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PostSubject: Re: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 10:15 am

epipens!

I have received training at school to administer the epipen, as we have quite a few kids with allergies. Mostly nut related.

I am scared that one day I will have to send someone to the office 200 metres away from the Oval, to GET the epipen while a kid literally chokes to death. It gives me nightmares.
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PostSubject: Re: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 8:45 am

My gosh! how scary for you!! There may have been a trace of nuts he has never come in contact with before. There are some kids who can eat peanut butter or hazlenut spread but cant have say macadamias. When our boy was younger we used to carry polaramine everywhere for milder reactions. And dont worry im sure his parents understand that it could have happened to anyone. and you may have done them an accidental favour, they might be able to find out what is triggering his eczema. Thats how we originally found out about bens allergies was when he had the tests done to see what was causing his eczema.
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PostSubject: Re: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 8:35 am

Samantha that is so scary, thank goodness for the epipen. Linkin is 3 years old. The referral is for the allergy testing, so hopefully they can get an answer soon. It just happened so quickly, thank goodness we were not in a picnic in the bush, or travelling between towns. I am going to buy some phernergen liquid to put in my first aid box. I did have some tablets in the box cos my kids are all bigger.
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PostSubject: Re: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 8:29 am

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If he has eaten peanut butter straight before he wouldnt be is allergic to peanuts. Kids can be allergic to certain nuts. My son is anaphylactic to peanuts and we avoid all nuts as each time he has the skin tests theres a new nut reaction etc. Especially in young children allergies can come and go as they grow and develop, having said that the most serious offenders (Peanuts, eggs, shellfish) generally dont leave them so easily. Often a serious reaction as in hives and blocked airways, nuts are the assumed culprit in a food like biscuits. All depends on the childs age too. Hoping all is well with your nephew, hopefully they will refer him for skin prick tests to see whats happening as food allergies are potentially life threatening. How old is your nephew? But allergies/intolerance can develop out of nowhere, often kids who suffer with eczema and or asthma are more likely to have a reaction.



Depending on what the allergy is they only need the smallest amount to react, my son who was also allergic to eggs as a toddler, had a jatz biscuit and he had the runs for over a week, the tiniest amount in those biscuits it severly irritated his stomach lining. I knew ritz didnt contain egg, when i asked the woman who put out the bickies if they were ritz she said yes, and ive checked the packet. then when we got home he had the runs and i rang her and she said they were jatz. Very hard lesson learnt to always always check the packet yourself. Luckily it was egg and not nuts because that smallest amount of nut would have meant using the epipen and a trip in emergency.



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PostSubject: Re: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 8:27 am

Yeah he is okay now, but his whole body come up in hives and his tongue swelled. I was babysitting and it scared the daylights out of me.



He is asthmatic, and has had problems with ezcema too. He is not exposed to smoke, which is good. Yeah Michelle I thought maybe a preservative too might sound like a more logicl explanation. They were just Woolworths store baked choc chip cookies.



My sister in law is going to doctor romorrow to get a referral for the specialist, so we should know soon. I felt so bad, my brother an sister in law very rarely go anywhere, and they have not had anytime away from the kids since their new baby was born 4 months ago. I had both kids, and it was hard for them to leave him. I had to ring them and say, um we are in hospital.

Wonder how long till I get to babysit again?????
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PostSubject: Re: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 7:17 am

It might also be wheat or preservatives in the cookie. Preservative 220 and MSG are terrible additives that can cause a reaction in some people.

Is he asthmatic? Allergies generally develop for no reason. I have just developed an allergy to perfume I have worn for years. If it touches my skin I can itch for days. If one of his parents smoke, allergies can be triggered by that too.

I hope he gets an answer soon.

I hope it was just a bad reaction to a bad batch of cookies, nothing more.
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PostSubject: Re: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 7:17 am

I haven't heard of nut allergies.. But I know that I was late high school when I all of a sudden got an allergy to lactose... And was then told I was lactose intollerant.. But all the years leading up I had been able to have all kinds of dairy fine?

One of life's mysteries (probably not - I'm sure there will be someone with a technical explanation for you).

I hope your nephew is okay though?
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PostSubject: nut allergy   Sun 04 Sep 2011, 7:09 am

My little nephew had a severe allergic reaction after eating a choc chip biscuit. The doctor thinks it may be from the travesty of nuts in it, but he has had peanut butter and biscuits before and had no allergy.
Has anyone heard of that before, developing a reaction to something that was okay to eat before?
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