Peanut Allergy Scare

This past weekend was very scary for me as my daughter broke out into hives/welts on her face after I gave her peanut butter. I thought it was very strange, because she has had peanut butter over the past few weeks at least a handful of times.

Over the years, I’ve heard such horror stories about children with peanut reactions and I had no idea what to do, should I bring her to the hospital or give her Benadryl? My husband I collectively decided to call the on-call doctor for advice. Shortly after calling the answering service I received a call back from the nurse, asking us to give our daughter Benadryl. It was the first time I had given it to her and I was nervous that she would even have a reaction from that, as unfortunately, she is allergic to a decent amount of medications.  

Luckily, within a few minutes the hives/welts went away and her mood remained normal, however, maybe somewhat tired (which was fine with us!).

I followed up earlier this week with an allergist recommended by fellow blogger, Christa Allard. Her appointment is next Wednesday, which I thought was relatively soon considering she will be a new patient.

I truly hope she does not have a peanut allergy as she loves to eat it and so do we! However, her health is our number one priority and whatever I need to do to protect her, I will.

Do you know of a child with a peanut allergy? Do you have any tips for being safe? I know I am premature for asking for this advice, but until I know for sure, the doctor informed me that I need to treat it as an allergy. If it isn’t her past ear infections, it’s something else right?

11 thoughts on “Peanut Allergy Scare

  1. Hi! I have a 2 year old who was diagnosed at 1. I just started a Facebook page a few days ago called “Peanut Free CT – Family Resources”. Daily I am educating myself on peanut allergies. I am no expert, but seeing the littlest love of my life has a potential life threatening allergy, I am a “Mama Bear Expert”. Good luck and contact me for anything via my Facebook page.

  2. This is SO scary and your scenario is what freaks me out. Both of my kids have had PB a few times (they actually don’t like it much except for in cookies) and have been OK, but I fear that sudden emergence of an allergy that can develop over time. Good luck in figuring it out, and I’m so glad that your child is OK.

  3. I have many friends with peanut allergy kids, and it seems very scary to me. They learn to live with it though, and it becomes just part of life. My kids thankfully don’t have any allergies (that we know of), but I have never really bought PB at the house (occasionally for a cookie recipe or something). They were at a nut-free daycare since infancy, and now a nut-free school. Instead, I have pretty much always bought Sunbutter (from sunflower seeds) for sandwiches and such (we like the “crunchy” kind). Yum!

  4. A close friend of mine has a daughter with a peanut allergy. There was a documentary on it this morning on the Discovery channel. I bet you can find when it is airing again.

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