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May 19, 2008

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Hilary

Glad all is ok for now! I always wonder why the nurses ask at well-baby checks "Is he allergic to anything?"...I dunno...I mean, are we supposed to test these things at home and see how they react? Shouldn't they just draw blood from every baby and find out ahead of time, saving us parents from panic attacks?! Hope the test goes well! Maybe it was heat rash?

anne

Other moms and I have often exchanged "doctor advice" after visits to the pediatrician, and I swear, no two doctors ever give out the same advice about any one medical issue. For example, at Ryan's 1 year appt. our doc said "no peanut butter till at least two." I find it very strange, the variations is recommendations. Hope the little lady turns out to be okay, and it was just a weird fluke or something. You're right- the peanut allergy would NOT be fun.

Miranda

I agree every doc is different i have been feeding aubriee peanut butter since before one and she did fine!! I really wish you all the best Peanut allergies are not fun because surprising enough they are in alot of stuff! Maybe she will be one of the kids that out grow it too!! LETS HOPE!!

Chanley

Oh man, so sorry to hear all that. But your right, it would have happened at any time. Either now or if you waited to give it to her at 3 years old. We gave both Jake and Casey PB at 18 months old. We heard that if there isn't any major allergy issues in the family that it is okay to give it.

I do question though why all these allergies (peanuts, eggs, milk etc..) are all coming out so strong now a days. Is it that there are more people in this world so there will be more cases, or is there something else that our kids eat or are infected with that makes them more prone to allergies. What is up? I don't think I even knew a kid growing up that was allergic to anything? Or maybe I just cannot remember that well.

Good luck with the appts. To give you some hope, Casey was allergic to milk from age 5mths to 1 year. She outgrew it quickly and now all is fine. We knew this because she got hives from the milk based formulas and had to be on soy formula and wasn't allowed to eat yogurt or cheese until after her first birthday. When she turned 1 we introduced whole milk and other dairy products and she was okay. She went through the skin testing, it wasn't too painful for her. Hope your little girl does okay.

heather

Yikes, I know how scary that can be! That's pretty much exactly the story with Sawyer, it happened once last summer coming home from a picnic... his eyes and face were swollen, blotchy and itchy, he couldn't stop rubbing his nose and he was coughing and wheezing a bit. We took him in and the dr said it was probably something in the air at the park. We gave him Benadryl and he calmed down pretty quickly. I doubted it was hayfever like the dr said because it had never happened before... and has never happened since. UNTIL last fall, right around his second birthday, I absentmindedly gave him a peanut butter granola bar on our way out the door for shopping (I had held off on peanut butter before that because my husband had a million allergies when he was a kid and Sawyer is already known to be allergic to berries and dairy products.).
The exact same thing happened as happened before... and just like you described with your little monkey. This time we simply stopped by a drug store and picked up some Benadryl and dosed him up. He calmed down after about an hour. From then on, I made a note to schedule and appointment with a pediatric allergist, but in the meantime just pretended like he is allergic. I tell caregivers no nuts/peanut butter. I don't pay attention to labels, as in traces of nuts in the ingredients... just no peanuts or peanut butter flavoring, and he's been fine. I haven't stressed too much about it as his reaction, although an obvious and uncomfortable reaction, wasn't compromising his breathing and got under control easily with the Benadryl. We do carry it with us in the diaper bag now though, just in case.
I finally did make and appointment with an allergist (the scheduling wait was months long!!) and we are actually going in this Wednesday. It is a sigh of relief to at least be on the way to knowing for sure what I need to look for, what the severity of his allergy really is, and if we need more of a solution than Benadryl on hand. I'm hoping it's a relatively simple one... that it's wouldn't be scary breathing issues and a life threatening allergy. I'll let you know how it goes!
Keep us posted on your little one too!! Good luck!

Robyn

Oh I hope it was just a fluke thing. I'd hate to see Monkey girl allergic to Peanut Butter, Ha Ha!! Seriously, I hope she isn't. I gave Mags strawberries and stuff they said not to, so I'm a bad mommy too.

Jan

I'm impressed with how fast you acted. Good for you. One of my daughters had food allergies, that went undiagnosed for a long time, no typical symtems. no hives, etc. She was allergic to milk products, p-nut butter, chocolate, and tuna. Life was rough for her until she outgrew these alergies, at about 18.

jenny

oooh! i hope that she is feeling better! i have heard both things too - if there are no allergies in the family you should be safe and/or wait until after they are two. i hope she doesn't have a peanut allergy - sucky!

gina

OH! I hope she's OK and that it is just a fluke. I've heard this year is really bad for pollen too. I'm pretty sure my sisters gave their kids peanut butter at or before one. I hate people that have all of the answers! Good luck!

Kristi S

That is so scary! Glad the reaction wasn't worse....

Hyphen Mama

I agree that pediatricians never give the same story. We were ok'd for peanuts and such after 12 months. My kids have been doing peanut butter since they were little and I'm lucky they haven't reacted. I, also, wonder why so many allergies these days.

I hope you get it figured out!

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