if you do a search on the goldfish issue, you'll find tons of info on which are safe. As for videos and info on peanut ingredients, go to the FAAN (food allergy and anaphylaxis network)at [url="http://www.foodallergy.org"]www.foodallergy.org[/url] - this is a great site and one with tons of wonderful information as well - your best bet is to become a member it is well worth it. Also, sign up to receive free e-mails regarding food recalls, etc. If you do a search on the medic alert bracelet, you'll also find info on that. Well, sorry that you have to join us - it is tough but it does get less overwhelming and being on this site with all the wonderful moms and dads really help! Good luck and stay safe!

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 9:11am
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Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Hi Debbie, commend yourself on having so much together after only five days since her reaction! I think you are off to a good start on getting a handle on all of the stuff that goes along with having a nut allergy. Like the previous poster said, doing searches will become your new pastime for awhile. My son is two and has a sport band medic alert bracelet that is adjustable. He just started leaving it on though.

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 10:20pm
JessicasMom's picture
Joined: 10/09/2002 - 09:00

Thank you so much for your replies and support. I joined faan last night and shelled out $157 in supplies (video, ingredient dictionary etc) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
I'm still medical alert-less. But activily working on it
Thanks again

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 11:36pm
Jazz It Up's picture
Joined: 08/19/2002 - 09:00

Hi Debbie and welcome!
One of my friends daughter wore a medic alert bracelet as an anklet when she was just a toddler. If her daughter had socks on with her shoes, she made sure the anklet was on the *outside* of the sock so it would get noticed.
You can order a medic alert bracelet on-line or just check out their wonderful website at [url="http://www.medicalert.org"]www.medicalert.org[/url] and the nice thing about medic alert, also, is once your daughter is in their system as a member, you can update any pertinent info on-line. You can view all of her information for accuracy and make any changes/updates with the click of your mouse. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
It sounds like you have a great hold on this allergy already. Keep reading...education and diligence is the ultimate key to handling peanut allergy. (That and a great allergist). [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Stay Safe!

Posted on: Sat, 10/12/2002 - 5:12am
JessicasMom's picture
Joined: 10/09/2002 - 09:00

Thank you Connie
I joined medic alert today. I hope the bracelet will serve as a reminder to everyone and the file they keep will help me feel more comfortable leaving her with other people - especially my IL who speak english as their second language. The best part is that my cell phone number is registered with medic alert in case my IL forget to bring it with them to the ER - God forgbid.

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 12:53am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

Debbie, Hi! My nephew's exzema sometimes looks like little pimples - they will even "pop". My sister brought him to a specialist because she, like you, was confused by this. Two of my girls, and other members of our family have exzema, but he is the only one that gets it like this.

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