airborn PA

Posted on: Wed, 01/29/2003 - 11:38pm
Jodi2boys's picture
Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone! I've wondered if my son also is airborn PA until...last night. We were at a Karate class and a little girl, who was sitting 2 rows in front of us, started eating a candy bar (looked to be Snickers or something; we could even smell peanuts) and about 30 seconds son started getting hives on his face!!! I immediately gave him Benadryl and got out of there. I came home and cried...NOW WHAT?? I really need to push for the "peanut-free" classroom for him to start preschool this September. Any parents that have a airborne PA child, PLEASE give any suggestions, advice, etc. AAaah! Things seem to just be getting worse! Should I contact his Dr.

Posted on: Wed, 01/29/2003 - 11:44pm
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

we have 2 PA girls. one has had a reaction to the steam (or odor or something) coming from an asian restaurant/booth in a cafe court in a shopping mall. she did not eat or touch anything. we were simply nearby and she breathed in whatever it was that caused the reaction. however, she has been around people eating "solid" peanuts (by this i mean snickers, chex mix, peanut brittle, etc..) and not had a reaction of any sort. (we have never intentionally allowed this to happen; it just has happened unexpectedly on occasion) maybe your son is just more sensitive than my daughter (or else we've just been lucky up til this point). seems like my child has to have the peanut protein (or whatever it is) actually floating through the air to react to it. i'm not sure what the difference is. just to be safe, we don't allow her near those eating peanut products anymore (we do allow her near people eating may-contains though). what strikes me is that we all have such different issues with PA. your son's is different than my first daughter's whose is different from my second daughter's, etc.. i know your comment wasn't about a school function but this makes me think it would be very difficult to know just what to ask the schools for when one person's plan for protection might not cover another person's needs. sorry to hear you are dealing with all of this. joey

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 2:22am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

My DS had a reaction on Halloween. His calculus teacher handed out Reeses to the class before DS class. DS came into an empty classroom and immediately almost lost his airway. He did not even smell peanuts. He used his epi pen and was OK enough to call me. We spent the day being ignored in the ER but he did fine. We put him on steroids for a few days after, plus Bendaryl.
DS knows to look for peanuts in a room he is entering. He cannot know if peanuts have been in a room so he has to take his chances. It is tough but that's his life.

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 6:02am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

wow peg...that's very frightening...i'm sure my girls are around reeses at times (like during school parties). i always attend the school parties and make sure no peanut containing things have been placed in their bags and i have requested that no reeses, snickers, butterfinger, etc.. be brought into the classroom at any time. still, there is always the mother or two (or 12) that has to prove her point and brings in a couple of bags. we've been lucky so far. i can see this happening - reeses in particular have such a thick, strong odor that i can just imagine large particles being present in the air. maybe that's not exactly how it happens, but that's the image i get in my head. reeses are my most unfavorite candy for my kids to ever be exposed to (ranks right up there with straight peanut butter). your story makes me wonder if my comfort zone might be a little too loose. joey

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 11:17am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

It was scary, especially since he did not smell peanuts in the air. Once this summer he walked into a room at work where kids were making PBJ sandwiches and he walked right out, took a Benadryl and called me.
He did not react but I think he's sensitized to peanut air now.
Yes, makes you question comfort zones but we've never considered a room where there were peanuts to be a good place for DS. His comfort zone is pretty small.

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