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Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 10:09am
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This weekend my 17-month old son had an allergic reaction to a peanut. He took a peanut from the handful his father was eating. He was fine at first, but after biting into it he spit out the peanut, then beagn grabbing at his mouth (like it itched). His eyes got puffy and he had redness/hives across his face. Fortunately nothing respiratory happened and the reaction went away on its own- though we did follow up with Benadryl after calling his pedi. We've since meet with his pedi, and now have an epi-pen and and lots of information on avoidance, etc. The past few days have been a real roller coaster: guilt, fear, sadness... we've felt them all.

My question is, should we now follow up with an allergist. We live in Boston so we have access to good medical care. Is there really anything else an allergist could do for us though? Would they CAP-Rast some one so young?

We're feeling pretty overwhelmed and just wanted some feedback from folks who have been there.

Thanks!

Kim

Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 11:09am
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Hi
Welcome.

Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 11:24am
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Hi
Welcome. I remember those days very well and you will continue to feel overwhelmed for a good 6-9 months. Thank goodness for all these wonderful people on this sight. You will find tons of information so do lots of searches in the right top corner. My best advice is read read read and find out all the information that you can. It is so awfully scary but you can do it and you will find the strength to do it. We just past our 1 year anniversary (Feb 17) rushing my soon to be 3 year old to the hospital and I never want to do that agin. I feel as though this year was the most difficult of my life but it was also wonderful because I know that I can keep my kids safe (knock on wood).
Yes, so see an allergist the more information you have the better. You should also carry more than 1 epi pen. I carry 4 and have many more in the house and at my husbands office in town. Just remember that if in doubt use the epi - better to be safe and you will read that on these boards. Also, remember that reading lables is not enough you must call the different company of each product. Peanuts and nuts hide in some pretty strange places so look into peanuts in wierd places on these boards.
Hopefully you have a support group in your area. Good luck and rememer we are all here to help each other. I send you a hug because you probably need it.

Posted on: Thu, 02/19/2004 - 11:38am
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Hi,
Yes they can do CAP RAST on that young a one- some would hold off until 3 yrs old, I think it's best to know soon as you can- what you are dealing with. Hopefully this can give you hope as to whether it is outgrowable by your child- or if it's more likely to be life-long.
Most importantly it can clear the air about whether there are other food allergies. My son is 13 and is multiply food allergic but we didn't get testing until 3 1/2- as his doctor wouldn't recommend it back then (CAP RAST) weren't really well known back then and my son's other health issues precluded allergy shots for his environmental allergies. Anyway he is doing well and we've not had to use a EpiPen as of yet. He has been able to outgrow quite a few of his food allergies.
Hope this helps, and I wish you the best in the day to day dealings of safely raising a child with food allergy. It takes planing, but family can still can have lots of fun doing things.
Take Care and Stay Safe,
Blair

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 4:20am
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Yes, see an allergist...there may be more allergies that you've not noticed yet. My DS had a reaction to egg and the ped's response was avoidance. That was it. No Epi-pen, no referral, to info really. About a week later, I called and had him referred to an allergist, and that's where we found out about the PA. We found out "the easy way" about the PA. He obviously had not been given peanuts at his age (12 months at the time), so I feel like him reacting to the prick test was better than him eating something containing peanuts and maybe having a severe reaction, and an easier way for us to find out. He's had 1 reaction in 4 months, and I think it was to egg, rather than peanut.

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