Got Epi today at ped office

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2000 - 8:40am
brimor's picture
Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

Our 15 mon old daughter was prescribed an Epi today for her peanut & fish allergy. Her ped is still not willing to send her to an allergist. Says that she's too young. The skin test can be innacurate. If it's a neg that's usually true, but you can get a lot of false pos and she doesn't want to put her thru that right now. Kind of frustrating not knowing what's around the corner. Guessing we're going to have to take her to an allergist w/o a referal.


Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2000 - 12:07pm
momof1's picture
Joined: 06/21/2000 - 09:00

pThat's interesting--my son was diagnosed PA at 13mo (that's been 8 yrs now) and his doctor strongly encouraged me to take him to the allergist. I was a little resistant at first--wasn't sure that I wanted to put him through it. But I took him and it was not too traumatic (only a little) I think taking him when he was older would have been a lot worse--like taking him for his 5 yr shots was a lot harder than getting his shots when he was younger. I don't regret getting him tested then and am sort of debating having him retested./p

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2000 - 10:09pm
latymom's picture
Joined: 05/21/2000 - 09:00

pMy daughter was diagnosed at 17 months and the skin prick test was not at all traumatic for her. Well, at least you've been prescribed the epi-pen./p

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2000 - 1:08am
Mommy's picture
Joined: 06/20/2000 - 09:00

pYour Doctor is wrong, you should definately have your child tested. It's not a big test. They put little drops of the allergen onto the skin and then prick the skin a little and wait 15 minutes and that's it, instant result and no more wondering. When I told Kasey's Dr. about the reaction she had made to peanut butter he said oh, yes she is in fact allergic and that she was too young to be tested - THATS IT!! He did not explain anything. It's only about a week later I saw something in a magazine and I called the Food Allergy Association about it and the girl talked to me for a long time and told me everything I needed to know and that's when she told me that her kid was first tested at 7 months old and that I should definately get the test. That's when I changed Dr. quickly and she referred me right away to an allergist. Sometimes I think we are more intelligent than some of the "Doctors" out there. Good Luck. Shirley/p

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2000 - 3:00am
KPOHAGAN's picture
Joined: 06/24/2000 - 09:00

pMy son has been shot three times with epi. this week.Going to an allergist is a must for your little one and they cannot be young enough.I had to push our Gp to refer my son who has multiple acute allergies.He didnt want to go over the Paediatrician's head.We never really got good advice until then./p

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2000 - 1:10am
mkruby's picture
Joined: 05/01/2000 - 09:00

pMy son was 6 months old when he had his testing and everything he tested positive to then, he is still allergic to 6 years /
By the way, I never asked my doctor...I told him we were going./p

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2000 - 11:49pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pHello Brimor/Liz,/p
pI found out my son had a peanut allergy when he was about 6-7 months old. This coincided with his physical. Our pediatrician told us to book an appointment right away with an allergist. The allergist performed a skin prick test when J. O. was 11 months old. They put a drop of (peanut protein?) on his inner elbow and then pricked it with a needle. J.O didn't even flinch. They then checked his arm 15 minuts later to look for a welt/wheal and measured the diameter of it. That day the allergist prescribed two epi-pen jr.'s and we've been carrying them around ever since./p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 2:07am
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pI'm wondering if I'm doing another thing wrong here. My son has never seen an allergist re his PA or environmental allergies. I know that he is allergic to peanuts (3 reactions, each worse with less contact with peanut product, the last one, total anaphylactic shock and almost died) and I know that he suffers environmental allergies, i.e., dust, grass, pollen which I control with either Reactine or Claritin. Should I simply have him tested to see what other food allergies he may have (i.e., tree nuts?). It's just that the allergist who is considered the "best" in Toronto firmly believes in immunization therapy and I don't. I spoke with my family doctor re this and he thought that I shouldn't bother if I wasn't going to have Jesse have shots. What do you think? Is it important to know a # of how allergic, i.e., 4 out of whatever on a RAST test when I know that my son goes into anaphylactic shock if in contact with peanut products? Please anyone, let me know what you think? Brimor, regardless of your child not being tested yet, I am pleased that you were given the epipen. At least you didn't have to wait to see an allergist to get it. Neither did I./p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 5:53am
Sarahfran's picture
Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

pMy daughter had a rection to some peanut butter one day before her 12 month appointment. At the appointment, her pediatrician sent us to a lab to have a blood test done for numerous food allergies. The blood test is very simple, as they can do lots of tests with just one sample, very accurate regardless of age, and I didn't have to go to an allergist. Our pediatrician told us the results, what to do in case of a future reaction, put us in touch with FAN, etc. The younger the better, I think./p
pMy BIL told me last weekend that he had skin tests done for lots of allergies when he was 12. It was so traumatic for him that he actually passed out! My DD, on the other hand, will have no memories of the testing./p
pGood luck!/p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 11:01am
Stacey's picture
Joined: 06/26/2000 - 09:00

pAfter my son's first PA reaction which sent us to the ER his dr gave us the Epi Pen JR. Although she never told us when to use it. About a week or so after the PA incident I noticed hives on his legs, and I know he wasn't near a peanut. I called the doctor and she ran another blood test and came up with other foods that he is allergic to./p
pKpohagan - you said that you used your Epi Pen 3 times this week. On another board topic you said for a swollen face. /p
pWhen do you know when to use the pen, or just a little Benedryal will do? I thought you use the pen when breathing becomes labored or the kid is unconscience. I am also under the impression that use of the Epi Pen is just to hold the kid over long enough for the ambulance to get there? Am I overreacting to the potention situation?/p

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2000 - 1:37pm
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

pWhen you are preparing to send your PA child to school, I think it may be necessary to get the support of a good allergist./p



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