Hi there! Peanut allergy confirmed today for my daughter

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2010 - 5:23am
madeleines_mom's picture
Joined: 03/03/2010 - 12:18

Today my daughter (15 months) went to an allergist who confirmed her allergy to peanuts. Just over a month ago I put a small dab of Peanutbutter on her back and within minutes her whole back was red and covered in hives! That landed us a trip to the allergist. He did a skin prick test with tree nuts, peanut oil, and peanut butter (and a control), and she's okay with tree nuts but had a very strong reaction to both the PB and the peanut oil. He said anything over 8mm of redness around the site was considered an allergy and to avoid giving peanuts by mouth... hers was 11x13mm.

So far we've never been super careful of avoiding foods that "may contain peanuts" and she's never had a problem. The dr said just to watch her if we choose not to be careful around things that have the "may contain peanuts" on the label, and I think that's what we'll do. EVERYTHING says may contain...

We get her Epi Pen Jr. tomorrow. I hope I never have to use it! Anyone have any advice or info for me? I'm happy to be here and see everyone else's stories!

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2010 - 6:59am
vickyv74's picture
Joined: 03/03/2010 - 13:54

My 2 year old son just got diagnosed yesterday with both peanut and tree nut allergies. I totally agree, feel overwhelmed and not sure if companies are required to put processed in a facility with peanuts or tree nuts on their label.

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2010 - 9:27pm
enough's picture
Joined: 01/31/2010 - 13:10

Oh, man, I am sorry for you both. It must be difficult to have to worry about that on top of just plain worries about being a parent. I just developed this as a an adult and found this site and the people here are wonderful. they will be a great source of information and help to you. I wish you both luck with this.

Posted on: Fri, 03/05/2010 - 10:13am
madeleines_mom's picture
Joined: 03/03/2010 - 12:18

Thanks Vicky and enough!
Yeah, it's going to be tough. I am in Canada and I *think* that if things are processed in a facility with peanuts that it has to be on the label (but I"m not totally sure either).
Picked up her two epi-pen jr's yesterday. Must remember to never leave home without one!

Posted on: Sat, 03/06/2010 - 11:21am
josiepie's picture
Joined: 03/06/2010 - 18:08

I live in Canada too and yes, companies have to write on the labels if their products are made with or may have traces of all 9 most common allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, and I can't remember the others off hand.) When there is no mention (which usually means no peanut has come in contact with the food), I call the company just to make sure. I don't know if you have No Name brand in your area (sold by Loblaws and Maxi here in Quebec), but a lot of their products are made in a peanut free environment. They are quite easy to spot as they have the little peanut logos on their boxes. I also noticed that Dare has a lot of cookies made in peanut free facilities.
I was surprised to read that your allergist told you at 8 mm it's considered an allergy. Mine told me my son was definitely allergic, and he was only a 3 mm. Weird...
Good luck. I'm quite new to this too (my son was diagnosed a month and a half ago - and he's 16 months.)

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