6.12.2009

Peanuts, Treenuts and Coconuts, Oh My!!!


Sophie with her rash



Today was spent in the office of a local allergist. When Sophie was a year old, she had a microscopic bite of peanut butter. The girl developed red dots around her mouth and a rash that made her look like she had been kissed by Ronald McDonald. Worried, we kept her from peanut butter for a long time. Unfortunately, many, many MANY things have pb in them and every time Sophers ingested pb, those pesky bumps showed up.

I brought this to her pediatricians attention who scheduled us with the allergist right away. It was an easy appointment. Sophie was great. She just played with stickers and watched cartoons while our entire world was about to be turned upside down.




Here is what her back looked like after her test was over and they had wiped an antihistamine solution all over her back. The hive on the upper right was the control. It gave her a hive that they compared to the other hives. The bottom right hive is peanuts. They scratched the oil on that one and the hive showed up almost instantly. The hive on the upper left is coconuts and all of the little hives are tree nuts and cats. Poor baby. I am super grateful that we caught these allergies early so that she won't know any different. The rest of us however have quite a bit of adjusting to do...

5 comments:

daiseymae said...

Oh poor baby! Was she as uncomfortable as it looked? I'm amazed she wasn't crying for the pictures.

Linsey said...

Poor Girl!! It will be an adjustment, but your right, since you found out so young, she will probably never notice (or care much) about the difference.

Anonymous said...

We deal with food allergies at our house too. Check out www.kidswithfoodallergies.org The site gave us tons of information and helped us adjust.

Also, they are getting very close to an effective treatment. My daughter is in a clinical trial at Mt. Sinai in NYC for her severe egg allergy.

Good luck to you & best regards!

Kris said...

Poor baby (and you)! :( I'm so sorry!

Amber said...

I'm glad you posted this. My youngest who is almost 2 gets the same reaction with PB and when the dogs touch her with their noses or lick her. It's actually worse with the dogs than with the PB. How soon (what age) can they do these tests? I'd love to know how severe her allergies are!