Mom of 16 month old with PA

Posted on: Thu, 03/11/2010 - 5:43am
candlmama's picture
Joined: 03/06/2010 - 18:12

Hello :)

I'm Melinda, and we found out last week that Luke, our almost 16 month old, has what appears to be a severe PA. Last Friday he took 2 small bites of his older brother's peanut butter sandwich. Less than 10 minutes later he was vomiting, and one eye was covered with welts. Doctor's office told us to give him a tsp of Benadryl, but an hour later he was vomiting again, his lips and skin were extremely pale, he was lethargic and he was covered with hives from the neck down. He was taken to the ER where he was treated with steroids, Benadryl and epinephrine and was put on oxygen. When he was first put on the oxygen monitor, his oxygen level was in the low 60's. He spent the night in pediatrics, but thankfully he did well after the treatment in the ER.

We have an appointment with an allergist a week from today. The ER doctor wanted him to be tested for all foods, and prescribed Epi pens for him.

My 4 year old has practially lived on PB since he was 15 months old. I would have never expected Luke to react so severely. I knew that a PN allergy was possible, but I just didn't think it would be so bad. We're not aware of any food allergy on either side of our families, although there are seasonal and environmental allergies (myself included).

Anyway, I'm glad to have found this community. I've found lots of great information already - I'm looking forward to being part of the community.


Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2010 - 3:56pm
cmvervais's picture
Joined: 03/09/2010 - 16:21

All this new information is overwhelming to be sure! I've only known my daughter was allergic for 2 weeks, but even in that time, I've gained so much information from this site and others. Good luck to you!

Posted on: Mon, 03/29/2010 - 9:21am
Mom2Sariah's picture
Joined: 12/14/2003 - 09:00

My now 7yr old daughter was diagnosed with her PA at 15months with a similar ER experience. Hang in there, the first year is the hardest but it DOES get easier. Try Sunbutter for your 4yr old....there's a good chance he won't even know the difference!

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