March 28, 2011,
B.B. asks from Kansas City, MO on March 27, 2011
Peanut Butter Reaction?
My son just ate peanut butter, he turns 1 in 4 days, so my husband gave him the crust from a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. He said by the time he got hime out of the high chair he had hives on his tummy and chest so he gave him benadryl and that made the hives go down but now I am so worried about his future regarding eatting peanuts. We have no family history, and his reaction did not effect his breathing, or cause any swelling in his face. So I was wanting to know if anyone has had this problem. We will be seeing our doctor this week for his year check up and address this then as well, but I wanted other mothers viewpoints
B.. answers from Dallas on March 27, 2011
You do not need a family history. Not one single person in my family is allergic to peanuts, and I am deathly allergic. Food allergies can and do run in families, but they do not have to. With peanut allergy reactions, each subsequent reaction is almost always worst. My first reaction was a rash on my chest, face, and hands. I also have known wheat problems resulting in a rash at times, so we thought nothing of the peanuts. The next reaction involved a frantic ER visit. The Dr. (and then allergist) told me about reactions getting more serious each time. Mention it to your pediatrician, go to an allergist and have your son tested...before he has ANY more contact with peanuts. (Or any tree nuts. They go hand in hand, at times)
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S.E. answers from Wichita Falls on March 27, 2011
The first time you encounter an allergic reation it is usually mild. The subsequint reactions will be more pronounced. Keep hiim away from nuts in general until your pedi does an allergy test. But also remember the tests they give children often pick up very mild allergies and will include foods that he has never had a reaction to.
A.C. answers from Columbus on March 28, 2011
Call your pediactrician right away--even though you have an appt this week--and ask for a referral to a pediatric immunologist (or allergist) and ask for allergy testing.
You did the right thing giving him benadryl, but you need to know what exactly you're dealing with (it could've as easily been something in the bread or jelly or something else he ate).
Also, keep the benadryl on hand at all times, just in case, and if he has another reaction, and he starts to salivate or have trouble swallowing or has a swollen tongue or any trouble breathing, call 911 and tell them to send an ambulance that has epinephrine.
If your peditrician down-plays the seriousness of this, get a new doctor.
And yes, you can get allergy testing done on any child, at any age. Our son was allergy testing at 20 months (he had a very bad reaction to peanuts at 18m; our peditrician, who is up on allergies (she has 2 kids with severe allergies herself) prescribed steriods for 5 days, benadryl for 24 hours, and and Epi-pen which we have to carry everywhere. The Dr got us a referral to our area's best allergist and he was tested at 20m for peanuts & other allergies.
And for the time being, avoid anything that might have peanuts. Don't let anyone feed him anything you haven't checked, and if you can't read the original packaging, don't let him have any.
J.R. answers from Atlanta on March 27, 2011
Be very careful. It sounds as though he may have an allergic reaction to peanuts. I would avoid peanuts, peanut butter, foods that contain peanuts and tree nuts until you visit the doctor. Just make sure to read all labeling. We had testing done, and my 2 year old son has a peanut allergy. I don't take any chances. The effects of these allergies are different for each individual, and no mommy wants to see their child suffer so I would just keep him away from peanuts until I know for sure.
K.B. answers from Milwaukee on March 27, 2011
Talk to you doc about an allergy test for nuts. Morethenlikely he had a reaction to the peanuts, might be a nut sesitvity. Talk it over with the your son's doc, and stay away from products with nuts in them till after you talk with the doc.
S.B. answers from Kansas City on March 28, 2011
We didn't need allergy testing to determine that my daughter was allergic to peanuts and tree nuts- she would get a rash, or throw up after touching or ingesting..she is the only one out of 9 children to have this allergy. We have also found that she is allergic to soy- which is in everything. another daughter, older, didn't seem to have any allergies until she was 13- drank some soymilk- throat immediately started to close- daughters inhaler to the rescue- our house doesn't have any soy products- including the new soy wax candles- not willing to chance it.
T.H. answers from Kansas City on March 27, 2011
Well I'd probably wait with any other peanut products until you talk to his doctor, but my ped always told me that with food allergies it's most common to have a reaction on the face right around the mouth. But, hives is usually a sign of a reaction so I'd definitely bring it up and just watch him. I wouldn't worry yet and just go with what the doc says!
A.C. answers from Huntsville on March 27, 2011
That's an allergy, hon. And avoiding nuts isn't at all difficult. My son is allergic to some nuts, but we do an across the board avoidance rather than give teachers/friends the list of what he can and cannot eat. It's been really simple. :) We did soy butter as an alternative for awhile, and then discovered sunflowerbutter is actually yummier. Good luck. And I promise, this isn't the end of the world. Nuts are fair easier to avoid than carrots and bananas - trust me. ;)