Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Bibi | 2009/06/27


Previous post and taking NUT allergy seriously

to the mom below, pls do everything in your power to protect your child re the nut allergy, you do noto say how severe he reacts but mostly a child with this allergy needs to be protected as the reaction can unfortunately be fatal. U r wise to think ahead of creche etc because from personal experience a lot of schools and day cares do not take it serious or even are aware of the dangers of a nut allergy!

Ask your GP/Paedi to give you a script for an epipen, this you will have to carry in your bag at ALL times , should a mistake occur as well as some celestamine which you will have to give child if he comes into contact with peanuts/nuts, remember that tree nuts can also be a problem. U will have to put it in writing for all the schls he attends and speak to principal personally to warn of dangers, go on internet and print out what can happen and what steps should be followed i.e. the child mite nd to go to a GP even after the celestamine and epipen have been given for oxygen, this might not be necessary if he is not highly allergic. The GP will nd to monitor the childs breathing, it is not to be taken lightly. LAter when older you can get a medic alert bracelt, get the forms from Diskem, as if your child is alone and something happens, people nd to see the bracelet to know what to do.

God forbid your child is not highly allergic. Pray that he grows out of it as 20 % kids actually do. Also there is hope for us with peanut allergy kids, new research is looking into a cure in 8 yrs time should have it. We will hold thumbs as it is not a nice thing. We already have to stress about so much this is just an added stress, the places you should really be watchful are parties, especially party packs, if your child is playing in a room away from you, make sure whoever he is playing with or the person whose house you at knows not to offer any nut products etc...

Good luck and all the best - strength your way! if you are careful all will be fine.
P.S>  my child is also allergic to lots but some like the egg white he is outgrowing the allergy, he can eat pineapple but if the juice of the pineapple gets on his skin he gets hives, how does 1 explain that!!! people should realise that kids of today are extrememly more allergic than years ago and us the parents of these kids do not knw why either, it is not a joke and it is to be taken seriously. Go to an allergist who will advise you how to manage this, maybe 6m of antihistamines, that helped my child to develop more tolerance to the things he is allergic to.


Expert's Reply



The first thing that needs to be established is that the tests are accurate and that the child concerned is indeed allergic to peanut.That is the first step as the tests which were originally done may not be accurate.

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